Licensing for Learning

Dennis Macnamara, Distance Learning Association of Australia, Nov 15, 2005
Commentary by Stephen Downes

"The proposition here, however, is that licensing of learning materials can add fantastic value to the whole education industry. In fact, it will be vital for its health and viability." By 'licensing' Dennis Macnamara does not mean restricting learning materials to some sort of 'approved' materials, but rather, 'licensing' in the sense that Creative Commons offers licenses. This is a good step forward for AEShareNet, which I have criticized in the past, and while I may quibble about some of the details the proposed AEShareNet open licenses should be welcomed and widely used (now we need some RSS and microformat implementations). "'Open content' will have a similar impact on education as open source has had on IT, with flow-on benefits for students."
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