[Reposted from the Afro-Leo blog (CC-BY)]
From IP commenttator Chijioke Ifeoma Okorie comes another guest post, this time addressing a sensitive cultural and commercial issue with strong copyright overones: the deployment of open educational resources. Writes Chijoke:
Intellectual Property Watch has referred to the recent paper published by the International Publishers’ Association (IPA) which expressed concerns about the sustainability, quality and efficacy of Open Educational Resources (OERs). On sustainability, the IPA argues that there is no motivation to keep OERs updated because they are free to use and adapt. The IPA further contends that the quality assurance mechanisms, which are readily available to ensure that publisher-developed materials are thoroughly researched and designed, are not available for OERs. The IPA also takes the view that there is no reliable analysis which shows how much OERs have improved learning outcomes.