On Being “Open for Learning”
Amyluv's bookmarks 2017-10-31
Earlier this month, Cengage and Learning Objects -a Cengage business unit-announced the launch of OpenNow, 'a suite of digital products for general education courses with open educational resources (OER) content.' Responses to media coverage of this new offering focused mainly on the business model, the adherence to the '5 Rs' of OER and the contributions of materials from Cengage back to the OER community. While these reactions are to be expected, they reminded me that 'open' is much more than OER content and its associated implementation and business models. An open approach to education and learning also encompasses open architecture for learning, such as open competency maps, open assessments and open credentials (see Wiley 2017). It also includes an open, standards-based infrastructure to enable learning tool and data interoperability.