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

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List of schools and programs

 

Your creativity is a big part of who you are and where you're going. To take it, and your future, as far as you want, you need an education that's focused on developing your talents and putting you on the path toward the creative career that stirs your imagination.

Programs:

  • Culinary Arts Management (BS)
  • Baking & Pastry (AS)
  • Interior Design (BFA)
  • And more...
Locations: Arlington

As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.

Programs:

  • B.S. in Environmental Science
  • Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education/Curriculum and Instruction
  • 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...
A graduate degree really can make a difference, especially when it's from DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management. Online, evening and weekend classes are available.

Programs:

  • Graduate Certificate-Project Management
  • Graduate Certificate-Human Resource Management
  • Master's-Accounting and Financial Management
  • And more...
Animal Behavior College offers affordable, flexible programs for busy professionals interested in animal careers. We offer hands-on experience in over 400 locations nationwide.

Programs:

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Grooming Instruction
  • Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course

For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.

Programs:

  • Criminal Justice, AA (Online)
  • Criminal Justice, BA (Online)
  • Health Services Administration, BA (Online Only)
  • And more...
NASCAR Technical Institute is the exclusive educational provider for NASCAR and the only campus in the country to offer this exclusive training. Its highly specialized, hands-on training is fully sponsored and endorsed by NASCAR.

Programs:

  • Automotive Technology
  • NASCAR
Locations: Mooresville

Get a hands-on education at Lincoln College of Technology. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus

Programs:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Technology and Skilled Trades
  • And more...
Locations: Columbia

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:

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
  • MSN - Family Nurse Practitioner
  • RN to BSN Online Option
  • And more...
Locations: Downers Grove
Skyline College in Roanoke, VA understands the challenges faced by people wanting to compete in today's high paced world and offers a direct, concentrated path to your career goals.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting
  • Practical Nursing
  • Cyber and Network Security
Locations: Roanoke

 

 

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