Introducing the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship

In a post of nearly two years ago (“OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test“), I argued that the OER community lacked a reliable way to assess new entrants to the OER field, especially for-profit organizations, in terms of their support for openness and OER community values. At the time, I asserted that the lack of a common language and reliable approach to identifying ‘good OER actors’ was detrimental for the field, including for all those individuals, organizations, and institutions seeking to sincerely engage with the movement. “I know it when I see it,” felt an unfair and capricious – an impossible – standard.

It is for that reason that I am pleased today to introduce the CARE Framework for OER Stewardship. The framework is described in a new paper jointly written by Lisa Petrides (ISKME), myself, and Eddie Watson (AAC&U) entitled, “Toward a Sustainable OER Ecosystem: The Case for OER Stewardship.”

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