Bold innovations in openwashing

Brian Lamb, Edge, Sept 10, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

While George Siemens (below) simply finds the announcement "confusing", Audrey Watters unhesitatingly calls the announcement a case of openwashing. She tweets, "Udacity announces an Open Education Alliance because "open education" is now meaningless... Openly licensed content? Not mentioned. Open source? Not mentioned." So what does 'open' mean these days? Brian Lamb summarizes: "Open as in doors. Open as in hearts. Open as in 'for business'." I'm glad he's "plenty busy working with people here and elsewhere on approaches to using online technologies to extend, enhance and energize learning [where] we share what we do because it feels good, because it makes what we do better, because it represents a human-scale way of being, one with global reach."

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