An article in the New York Times, Building Schools Out of Clicks, Not Bricks, has recently emphasised the importance of the growing Open Education Resources (OER) movement, and its potential to close the knowlege divide between different regions around the world. The phrase “clicks instead of bricks” was coined by Sir John Daniel, President and CEO of the Commonwealth of Learning, during a keynote address at the Cambridge OER Conference held 17 April 2012.
The article highlights the efficiency gains for universities and governments throughout the world, and the ability of OER practices to revolutionise knowledge-sharing. It provides various examples that are furthering the goals of this growing movement, including Peer2Peer University, African Virtual University, OER University and the use of social media tool Pinterest in education. It also cites Cable Green, Director of Global Learning at Creative Commons, stating that “Textbooks cost more than tuition in many community colleges. That can’t be right.”