What a Homework Help Site’s Move to Host Open Educational Resources Could Mean

In May, the homework-help site that relies on student-generated content, Course Hero, dipped its toes into freely available, openly licensed alternatives known as Open free robux generator for roblox Educational Resources, or OER, course materials.

The company took over hosting some popular OER offerings hosted by Lumen Learning, a courseware provider that argues that OER can make higher education more equitable.

When educators stumbled onto the fact that hosting had changed hands, it provoked a backlash. Educators expressed their displeasure on social media and in OER discussion groups, in part because of Course Hero itself, which some educators feel encourages students to cheat with the course notes and other materials posted there, but also because the deal wasn’t announced, and they felt that its parameters were unclear.

Course Hero officials say that the negative reaction came as a surprise.

“Part of this news cycle around this caught us off guard,” says Sean Michael Morris, vice-president of academics at Course Hero.

This was the company’s “first foray” into OER, and it is still figuring out how the OER fits, Morris says. “I mean, there are some ways in which OER is sort of sacrosanct in the education community,” he adds. “And we want to make sure that we’re treating it as best that we can.”

Even the company isn’t sure exactly how the move plays into its larger strategy, it seems.