Active OER: Beyond open licensing policies

Posted on May 19th, 2016

Alek Tarkowski, co-founder of Creative Commons Poland, argues that open education needs to focus more on creating active policies that support engagement with open resources. Tarkowski suggests that open education has been too focused on strategies that ensure content is open and aligned with David Wiley’s 5 Rs of openness. However, he argues that “scale of usage, and not just the number of available resources, should be our key metric of success.” According to Tarkowski, the goal should be to empower and engage educators and learners through active policies, which could include “incentives for teachers to create, reuse and share OER, investing in repositories and other types of infrastructure for discovery and analytics of content, or paying attention to digital literacy of teachers and formulation of new pedagogies.”