Thursday, July 14, 2011
Stephen Downes developed this definition for OER: "Open educational resources are materials used to support education that may be freely accessed, reused, modified and shared by anyone." There was a discussion on the OER Forum (firstname.lastname@example.org) about using open source only which is intended to help everyone - but sometimes slows down some who are in settings where certain file types might be supported by our employer/school or whatever. David Wiley pointed out that using open source file types and programs is also a kind of orthodoxy that might not be practical. Rory McGreal supported that view. Some proprietary formats such as PDF are widely used - and as long as the document can be converted to other formats, perhaps we can relax a little on the open file format score. There was the discussion of "free" as in "anyone is free to do anything they'd like with this OER - including market it." That just doesn't sit well with everyone (yet). I find myself going back and forth on that. I'll keep thinking about that one..
Posted by Ilene Frank at 9:44 PM