Times Higher EducationBy Chris Parr. Forum hears doubts about uncollaborative and ‘imperialist’ initiatives. Massive open online courses could be hindering the development of open educational resources because they do not allow everyone to contribute to the innovation of content, a conference has heard. Patrick McAndrew, professor of open education at The Open University, said that although some online resources were genuinely open in this way, the best known Mooc platforms - such as Coursera and edX - were not. Speaking at Open Educational Resources 2013, held at the University of Nottingham on 26 and 27 March, he praised the work of platforms such as Peer to Peer University and the OpenCourseWare Consortium for “really being careful to do everything in a way that truly meets criteria of ‘open’”. Read more...