Incentives for the OER Movement

Posted by: Alejandro Sucre

The mainstream adoption of open educational resources (OER) in higher education is unlikely to take place without the necessary incentives for faculty and institutions, Brian Jacobs argues today in a provocative article published on Inside Higher Ed. Brian draws the parallel with the open source software movement to disseminate the reasons why open source content is yet to be considered a strong alternative to commercial counterparts at colleges and universities around the country.

One suggestion he makes is to develop a system of compensation that recognizes the contributions made by the relevant stakeholders — copyright holders, faculty, and technologists. These efforts can subsequently spur a new breed of courseware that preserves the low prices and flexibility of the open source content, while utilizing learning technologies that support faculty teaching methods and promote student success.