The Pros and Cons of Open Educational Resources

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The Pros and Cons of Open Educational Resources

  1. 1. Pros and Cons of Open Educational Resources By Ursula H.
  2. 2. Quality Issues  Quality assurance is not guaranteed  Information can be tangential and requires careful review by instructor However:  Greater access to quality choices from various universities  Standard might be improved by gathering of more contributors  Allows for peer review
  3. 3. Perception by Users  Students might use OER’s more because they appear (and sometimes are) more interactive  OER’s make use – and indirectly teach – current technology However:  OER courses can be misunderstood as providing degrees, diplomas, etc. when this is not an option
  4. 4. Economic Matters  Costs are minimal or nonexistent  OER’s offer more access to quality choices for more students  Educational choices are made available to more students
  5. 5. Accessibility  OER’s require reliable access to internet  This is challenging in technologically underserved areas However:  Those areas probably don’t have academic brick-and-mortar infrastructure either – OER’s are potentially more accessible  Course content is available for more extended periods of time
  6. 6. Licensing & Copyright Issues  Terms can be confusing for users (think “cage- free” compared to “free-range”)  The non-revocable nature of Creative Commons licenses can become an issue  The OER-concept can be perceived as a threat to the ownership of intellectual property
  7. 7. Academic Matters  Authors/faculty have access to a wider audience for their work  OER’s can function as showcases for research  Enhancement of learning institutions’ reputation as well as that of instructors  Best practice approaches can be shared worldwide
  8. 8. Current and Future Challenges  Sustainability of sites offering OER’s is not yet guaranteed  OER’s are not yet widely understood by the public, students, and instructors alike  Research needs to be conducted to evaluate learning results

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