Coming Out of Silent Mode

David Wiley, iterating toward openness, Apr 16, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Here's what David Wiley's now-outta-stealth startup is doing: "We preserve the best of the old - books by leading experts that are rigorously reviewed and developed to the highest standards. Then we flip it all on its head. Our books are free online. We offer convenient, low-cost choices for students - print, audio, by-the-chapter, and more. Our books are open for instructors to mix, mash, and make their own. Our books are the hub of a social learning network where students learn from the book and each other." I like the bit about open content. But I can't help wondering whether there's any link between Wiley's participation in this commercial venture and his advocacy regarding the commercial production and use of open educational resources.
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