Tonja R. Conerly

Question #5: What do you think is the biggest benefit of Open Education and what do you think is missing?

Of course, the biggest benefit is that it’s free. What is missing is that we need more faculty members to be involved in this mission. The biggest concern or complaint in reference to the use of Open Educational Resources for faculty members is that they don’t have all the bells and whistles that the publishers have; the materials, test banks, and things like that. If we had more faculty members involved, we could all collaborate together and we make our instructional resources much better. You have all of this knowledge so why would it not be compatible or even better than the publisher’s resources? We know what we want. That’s the biggest benefit and that’s what I think is missing, the recruitment of faculty members. That’s what I recommend because I’m a faculty member and I would be able to relate to other faculty members knowing what you want and what you need in order to make your classroom a better classroom.


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