Publishers Challenge Quality Of Open Educational Resources 28/05/2013 by Intellectual Property Watch 5 Comments Print This Post By Kelly Burke for Intellectual Property Watch The International Publishers Association (IPA) has published a paper that raises questions about the quality, sustainability, and public funding of Open Educational Resources (OER). While the paper notes that these resources are valuable, it points to a lack of accountability in keeping OERs up-to-date and defining their role alongside professionally-published resources. IPA is proponent of strong copyright protection, and could see a threat from opening up the lucrative textbook market. “We are sceptical however about the capacity of OERs to provide high quality content in core curriculum subjects in the longer term,” the paper said. “An over-reliance on OERs will endanger the quality of school level education until a number of challenges related to extensive use of OERs are addressed, especially sustainability, quality, and efficacy.” The IPA’s OER paper is available here [pdf]. Related Articles: Publishers Urge European Commission To Reject Google’s Competition Proposal Genetic Resources And Traditional Knowledge : Getting The Rules Right For Agriculture: A Key Challenge For WIPO’s IGC International Publishers Demand Egyptian Government Stop Attacks "Publishers Challenge Quality Of Open Educational Resources" by Intellectual Property Watch is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.