Publishers Challenge Quality Of Open Educational ResourcesPublished on 28 May 2013 @ 7:26 pm
Intellectual Property Watch
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].