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Open educational resources: Removing barriers from within
Mishra, Sanjaya

PublishedSeptember 2017
JournalDistance Education
Volume 38, Issue 3, Pages 369 - 380
PublisherTaylor and Francis Online

ABSTRACT
Enthusiasts and evangelists of open educational resources (OER) see these resources as a panacea for all of the problems of education. However, despite its promises, their adoption in educational institutions is slow. There are many barriers to the adoption of OER, and many are from within the community of OER advocates. This commentary calls for a wider discussion to remove these barriers to mainstreaming OER in teaching and learning and argues for a rethinking of the idea of ‘open’ to make it more inclusive by redefining the concept. It reminds us of the original thinking behind OER – which was to create universally available educational resources that can improve the quality of teaching and learning. This commentary posits arguments against conflating OER and open education, questions the narrow definitions of OER, and raises issues around how to be more flexible and open to mainstreaming OER and removing barriers from within the OER movement.

Keywords barriers · open education · open educational practices · Open Educational Resources · open licenses · open pedagogy

ISSN1475-0198
RefereedYes
RightsCopyright © 2017 Informa UK Limited
DOI10.1080/01587919.2017.136935010
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01587919.2017.1369350
Other informationDistance Education
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