Our publication about „Business models for Open Educational Resources: how to exploit OER after a funded project?“ at this year ED-Media conference in Amsterdam is online available:
Open Educational Resources (OER) projects often face the challenge of how to sustain and develop further the resources after the initial project funding comes to an end. OER are provided for free and open for anybody to re-use, modify and distribute. How than can the producers exploit the resources, are there any feasible business models, especially models which could remove or at least reduce dependence on limited and insecure funding? This article presents results of a survey of literature on OER business models and an overview of models identified in the literature. For projects which developed a learning program with OER the freemium model is being considered as a promising model.
[Draft @ ResearchGate]
Reference: Geser, G., Schön, S. & Ebner, M. (2019). Business models for Open Educational Resources: how to exploit OER after a funded project?. In J. Theo Bastiaens (Ed.), Proceedings of EdMedia + Innovate Learning (pp. 1519-1525). Amsterdam, Netherlands: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
Our publication about „REVENUE VS. COSTS OF MOOC PLATFORMS. DISCUSSION OF BUSINESS MODELS FOR XMOOC PROVIDERS, BASED ON EMPIRICAL FINDINGS AND EXPERIENCES DURING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT IMOOX“ at this year 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation in Sevilla, Spain is now online available.
Massive Open Online Courses, or MOOCs, are a modern phenomenon. Education for anyone, anytime and also from anywhere is the goal of various well-known MOOC platforms. On the one hand there is the noble idea to bring free education to society, but on the other hand there is the interesting question of who should pay for it. This research deals with the following research question: How should a business model for a MOOC platform look like. First, the models of the worldwide leading providers are described. Afterwards, a first cost model of the Austrian platform is presented. In the final section, possible revenues streams are discussed. It is concluded that a working business model will not be an easy task, but will be absolutely necessary for the future of (online) education.
Reference: H. Fischer, S. Dreisiebner, O. Franken, M. Ebner, M. Kopp, T. Köhler (2014). REVENUE VS. COSTS OF MOOC PLATFORMS. DISCUSSION OF BUSINESS MODELS FOR XMOOC PROVIDERS, BASED ON EMPIRICAL FINDINGS AND EXPERIENCES DURING IMPLEMENTATION OF THE PROJECT IMOOX
(pp. 2991-3000), ICERI2014 Proceedings, 7th International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation, Seville (Spain) 17-19 November, 2014: IATED. (ISBN: 978-84-617-2484-0)