Open Distribution of Virtual Containers as a Key Framework for Open Educational Resources and STEAM Subjects

Alberto Corbi, Daniel Burgos, Electronic Journal of E-Learning, May 12, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This paper (11 page PDF) covers an important topic and is one of the first detailed descriptions I've seen (not that others don't exist). The idea, in a nutshell, is that future OER distribution will be greatly enhanced by the use of virtualized containers. I've mentioned this a few times recently, referring to providers such as Vagrant or Docker. An example of this sort of thing in action is the Moodle in a box distributions that have been developed over the last five years.  The current paper describes the provision of specific learning resources in their own boxes, these enabling a person to move easily from one environment to the next to the next.
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