[Duraspace] Fostering the Exploitation of Open Educational Resources | Richter | Open Praxis

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Mon Sep 15 20:45:09 SAST 2014

The central concept behind Open Educational Resources (OER) is opening up
the access to educational resources for stakeholders who are not the usual
target user group. This concept must be perceived as innovative because it
describes a general economic and social paradigm shift: Education, which
formerly was limited to a specific group of learners, now, is promoted as a
public good. *However, despite very good intentions, internationally agreed
quality standards, and the availability of the required technological
infrastructure, the critical threshold is not yet met.*

Due to several reasons, the usefulness of OER is often limited to the
originally targeted context. Questions arise if the existing quality
standards for Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) actually meet the specific
requirements within the OER value chain, if the existing quality standards
are applicable to OER in a meaningful way, and under which conditions
related standards generally could support the exploitation of OER.

We analyze quality standards for TEL and contrast the life cycle model of
commercial learning resources against the life cycle model of OER. We
investigate special demands on quality from the context of OER and, taking
the former results into account, derive emergent quality criteria for OER.
The paper concludes with recommendations for the design of OER and a future
standard development.

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