• I. Intellectual Property
  • II. Free Software
  • III. Open Source
  • IV. Open Content
  • V. Defining Free
  • VI. Defining Open
  • VII. Open Source Software Licenses
  • VIII. Open Content Licenses
  • IX. Open CourseWare
  • X. Open Educational Resources
  • XI. Open Textbooks
  • XII. Research in Open Education
  • XIII. The Economics of Open
  • XIV. Open Business Models
  • Download
  • Translations
  • 35

    Boston Consulting Group, “Open Educational Resources: The OER Ecosystem”

    Read the article at http://goo.gl/F28ZeL


    In late 2012, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, one of the major benefactors of the Open Educational Resource movement, commissioned the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) to do an evaluation of the OER ecosystem in an effort to determine its current state and its progress toward mainstream adoption. The BCG compiled primary and secondary research, in addition to conducting extensive interviews of roughly 375 OER experts and participants, teachers and educators. The OER Ecosystem is the summary report of their findings.

    Key Points

    The key research components included reviewing the role of OER, the role of the teacher, and the level of disruption, contrasted with how OER enriches existing resources, how OER is used as primary material, and how OER helps “flip” the classroom. The overall trend is that OER has some green shoots beginning to sprout but more resources are needed in order for it to become mainstream.

    Confusion exists about teachers’ intellectual property rights. Do they have the authority and autonomy to share if they want to?
    Why aren’t teachers using OER?

    1. Time to remix resources and logistics of getting someone to cover classes etc.
    2. Design knowledge

    Discussion Questions

    1. What is the number one strategy you would employ to make OER more mainstream in K-12, and in higher ed?
    2. Which stakeholders are best positioned to escort OER into the mainstream population and why? Policy makers, administrators, educators, funders?
    3. Why is there more OER in K-12 science and math? Is OER in the arts an important area of focus? Why or why not?
    4. How does one unequivocally determine what the “best” OER looks like? For example, who decides which OER lesson on the Civil War is really the best? Explain how you arrive at your answer, and defend it.

    Additional Resources


    This content is provided to you freely by Open Dental Education Consortium.

    Access it online or download it at https://odec.edtechbooks.org/openedreader/open-educational-resources-the-oer-ecosystem.