Donald Clark - Brighton, Sussex
The promise was of a future where Open Educational Resources would sweep the globe and those pesky publishers would be wiped away by a tsunami of high quality, free stuff. It happened to a degree with Wikipedia, Khan, YouTube, MOOCs, Duolingo but almost in spite of the OER movement. There seemes to have been a bifurcation in OER between lots of publically funded projects that tended to atrophy even die and a successful crop of global successes. I’d argue that this was because of several strains of scepticism, institutional attitudes and a lack of awareness around marketing and sustainability in the educational community. The successes have been those that bucked these trends.
1. War on Wikipedia
Wikipedia is still being treated as a pariah resource in education. I still encounter fierce resistance and an almost visceral dislike of Wikipedia by professional educators, yet universal acclaim by learners and users. Rather than accept the fact that it is the most used and valuable knowledge base we have ever known, and that almost every learner on the planet finds it useful, educational professionals engage in a low level war against its use, usually on the back of uninformed, anecdotal statements on accuracy. This has been counterproductive but symptomatic of the problems around OER.