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Peter Barnes
I wonder if HE becoming evermore a business-like, competitive sector as at all to blame of low resource reuse as far as teaching materials. I've also got the impression, having worked as a VLE admin for a while, quite a lot if academics are quite touchy what they regard about their intellectual property being accessible beyond their institution. Also, kudos and REF assessment lean towards broadcasting research output rather than teaching materials, do they not.
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Amber Thomas
Hi Peter. I think you're right that there is a tendency for academics to feel protective of their materials. Back in 2008 the Good Intentions report ( http://ie-repository.jisc.ac.uk/265/ ) explored this, and if anything the academic community seems even more split in attitudes now. Perhaps its because different concepts of education value content differently? Content can be seen as input or output, process or product, depending on the context, so there are different perspectives on its value to the teaching process.
I'd be interested to hear whether people think subject disciplines are a big factor in academic attitudes. They seem to be a big factor in open access to research, but less has been done around open educational resources.
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