Discussion thread: Why OERs?
Sharing resources continues the OER life cycle and its free. --Crdavis71 14:23, 21 May 2010 (UTC)
Two heads are better than one. FG 19:08, 28 May 2010 (UTC)FG
Who benefits from an OER textbook?
Why higher education institutions like MIT, Tufts University, and others place open courses online?
Probably because they are aware that those problems we are facing on a global scale need answers from a 'global brain' like online communities which are sharing human thoughts, observations, intuition and solutions?
Another point of view could be: There are people in charge, who have developed a more community-oriented style of thinking?
A model describing a evolutionary oscillation between personal(ego)-centric and community-centered styles of thinking and behaviors in individuals as well as in societies was developed by Dr. Clare Graves in the second half of the last century. Nowadays it is referred to as Spiral Dynamics. But be careful, today there's a lot of "management- & coach-talk" involved. Stick to the roots, where research in psychology and sociology was more important than marketing ;-).
---Reiner- 09:31, 30 May 2010 (UTC)