Publishers Challenge Quality Of Open Educational Resources

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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].

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  1. says

    An over-reliance on commercial textbooks can also lead to the increase in school costs. The only time the costs of textbooks has ever come down was in response to open education resources. The whole point of OERs is that the best of them are created by and for the community that will use them. A math textbook created at a college, by the math dept. will be able to account for the particular needs of the local students in ways that commercial publishers just can’t do. You may also want to check out a posting I did a while back called “The Myth of Commercial Textbook Reliability.” http://cain.blogspot.com/2011/03/oer-myth-of-commercial-textbook.html

  2. says

    “The International Publishers Association questioning the appropriateness of making public funds available to OER is equivalent to the LA dodgers questioning the appropriateness of making baseball gloves available to opposing teams.

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