The federal government invests billions to fund programs that create educational, training, and instructional materials, but that doesn’t necessarily mean taxpayers have free access. A group of more than 85 educational technology stakeholders would like to see that change.
The group has urged the Obama administration to make more federally funded education content available online as open educational resources (OER). It’s also asking the public to get involved by using the hashtag #OERUSA to call for open access to the taxpayer-funded content.
“Giving educators, students, and the public at large greater access to publicly funded resources will only mean greater opportunities for success,” said Keith Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking in an article in eSchool News.
The group noted that making the content available could help college students who must grapple with the rising cost of course material. In addition, it could aid school districts that require students to share textbooks and other course materials as they struggle to find up-to-date textbooks.