Reflections on Open Education and the Path Forward

iterating toward openness

The recently published OER strategy document , as informative as it is, reads more like a list of issues and opportunities than what Michael Feldstein describes as “ rungs on a ladder of ambition.” From 2003 – 2008 I focused on the evangelism problem.

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More on the Cost Trap and Inclusive Access

iterating toward openness

Back in 2012 – 2013] I was impressed (like many others I’m sure) with how Wiley was able to frame the cost-savings argument around open textbooks to build broader interest for OERs. ” For reasons I have outlined countless times (relating to the pedagogical innovation only possible in the context of permission to engage in the 5R activities), I believe OER adoption is a critically important means to achieving this end. I fear it is OER wanting it both ways.

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Hack Education

” For those keeping track of how great social media is for the future of education and knowledge and civics and such: “Last Year, Social Media Was Used to Influence Elections in at Least 18 Countries ,” says the MIT Technology Review. This group of older borrowers collectively hold $247 billion in student debt, an amount that has roughly tripled since 2003.” Stephen Downes and David Wiley debate OER : “The Cost Trap, Part 3” by David Wiley.