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How relevant and practical are Open Educational Resources?: A case for a little humility about the potential

Alternate titleHow really relevant and practical are Open Educational Resources? A case for a little humility about the potential
Published2013
PeriodicalEdition Trends & Directions, Volume 2013
PublisherContact North/ Contact Nord, Ontario's Distance Education & Training Network
CountryCanada, North America

ABSTRACT
There is a huge amount of public interest in recent initiatives from MIT and Stanford in the development of massive open online courses (MOOCs) and in open educational resources such as Apple’s iTunes University and the Khan Academy. There are also less publicized, but equally interesting, MOOCs such as Change11 developed by enterprising Canadian and American thought leaders such as George Siemens, Stephen Downes and Curtis Bonk. Other significant developments are the OERu, which is aiming to provide formal accreditation based on open educational resources supplied by a number of ‘open’ universities, and collections of OER materials for specific markets, such as OER Africa. Some of the promoters of these initiatives and the mainstream media tout these developments as ‘revolutionizing’ higher education, and as bringing higher education to the masses.

Keywords accreditation · government · MOOC · Ontario

Published atOntario
Languageen
Other number20/11/2013
RefereedDoes not apply
RightsContact North | Contact Nord 2012
URLhttp://www.contactnorth.ca/trends-directions/open-educational-resources
Access date20/11/2013
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