Waves of Innovation: From Open Source to Open Learning

Sam S. Adkins, Learning Circuits, Jul 23, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting article, mostly correct from my perspective, describing successive waves of commercial software, open source software, and open content, in (corporate) online learning. "This third wave is just visible on the horizon and includes technologies that are designed to be used by the learners themselves. The goal is collaborative learning, and there is no instructor per se. Every contributor is both a teacher and a student." I'm not totally convinced about every aspect of this description. See the chart near the top. I'm not sure 'value proposition' should be 'community', nor should key output be 'expertise maps' nor should the 'primary goal' be 'social networking'. It's easy (and popular) to over-emphasize the social aspect of open learning.
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