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Supporting the EFA and MDGs with Open Educational Resources

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Should OER favour commercial use?

A key issue in the open education arena is whether OER should favour commercial use.

This is a complex topic involving a wide range of perspectives which suggests a continuum of considerations rather than a definitive binary answer.

This discussion will roughly mirror the structure of an Oxford-style debate. However, in the pursuit of improved understanding of a complex topic the participants will be the ultimate winners by virtue of your engagement. 

Your votes and comments are needed to build a collective stream of digital consciousness in changing our world for the better -- that is, through degrees of openness in education.

You will need an account on this platform to cast a vote. If you don't have an account for the UNESCO OER Community, you can request an account from Abel Caine (email: a.caine@unesco.org) or Wayne Mackintosh during the course of the debate (email: wayne@oerfoundation.org).

Debate timeline: 18 April 2011 - 6 May 2011

This is an archived debate.

This debate is closed. Click here to see the summary of the debate.

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Yes: 57%
No: 43%
Yes: 65%
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Yes: 66%
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Yes: 66%
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Yes: 67%
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Yes: 65%
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Yes: 62%
No: 38%
Yes: 59%
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Yes: 58%
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Yes: 57%
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Yes: 57%
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Yes: 57%
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Debate introduction

The concept of Open Education Resources (OER) is firmly based on the educational value of sharing knowledge. A key issue in the open education arena is whether OER should favour commercial use ... more

Debate participants

Founding Director of the OER Foundation and active WikiEducator
President and founder of the Institute for the Study of Knowledge Management in Education
Co-founder and Executive Director of the CK-12 Foundation
Deputy Chief Executive, Otago Polytechnic; Chair of the OER Foundation Board of Directors