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Are OERs the dictionaries of our time?
This question comes out of Giota Alevizou's interview did with David Cormier at the OpenEd09...
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2 February 2010
Dave suggests that OERs will become the platforms on which we will build knowledge and that the decisions we make at this stage are a) political and b) will have a huge impact on what's to come the future.
Very rough transcript of the video:
Hi my name's Dave Cormier from the University of Prince Edward Island. The thing we were talking about is how OERs are going to be the platform upon which we are going to be building knowledge for the 21st/ 22nd Century. What it is in a sense is the dictionary of our time. It's the platform. It's the base common language that we're going to be doing and one of the big important parts about that is that much like when the dictionary was done, it was done by a person with a position and it was conservative and all the rest of this stuff and the way he made those choices had a huge impact on what's to come and I think as we look at OERs now and we look at the content resources upon which we're going to be learning and growth and development and innovation, the political implications of the choices that we make and it's important for us to look at them and learn from the lessons of the last dictionary-style thing that happened in the 18th century and make those decisions as well as we can now and keep our eyes focused on that so we can have the best impact.
16:51 on 4 February 2010