Lumen Learning: A Red Hat for OER

David Wiley, BC Campus, Mar 20, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I'm  a few days late covering this item (blame my day job, which takes up more and more of my time in the office these days) but I'm sure readers would be interested to know that David Wiley, one of the major voices in open content, has returned to the well again with another venture, this one called Lumen Learning. The model is a bit different this time, more like Red Hat than Flat Earth, with a strategy to "step into the deep pool of curiosity and caution around OER with the faculty training, academic leadership consulting, technical and pedagogical support, and other services necessary to put adopting OER within reach of a normal institution." I think this is a good model; it keeps open content open, the way it should be, but creates a market selling extras and services to the commercial sector.

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