a free, open learning environment and research community. Online courses are being created as a form of co-operative and interactive exchange of knowledge
Some days ago Yan Simard and I had some interesting discussion about learning objects repositories vs. the power of the Internet by itself (enhanced by Google or other search engines) to act as a repository.
Well, I think the Wikiversity comes up to complicate things.
Simplifying quite a bit, I thing there are four kinds of free content (I wouldn’t call all of them learning objects) repositories:
- Learning objects repositories in the pure sense of the word, such as Careo or Maricopa’s MLX
- The Wikiversity, the Wikipedia and other wikis
- Open educational directories from education institutions, such as MIT OpenCourseWare or Berklee Shares
- The Internet itself + search engines
Forgive me for putting it that simple.
The question is that we’ve been talking and talking about folksonomies and it looks like what we make converge (categories) in one side we make it diverge the other side (repositories).
No, I don’t have any alternative, nor a clue. Just thinking out loud and sharing what I think is quite a big problem. At least, in the F/OSS field, even if there’s a huge diversity, you know that you have to be souceforged if you want to exist.
If you need to cite this article in a formal way (i.e. for bibliographical purposes) I dare suggest:
Peña-López, I. (2005) “Wikiversity” In ICTlogy,
#16, January 2005. Barcelona: ICTlogy.
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