THE EMERGENCE OF OPEN
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Giving Knowledge for Free
THE EMERGENCE OF OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES
Learning resources are often considered key intellectual property in a competitive
higher education world. However, more and more institutions and individuals are
sharing their digital learning resources over the Internet, openly and for free, as
Open Educational Resources (OER). This study, building on previous OECD work on
e-learning, asks why this is happening, who is involved and what the most important
implications of this development are.
The report offers a comprehensive overview of the rapidly changing phenomenon
of Open Educational Resources and the challenges it poses for higher education.
It examines reasons for individuals and institutions to share resources for free, and
looks at copyright issues, sustainability and business models as well as policy
implications. It will be of particular interest to those involved in e-learning or strategic
decision-making within higher education, to researchers and to students of new
Recent CERI publications
Evidence in Education: Linking Research and Policy (2007)
Understanding the Social Outcomes of Learning (2007)
Understanding the Brain: The Birth of a Learning Science (2007)
Demand-Sensitive Schooling? Evidence and Issues (2006)
Think Scenarios, Rethink Education (2006)
Personalising Education (2006)
Giving Knowledge for Free THE EMERGENCE OF OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES