Just spent some useful time in a workshop with lots of colleagues looking at some of the challenges around the adoption of Open Educational Practices.
Here is wee list we came up with
- Generally legal issues around publishing in open way are not recognised by institutions or individuals
- There are issues around current employment contracts - not clear to individuals or institutions around IP rights. Simple things like what happens when an academic leaves or moves to another institution.
- Some practice that are ok in classroom under fair dealing or other institutional licences are not ok if works are published on openly - few institutions have specific copyright checker
- Human factor too - institutions and individuals may not have an appetite for sharing - job fears, quality fears , and also concerns around or repurposing materials not invented in the institution.
- Not enough knowledge about things like Creative Commons and other licence policies
- Not enough information on best formats for publication of OER - things like EPub format not well understood
- On using other peoples OER even under creative commons concern around attribution of derivative works
- On specific things like images where meta data can be important you may want to share image but be concerned about licence of meta data
- Good practice identified in Holland and Denmark where academics are mandated to publish to Open Educational Journals.