Why We Should Share Learning Resources

George Siemens, elearnspace, Jun 03, 2003
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Frank statement of why educators need to share learning resources. Among the list of reasons, this observation: "The current environment is moving to increased expense and tighter copyright restriction. We are now at a point where an alternative is needed. Waiting (or not doing anything) will result in a market where profit is the greatest focus of education, not learning." That doesn't mean that there should be no commercial content whatsoever. But what is important is to create an environment where the commercial product shares the stage with open and freely shared materials.
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