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Commentary by Downes (Stephen Downes)
on link by AK, Higher Ed sponsored PLEs...an oxymoron?, Feb 24, 2011.
There's a discussion being conducted right now - Cable Green talked about it - under the heading of Open Educational Resources University, where this subject comes up explicitly. There are, it seems to me, two major schools of thought in the field - one in which OERs are 'produced' by publishers and universities, in order to ensure quality, etc., and funded through some sort of sponsorship program or even by charging students fees, and the other in which OERs are created by learners themselves and shared in a wider OER ecology. Not surprisingly, I subscribe to the second view. (Hits Today: 2545 Total: 2545)