Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community
People are quite rightly delighted at the announcement of a program to put up to $2 billion of funding toward open educational resources in the U.S. college sector. However, in an email to IMS members and an announcement in the IMS GLC public forum, IMS CEO Rob Abel notes that the program requires that the content be delivered in SCORM. He writes, "(SCORM is) an antiquated content format developed by the U.S. Department of Defense. The SCORM requirement is a ticking time bomb with respect to being able to meet the need to reuse and remix the TAACCCT-created digital courses and resources - which is a key expectation of the program. SCORM will add enormous cost to the creation of the courses and to the platforms that must deliver them. This is a marquee example of over regulation with additional cost and no gain." See also Michael Feldstein.

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