OER Challenges

From the teacher’s and the student’s point of view, the development of OER sounds all good. But there are challenges, and some people only see the down side to OER. This page looks at the OER challenges and how they can be tackled.

Access to the Internet is spreading and so more people are able to access online education.  But a major problem has been the access to affordable content. The OER movement seeks to address this issue by making content free to use and adapt by anyone. So what are the problems?

Creative Commons infographic

From Wikimedia Commons; Author: Martin Missfeldt / Bildersuche.org

The challenges that OER face include:

  • Establishing and maintaining quality;
  • Ensuring modularity of the resources;
  • Ensuring stability of the resources;
  • Standardization, so as to ensure transferability;
  • Persuading subject matter experts to release their intellectual property for open use.

Responding to the OER challenges of copyright

In response to this last major challenge, Creative Commons, a non-profit organization, was founded to assist authors who may not want to exercise all of the intellectual property rights the law affords them. Creative Commons works to define an alternative to copyrights by filling in the gap between full copyright, where use of resources is not allowed without explicit permission, and public domain, where permission is not required at all. Creative Commons Licenses allow users to copy and distribute their work under specific conditions, general descriptions, and legal clauses.

To this end, Creative Commons has developed a set of free public licenses to enable authors to share their work with others. Authors have the flexibility to specify that the use of their resources would require attribution, that it be non-commercial, or that the product be shared under the same license. Thus, while ‘open’ on the one hand can mean ‘without cost’, it does not necessarily translate to ‘without conditions’. The following is an example of the logo and text that would appear on a work using a Creative Commons license:

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License.

More OER Websites

Click on the other resource links on this site:

List of schools and programs

Matching School Ads
Expand your career horizons with an online degree from Everest University Online. Balance work and family while you study for your Associate's, Bachelor's, or Master's degree.

Programs:

  • Computer Information Science (Bachelor's)
  • Applied Management (Bachelor's)
  • Applied Management (Associate's)
  • And more...
Founded in 1789, Georgetown University is the nation's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university. Today, Georgetown is a major international research university that embodies its founding principles in the diversity of our students, faculty, and staff, our commitment to justice and the common good, our intellectual openness, and our international character.

Programs:

  • Master of Science in Nursing Delivered Online
  • Specialization: Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Specialization: Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
  • And more...
Work toward your degree online with Concordia University. We offer online Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree programs in educational leadership, and curriculum and instruction.

Programs:

  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction Bible Literacy
  • M.Ed. In Educational Administration, Dual Certification
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Teacher Leadership
  • And more...
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy. We have developed our own online learning environment with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.

Programs:

  • Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (Online)
  • Entertainment Business, Master of Science (Online)
  • Music Business, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • And more...

Pursue your education online with The College Network and learn how convenient and affordable earning your degree can be.

Programs:

  • LPN/LVN to RN - AS in Nursing (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)
  • LPN/LVN to RN - BS in Nursing - Indiana St. - (Licensed LPN/LVNs only)
Take the next step in your career with Everest College Phoenix. We offer programs in the business, health care, and legal fields.

Programs:

  • Business (Associate)
  • Business (Bachelor)
  • Accounting (Associate)

Take a new step in your education with Chamberlain College of Nursing. We offer associate, bachelor, and master's degree programs in nursing, plus a doctorate in nursing practice.

Programs:

  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to BSN Online Option
  • Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California's Rossier School of Education. This accelerated program provides the opportunity to earn a respected Master of Arts in Teaching degree and be recommended for a teaching credential.

Programs:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Master of Arts in Teaching - Teaching Credential
  • EdD in Organizational Change and Leadership
  • And more...

 

 

%d bloggers like this: