Larsen & Vincent-Lancrin believed that sharing the educational resources will result in the knowledge being available on the non-commercial terms, in simple words, free.

Open Educational Resources (OERs)

This is the reason why Open Educational Resources (OERs) are significant. OERs offer open courseware and content, open e-learning material, open software tools, free educational courses and much more. In short, OERs are a treasure house of free knowledge!

Open Educational Resources (OERs) have been widely documented and demonstrated in the recent times as a very important and positive prospect of education. Multiple conferences and declarations have been held in support of OERs. Such initiatives have brought about a heightened awareness within the learning community about the same.

Users of OERs are not required to pay for the information that they garner through it. However, if users do not have to shell out a single penny from their pockets for this purpose, then the question is: How, in such a scenario, can Open Educational Resources sustain?

The OER Models

To ensure the sustainability of OERs, various models have been theorized by educational experts.

Funding Models

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A number of OER projects have been funded in the recent past by the government, other organizations, groups, as well as individuals. Although financial support is provided through various means such as Endowment Model, Membership Model, Donations Model, Conversion Model, Contributor-Pay Model, Sponsorship Model, Institutional Model, Governmental Model, and Partnerships & Exchanges in this model, none of these models have emerged as a predominant one till date. Find more on how Angola deals with financial planning on Angola Fiscal Management Development policy Financing.