Why MOOC OERs are “ultimate necessities” in higher education

Researcher discusses 3 strategies to open up MOOC content.

OER-open-MOOCAre MOOCs truly the open education innovation they were designed to be?

That’s the question one researcher says those in academia should be asking. Though MOOCs are based on ubiquity (suggesting an evolution of the Open Learning Movement), in contrast with open educational resources (OER), MOOC content is often paywalled and copyrighted.

“Philosophically, the main problem with MOOCs is the inaccessibility and inadaptability of their resources, challenging democratic open access to knowledge,” explains Javiera Atenas, learning technologist at University College London (UCL). “MOOC openness is often related with openness to enrollment, and does not point to openness of the contents and the resources…A number of authors and organizations consider it an ultimate necessity to open up MOOC resources.”

According to Atenas, there are three “main problems” with MOOCs available today, ranging from retention to funding, and allowing content for OER could help alleviate these problems.

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