Motivation behind the OER movement

Open Education, where does this idea come from? What is the motivation behind it?:

Having talked about the definitions of the terms used, let’s dig a bit deeper and explore where this idea of open education comes from. Basically, the motivation behind open education really has three important angles:

  1. Inherited from the open source philosophy
    >quality unfolds, when people get the opportunity to continuously work and further develop things<
    "Open Source is a development method for software that harnesses the power of distributed peer review and transparency of process. The promise of open sources is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility, lower costs, and an end to predatory vendor lock-in." (source

  2. Hand in hand with the open access debate
    >knowledge is a public good, and should therefore be accessible to the public<
    The William and Flora and Hewlett Foundation simply states:
    “At the heart of the movement toward Open Educational Resources is the simple and powerful idea that the world’s knowledge is a public good and that technology in general and the Worldwide Web in particular provides an extraordinary opportunity for everyone to share, use, and reuse knowledge” (IJEDICT, 2009)

  3. Inspired by innovative teaching and learning pedagogies (see module 5):
    >concepts like individual learning environments, and flipped classroom call for open content<
    One opinion of a “budgie-loving bibliophile who teaches EdTech at Western Oregon University”: Click!

Task 3

Think about the benefits of OER for (A) learner, (B) OER originators, (C) other educators, (D) educational institutions, and other sectors (eg, employers, public bodies, etc.). Read what others have already listed and add your thoughts on our open virtual pinboard

possible solution


continue with module 1...