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A shift in perspective
Upon further research in the area of Open Education Resources, I had amended my stand to say that we should not overlook on the various disadvantages which open access might bring.
First of all, to elaborate on the advantages of OER from Yi Lin’s post, we had common grounds in agreeing that every individual deserves an equal chance to learn irregardless of differing demographics such as race, family income level or age. Based on my research on educational attainment, it draws my attention that even for a first world country like America, not everyone is privileged enough to afford college or a degree of their interest. OER provide substantial cost savings to students without negatively impacting their learning (Hilton & Wiley, 2011; Allen, 2010). Cheaper textbooks and material costs!
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Furthermore, education institution stands to benefit as well! Linking back to my post about academic publishers moving towards oligopoly, through OER, education institution can afford to provide a higher quality of teaching for their students through a wider source and selection of research materials!
Moving onto the macro perspective. On the surface, OER seems to be an ideal solution to aid developing countries such as Africa and Afghanistan. Examples: Cheaper textbook costs and higher quality of teaching.
However, Easter mentioned that the proliferation of free online resources available would result in a drop in OER quality. This problem would be magnified as developing countries would have a harder time filtering and locating relevant materials which are truly effective. Not to forget, due to the lack of internet access in developing countries, it drives the fundamental question of whether are the ones whom are truly in need of education benefiting from OER?
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Lastly, to what extent would transfer of learning truly takes place? As mentioned from Tonybates: you can’t just take content from one country and dump it into another and expect results. Perhaps educational institutions from developed countries may take distance learning into considerations and alter selected OER to ensure effectiveness of training in developing countries.
To a certain extent, would OER and widen the poverty gap of developing countries since only developed countries get to reap the most out of open access? This leaves me to ponder about my previous stand, the disadvantages of open access in the area of global education shouldn’t be overlooked.
Read my comments on their blogs by clicking on the link below:
Yi Lin – https://ohwhyelle.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/topic-5-open-access-to-online-materials/#comments
Easter – https://speakwithoutoffendingblog.wordpress.com/2015/11/11/topic-5-free-online-content-yay-or-nay/#respond
Sally M Stone (2005) Open Education Resource serves the world
John Levi Hilton III, T. Jared Robinson, David Wiley, and J. Dale Ackerman(April, 2014)
Cost-savings achieved in two semesters through the adoption of open educational resources