[Irtalk] Fast-tracking OER policy and practice in South Africa – UNISA on the move | UCT IP Unit

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed May 28 14:41:54 SAST 2014

A big question is the role that will be played by commercial publishers.
Will they simply be marginalized or put out of business by the availability
of OER, or will their skills be harnessed in different ways? Are
open/commercial partnerships going to offer advantages?
*​​​​Already the trend emerging among the big international publishing
companies is the purchase of online learning e​​nvironments, so that their
strategic focus starts to move from ownership of content to ownership of
the technology, the delivery vehicle and the learning process*. Wiley,
McGraw Hill and especially, Pearson are already moving in this direction.
This new environment offers the opportunity for content to be
disaggregated, customized and localized, something that South African
lecturers have been asking for, for a long time.



*This looks like another "serials crisis" in the making, if the commercial
publishers take over everything. How will academic libraries world wide
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