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As part of a debate for the Sidecap project, I had to present the ant-OER case.

As part of a debate for the Sidecap project, I had to present the ant-OER case.

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OER debate OER debate Presentation Transcript

  • The anti-OER case
    Martin Weller
    Elia Grant-Fraser
    Dorothy Cooshna-Naik
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/christopherdale/23860378/
  • <I don’t necessarily believe all of this!>
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/devildoggie/225651847/
  • Sustainability
    Lack of reuse
    Reuse is hard
    Individual/institutional resistance
    Leave it to others
    Lack of evidence
    Cultural imperialism?
    Quality/Depth
    Learn through creation
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/maistora/3237164755/
  • MIT OpenCourseWare costs $3.5M annually
    Connexions: 5,221 modules only 15 modules were used, reused, or adapted more than five times.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/daviddmuir/2125697998/
  • Some suggestions
    Little OER will beat big OER
    Only when alternative outputs are recognised will academics do it
    Education will not lead the way
    Easy aggregation will work, large scale reversioning won’t
  • Sustainability
    Large projects with big overheads
    MIT OpenCourseWare costs $3.5M annually
    What happens when funding runs out?
    What happens when cutbacks hit?
    Conclusion: OER projects are an expensive way to do ‘open’
  • Lack of reuse
    Connexions: 5,221 modules - 3,519 reused in a collection or adapted in any manner elsewhere on the site - 15 modules were used, reused, or adapted more than five times.
    (http://opencontent.org/blog/archives/905)
    Compare with CommonCrafteg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0klgLsSxGsU
  • Reuse is hard
    Need to locate array of resources
    Change to suit context, learn skills etc
    Often easier just to do it from scratch
  • Resistance
    Why share?
    Unease
    Not suitable
    Institutions don’t like giving stuff away
  • Educational institutions don’t do this well
    Leave it to YouTube, Slideshare, etc
  • We all agree that idealistically, altruistically it’s a good thing.
    But…
  • imperialism
    Influence from one lecturer?
    Social/humanities subjects more context dependent