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"A Free Online University Tests the Waters"

Cable Green, PhD
Director of Global Learning

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Hi Steve

Given the demand for access to post-secondary education, we need hundreds of institutions which will offer more affordable access to post-secondary education.

It appears that there are further limitations to freedom and openness. While UOP advocates they are part of the OER movement and use OERs for their courses -- I can't establish how to gain access to their course materials without paying the registration fee and the website is all rights reserved. 

It would be great if institutions providing more affordable access to open education would share back any value additions based on OERs they have received freely.


Wayne Mackintosh, Ph.D.
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Hi Stephen,

I don't think licenses are good tools to try and regulate intent and/or open education behavior in practice. 

Without debating which license is better or more free, in practice it would still be possible to lock a NC licensed resource behind a password without using a paywall and so the NC restriction doesn't resolve the issue of motive or intent of downstream users.

Like yourself, I have no problem with people or organisations making money from OER.

However, I do have problem with "openwashing" -- as we say in the Commonwealth -- that's not cricket ;-)


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