Discussion thread: Why OERs?

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Discussion thread: Why OERs?

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Please read the OER Handbook Version 1.0

Why "share" expertise & resources in these times?

  • In these times the ones who share there expertise and resources are the ones who have more influence in the world and who are developing there expertise in the global learning communities. The knowledge you share with others comes back to you multiplied! --Teromakotero 16:51, 23 March 2010 (UTCω
  • Because everyone gains from sharing. The experts get feedback from the visitors of their wikis and the recipients get the information they need. Georgia

Who benefits from an OER textbook?

  • Everybody. Most of all poor people who can't afford to buy books. --Teromakotero 17:49, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
  • A lot of people especially who have access to computers and cannot afford to pay. and i agree with the first statement.
  • I think, all of them. Experts who may get information from their readers and the wiki visitors get the sources without having to pay for knowledge. I agree with the previous statements. Georgia

Why higher education institutions like MIT, Tufts University, and others place open courses online?

  • They have understood the potential of open resources and anyone can evaluate the high level of their education. --Teromakotero 18:09, 23 March 2010 (UTC)
  • They give access and chance to participate and learn to all people who cannot manage to do full time courses.
  • They give chance to people to contribute ideas even if they are not present.
  • Universities widen the circle of their students who may contribute with their feedback and ideas. Georgia

Does sustainability have something to do with this?

  • Yes. If you have open resources in the Internet, you don't have to make so much books and textbooks for students. --Teromakotero 18:12, 23 March 2010 (UTC)ainable
  • I believe it does. If there is sustainable feedback and expansion of resources and links, wiki users can keep up with progress and information income. Georgia