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Open Education Resources 
The Pros and Cons 
By Amanda E. LeeVan 
Photo credit: opensourceway / Foter / CC BY-SA
The Pros
OERs can supplement textbooks & 
lectures when information is incomplete 
 With supplemental lesson modules 
 With video...
Students around the world can access 
OERs at any time, over and over 
Photo credit: tonynetone / Foter / CC BY
OERs can reduce the expense of 
traditional textbooks and course packs 
Photo credit: opensourceway / Foter / CC BY-SA
Continually Improved Resources 
 OERs can be improved quickly through editing by other users 
 or through solicited feed...
Provide Enhancements to regular course 
content with free content and open tools 
 Multimedia material can accompany text...
Cons
Con: Quality issues with some OER 
resources 
 Since there are several OER repositories that allow any user to create an ...
Con: Technological barrier issues 
 Some students may have 
trouble using some OERs if 
they use an older or slow 
comput...
Con: Creative Commons licensing terms 
can be confusing to users 
 Users unfamiliar with the CC licensing may be confused...
Con: Creative Commons licenses are 
non-revocable 
 CC Licensing can be changed or removed from items but materials alrea...
Con: Question on the long term 
sustainability of OERs 
 While there has been significant money for OER startup developme...
Will You OER? 
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  1. 1. Open Education Resources The Pros and Cons By Amanda E. LeeVan Photo credit: opensourceway / Foter / CC BY-SA
  2. 2. The Pros
  3. 3. OERs can supplement textbooks & lectures when information is incomplete  With supplemental lesson modules  With videos and podcasts  With student centered activities  With formative and practical assessments  With interactive labs
  4. 4. Students around the world can access OERs at any time, over and over Photo credit: tonynetone / Foter / CC BY
  5. 5. OERs can reduce the expense of traditional textbooks and course packs Photo credit: opensourceway / Foter / CC BY-SA
  6. 6. Continually Improved Resources  OERs can be improved quickly through editing by other users  or through solicited feedback  Depending on the license other uses can revise, remix, and add additional content to continually update resources
  7. 7. Provide Enhancements to regular course content with free content and open tools  Multimedia material can accompany text allowing for multiple formats to meet UDL guidelines which may help all students to learn the material more easily Photo credit: kfasimpaur / Foter / CC BY-SA
  8. 8. Cons
  9. 9. Con: Quality issues with some OER resources  Since there are several OER repositories that allow any user to create an account and post materials  the accuracy and relevance of some materials is questionable  There are no quality standards for resources submitted
  10. 10. Con: Technological barrier issues  Some students may have trouble using some OERs if they use an older or slow computer or internet connection  Not all students have ready access to internet Photo credit: Mike Licht, NotionsCapital.com / Foter / CC BY
  11. 11. Con: Creative Commons licensing terms can be confusing to users  Users unfamiliar with the CC licensing may be confused with if and how they can use resources
  12. 12. Con: Creative Commons licenses are non-revocable  CC Licensing can be changed or removed from items but materials already used, reused or revised will continue to be exponentially available  This may scare off some educators who are unsure of their future potential as published professors who may feel they would loose out of royalties Photo credit: Neubie / Foter / CC BY
  13. 13. Con: Question on the long term sustainability of OERs  While there has been significant money for OER startup development, there is some question about keeping the resources up to date and maintaining the servers and file sharing portals open for worldwide access over the long term
  14. 14. Will You OER? Photo credit: westernedge_photo / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

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