Good practice

There are a variety of business models currently being trialed for the development and sustainability of OER initiatives though, to date, none has produced solid evidence of success, so a mix of business models is likely to be used in the short-term. The big challenge now is that the scale of investment, especially from governments, is unlikely to continue. Lack of government support has already been reported by several countries in POERUP (Policies for OER Uptake, click!), including the UK, Canada and Italy, as a major factor in limiting further development of OER.

The current economic crisis affecting many countries has led to a decrease in government investment in education and innovation, which has weakened the already challenging situation concerning the promotion of OER in some countries. There is a persuasive counter argument, however, which suggests that austerity and cutbacks have actually accelerated some teaching and learning policy changes (OER amongst them) as institutions, regions and nations seek cost savings. (POERUP)

The Open Education movement started as and remains a bottom-up movement, which can be seen by the many individual and privately organized initiatives (Find out more by reading the need analysis reports of OERup!)

Check out the practice examples below:

 1. Future Learning by Richard Baraniuk


2. the business model of Lumen Learning by Kim Thanos and David Wiley (click!)

3. Open Education: the Business & Policy Case for OER by Cable Green and Ellen Wagner

  • Webcast link (click!)
  • Presentation link (click!)

    (Note: the webcast runs only with Blackboard Collaborate Launcher. You will be redirected for download)


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