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There is no business model for open educational resources: A business model approach
de Langen, Frank

PublishedOctober 2011
JournalOpen Learning: The Journal of Open, Distance and e-Learning
Volume 26, Issue 3, Pages 209-222

ABSTRACT
The economic proverb ‘There is no such thing such as a free lunch’ applies also to open educational resources (OER). In recent years, several authors have used revenue models and business models to analyse the different sources of possible funding for OER. In this article the business models of Osterwalder and Chesbrough are combined with research on the motives of the participants of OER to analyse possible funding models. If the motives of governments (knowledge economy), educational institutions (efficiency, marketing), individual producers (reputation, academic interests) and users (intermediary educational products, learning) are combined, it is shown that the only long-term sustainable independent business model is based on subsidies. However, this conclusion depends both on the definition of openness (in the sense of at no cost) and on motives. More research on both aspects could alter these conclusions.

Keywords management of educational organisations · OER · open business models

Other number3
RefereedYes
RightsCopyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited
DOI10.1080/02680513.2011.611683
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