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Viewpoint Global warming toward open educational resources
Baraniuk, Richard G. and Burrus, Sidney C.

PublishedSeptember 2008
JournalCommunications of the ACM
Volume 51, Pages 30–32

ABSTRACT
The buzz surrounding the high cost, limited access, static nature, and often low quality of the world's textbooks has reached a crescendo lately, with many claiming a serious threat to the future of the next generation, the training of work forces worldwide, and the democratic process in society. The current predicament lowers the quality of education in the developed world; even worse, it puts education out of reach for many in the developing world. Enter the Open Educational Resources (OER) movement. The most exciting thing about OERs is that free access is just the beginning. OERs enable the development of tighter feedback loops that immerse students in interactive learning environments and couple learning outcomes more directly into textbook development and improvement. While the OER movement is rapidly gaining speed, there are a number of potential roadblocks that must be carefully navigated for it to prosper: 1. technology fragmentation, 2. intellectual property fragmentation, 3. quality control, and 4. success models.


Languageeng
ISSN1557-7317
DOI10.1145/1378727
URLhttp://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?doid=1378727.1388950
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