ATG Article of the Week: Publishers and Open-Resource Advocates Square Off on the Future of Course Content

Publishers and Open-Resource Advocates Square Off on the Future of Course Content” is a post from The Chronicle of Higher Education that reports on a debate The Chronicle sponsored between publishers and open resource advocates about textbooks. It also includes a podcast of the debate.

The debate was part of the South by Southwest Edu conference and “featured Peter Cohen, executive vice president of McGraw-Hill Education, and Cheryl Costantini, vice president for content strategy at Cengage Learning, representing the publishing industry…

Their sparring partners on Team OER were Kim Thanos, co-founder and chief executive at Lumen Learning, and Mark Johnson, a dean at San Jacinto College and head of its open-resources project.” Goldie Blumenstyk, the article reporter was the moderator.

Team Publisher asserted that the evolution of the textbook marketplace was already leading students to create “their own market equilibrium,” allowing them to obtain required course materials at affordable prices through a combination of textbook rentals, used books, and purchase of new so-called smart books from commercial publishers.

Team OER, meanwhile, argued that if the goals were affordability and better pedagogy, the use of low- or no-cost, openly licensed content, which can be reused, revised, remixed, redistributed, and retained with no limits, was the better option by far…

You can listen to a podcast of the debate at: A Debate on “Open” Educational Resources – SXSWedu 2017

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