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The Role of University Faculty in the OER World

Open educational resources are an extension of the learning object excitement of a few years ago (with less complex meta-data schemes :) ). I’m very much in favor of sharing learning resources, especially when they have been developed with public funds. But, OERs are not the answer. They are at best a transitory solution. Product-based approaches to learning will ultimately fail. Two significant pressures: 1) Learning is a social process that requires interaction between learners and educators, 2) information development will continue to increase exponentially, meaning today’s OERs cannot be kept current. But, while we are waiting to fully experience the flaws of OERs, here are a few thoughts on The Role of University Faculty in the OER World.