Online Learning Update

March 13, 2018

A Guide to Good OER Stewardship

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

A Guide to Good OER Stewardship

by Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

Interest in open educational resources — freely accessible and openly licensed learning materials — is booming. But while OER’s growing popularity with faculty members has delighted supporters, it has also attracted the attention of commercial publishers. Macmillan Learning, Cengage, Pearson and McGraw-Hill have all recently introduced products that incorporate open educational resources into platforms that also include proprietary material. The development of these products has sparked concern among some OER advocates, who question whether OER that you pay to access is really still open. But publishers say they are adding value by making it easy for faculty members to adopt OER, by helping them find the best content and enhancing it with supplementary materials such as homework and exam questions.

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