Join the discussion on philanthropy and corporate advertising. The key question is how can non-profit organisations sustain free educational services for those who can't afford traditional education provision?
Consider the following issues:
- As a learner, how would you feel if the course materials included corporate advertising? If advertising were supported, how would you feel if the OERu course sites required you to switch off any add blockers before gaining access to the course materials?
- Is it appropriate for public funded institutions and charities working in education to generate revenue from corporate advertising to support and sustain free online services? What are the risks and opportunities?
Should education institutions and educational charities accept significant corporate sponsorship in return for profiling their products?
- The OERu has recommended that learners use free blogging services to share their learning outputs. Many of these services carry advertising. How do you feel about using these services being the product rather than consumer? Would it be better for OERu to recommend that learners use a paid service without advertising? How would this impact on learners who do not have sufficient funds to have a domain of their own?