Power Dynamics in a Complex OER Environment: Who Is Leading the Way?
Many stakeholders make up the OER landscape and include faculty, students, administrators, librarians, bookstore managers, traditional publishers, OER authors/publishers/aggregators, and advocacy & support organizations. Each group operates from a unique perspective, and interest in OER is motivated by different factors. Moving forward, can all stakeholder groups be successful and work together? This paper examines conditions facing each group while also noting barriers preventing movement toward OER. To further analyze interrelationships and interdependencies among groups, we present five specific types of power to describe how each group can exert power over, and influence the other stakeholder groups, as well as being subjected to the power of others. A more complete understanding of the power dynamics at play in the OER movement will benefit those seeking to further their own interests, whether in favor of OER, opposed to OER, or undecided.
|Work Title||Power Dynamics in a Complex OER Environment: Who Is Leading the Way?|
|Creators||Thomas Reinsfelder; JACOB PRESTON MOORE|
|Keyword||Open Educational Resources; OER|
|License||Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)|
|Acknowledgments||Published in Library Trends - Special Issue on OER, Fall 2020 69(2), 370-394|
|Publisher||Johns Hopkins Universtiy Press|
|Publication Date||January 14, 2021|
|Subject||Open Educational Resources (OER)|
|Publisher Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1353/lib.2020.0038|
|Deposited||January 23, 2021 21:31|
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