OERwashing: Beyond the Elephant Test

My reaction to a news story about an education company acquisition seems to have set off a debate in my twitter feed about the intersection of open educational resources (OER) and the role of the private, for-profit sector in the K-12 content/curriculum market:

For the love of all things good and holy, can we not keep confounding ‘open’ with ‘free’? #notOER https://t.co/q3CzWFNmJz

— Doug Levin (@douglevin) May 3, 2016

I said my piece in the updated article that spurred my original comment (including that the service the company in question provides looks “interesting and valuable,” especially in the context of the K-12 assessment market). I stand by my comments in the article and don’t have any particular interest in commenting further on this specific company or on its marketing practices.

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