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I attended an online conference on open educational resources (OER) organised by OTTER, the University of Leicester OER project. This took place using Wimba with the session themes being proposed by the attendants.

I try to use Twitter at events as I have found it an excellent tool for summarising what I’m hearing (or thinking) and others, who are not present, have been kind enough to tell me that they find it useful; those who find it irritating have been kind enough to keep it to themselves.

Looking back over my Tweets, I seem to have asked a lot of questions inspired by the presentations. Here’s a selection:

  • Do OER replace the textbook… or the educator?
  • What would OER look like that didn’t need an ‘educator’ to deliver it?
  • What do students lose by not seeing inspirational teachers?
  • What happens when the number of graduates exceeds the number of graduate posts?
  • What do we mean by ‘validation’ and ‘quality control’ in OER? Who decides, the users or a committee?
  • What about accreditation for students self-teaching with OER but not enrolled on a course?
  • Could an institution be created, based on using OER already available, giving accreditation?
  • Is learning without accreditation worthless today?
  • Who should be creating OER? A free for all? An organised body that take commissions?
  • Do academics know just how many OER there are out there incl. Creative Commons images, and how easy to find?
  • Are people who create OER also users of OER? Does it matter if they are two separate groups?
  • Do we need to be looking at relative levels of supply and demand for various kinds of OER?
  •  Is it ethical to charge for a course made of OER?
  • Problem of orphan works; what’s to do?
  • Is copyright the problem?
  • Are the copyright laws now outdated in the digital age?
  • What is the meaning of ‘Commercial/non-commercial’ in Creative Commons licenses?
  • How much can knowledge be said to be owned by individuals?
  • Does copyright deny the contribution of others and hold back development?
  • Could and should OER replace educators?
  • Are institutions missing the point my focussing on OER as marketing tools?
  • Is there a relationship between the open source and OER model?

I’d be interested to know your thoughts.

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