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Giving knowledge for free: The emergence of Open Educational Resources
Organization for Econcomic Co-operation and Development [corporate] and Centre for Educational Research and Innovation [corporate]

PublishedJuly 2007
PeriodicalPages 1-147
PublisherOECD Publishing

ABSTRACT
Learning resources are often considered key intellectual property in a competitive higher education world. However, more and more institutions and individuals are sharing their digital learning resources over the Internet, openly and for free, as Open Educational Resources (OER). This study, building on previous OECD work on e-learning, asks why this is happening, who is involved and what the most important implications of this development are.

The report offers a comprehensive overview of the rapidly changing phenomenon of Open Educational Resources and the challenges it poses for higher education. It examines reasons for individuals and institutions to share resources for free, and looks at copyright issues, sustainability and business models as well as policy implications. It will be of particular interest to those involved in e-learning or strategic decision making within higher education, to researchers and to students of new technologies.

Keywords OER policy · accessibility · mapping the OER movement · OER barriers to adoption · OER quality · copyright · OER history

Languageeng
ISBN9789264031746
RefereedDoes not apply
Rights© OECD 2007
URLhttp://www.oecdbookshop.org/oecd/display.asp?K=5L4S6TNG3F9X&DS=Giving-Knowledge-for-Free
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