Discussion thread: Why OERs?
Sharing and collaborating is something that should embraced and encouraged, in these moment all can benefit from it.
--Anilom 02:14, 23 April 2010 (UTC)
Sharing is a joy and only one who has shared will know what it actually means. A teacher actually starts learning when s/he starts teaching. It is pointless to re-invent the wheel, but makes more sense to build upon it and make the wheel better and more efficient. Anilom is absolutely correct in stating that "all can benefit from sharing and collaborating".
IGNOU just could not have become a mega university if it was for the large number of academic counsellors who share their knowledge and assist our learners. Also without the institutional collaboration of the host institutions where our study centres are located, we could not have possibly reached to so many disadvantaged learners who are eager to begin the journey of learning again. All the excellent self instructional material which forms the backbone of our delivery mechanism would not have been so excellently developed if it were not for the expertise shared by the course contributors.
The advent of latest computer based interactive technology has opened up many more vistas.There many hurdles in learning to operate technology. People are diffident and it is necessary to train and teach people how to use technology. The past few days have been an enjoyable learning experience and i hope it will motivate me sufficiently to remain literate in wiki skills.
The OER movement seems to be a win win situation. For whoever wishes to learn, the maxim would be Seek and thy shall find. (Kalpana Gupte 18:48, 23 April 2010 (UTC))
When you share, you don't loose anything... You get more! Best way to learn more is teach and best way to get more is share! --Teromakotero 18:38, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
Who benefits from an OER textbook?
Nobody loose anything, but many can have benefits. For example: if you can't afford to buy a textbook, it's very difficult to study. Everybody in the hole world should have the same possibilities to study and progress! --Teromakotero 18:42, 28 April 2010 (UTC)
Why higher education institutions like MIT, Tufts University, and others place open courses online?
Because in the end sharing their materials has no consequences. To receive a certificate people still need to enroll in their programs. --Anilom 02:18, 23 April 2010 (UTC)
I do not agree that the materials have no consequences. The needs will be different. Students will still enroll in their programmes because the certifications hold great value. Merely accessing material will not serve everyone's purpose, but one may need to know just a little and may be able to gain that information/knowledge by accessing the materials which would hitherto have been inpossible. (Kalpana Gupte 18:54, 23 April 2010 (UTC))
It's a very good way to make everybody know the high quality of their teaching and professors! Also for the professors it's a good thing, because their work will be known everywhere in our planet! --Teromakotero 18:46, 28 April 2010 (UTC)