As educators, technologists, and creators, we are living in exciting times as technology creates ever increasing opportunities for us to build and share Open Educational Resources (OERs) (Parisky & Boulay, 2013) from VR / AR / MR (Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality/Mixed Reality) to digital video to transmedia to podcasting to games to mobile and e-learning … and the list goes on. Creating these resources though, costs time and money (Śliwowski, 2014).
In order to better understand both established and emerging funding / business models around the production and distribution of OERs (Downes, 2007; de Langen, 2013), an International team of researchers and educators from Canada, South Africa and Thailand, have been researching various funding models including grants / awards, foundation funding, crowdfunding, sponsorship / brand partners, traditional broadcast solutions, advertising, affiliate marketing, freemium models, and more to learn what makes OER projects successful in each of these streams of funding. The team’s goal in doing this is to create an OER for other OER creators to learn from, as they approach finding funding for their OER projects.
This session will share the findings of the team’s research, including case studies from OER projects that were successful and those that were not. We will examine what worked for these projects in their funding initiatives, and what did not. Ultimately, we will be exploring what turned “nos” and “maybes” for funding on various OER projects into “yeses”.
Exploring successful and sustainable funding models for creation of OERs.
de Langen, F.H.T. (2013). Strategies for Sustainable Business Models for Open Educational Resources. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning. 14. 53-66. 10.19173/irrodl.v14i2.1533.
Downes, Stephen. (2007). Models for Sustainable Open Educational Resources. Interdisciplinary Journal of Knowledge and Learning Objects. 3. 10.28945/384.
Parisky, A., & Boulay, R. (2013). Designing and Developing Open Education Resources in Higher Education: A Molecular Biology Project. International journal of technology, knowledge and society, 9(2), 145-155.
Śliwowski, K. (2014). OER are not really free. [online] OER Mythbusting. Available at: https://mythbusting.oerpolicy.eu/oer-are-not-really-free/ [Accessed 30 Nov. 2018].