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Wednesday, March 15, 2006

OU to make learning material free on the internet

The Open University : Open Content Initiative : OCI Press Release

This press release from the Open University outlines plans to make some of their educational content available for free on the Internet, suggesting "There will be one site that is primarily for learners, where material with suggested learning pathways will be offered. A second site will be primarily for other course creators; it will foster the concept of sharing and re-use of materials."

The initiative is funded with over £5 million from the The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

This sort of initiative moves forward dreams of making quality educational materials available to all through the medium of the internet (which is currently mired in copyright and intellectual property rights and ownership issues), however it will be interesting to what materials are selected for inclusion and how they are presented packaged.

Potentially this has great potential - I hope it lives up to it.

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