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Chapter 06. A business model approach for OER in Open Universities

Chapter 06. A business model approach for OER in Open Universities

This is a chapter from the book, Open Educational Resources and Social Networks. This chapter discusses the challenges an Open University faces when offering its learning materials as Open Educational Resources (OER). We will describe these challenges and the way the Open Universiteit in the Netherlands (OUNL) may tackle them. Open universities traditionally develop their courses to be used for independent learning, so all didactical elements are part of the course materials. By offering such courses as OER, a likely threat may be that learners will only use these OER and will not opt anymore for paid enrolment, thereby creating a severe loss in revenues for the institutions. We will focus on three possible scenarios for the OUNL in offering OER and the effects that each of these scenarios... Show More

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