Developing a marketplace for micro educational software and content
In response to my post
MOOCs and other ed-tech bubbles (which listed OER as one of three significant “bubbles”), Daniel Clark (LearningShrew) posted an interesting piece on Key issues in OER and how we might overcome them.
Recognising that there was a problem with quality control, Daniel advocates an education equivalent of Google’s App Store. This would enable OER authors to market their products as a sort of cottage industry. The micro-market would produce a selection process, sorting the wheat from the chaff, and would incentivise authors to improve the best.
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Response submitted on behalf of SALTIS to the Cabinet Office’s consultation, Open Standards: Open Opportunities, the consultation period for which closed on 4 June 2012
The Cabinet Office proposes:
to compile a list of approved open standards;
to mandate the use of these standards by central government departments and their agencies;
to encourage the wider public sector to follow the lead of central government.
A summary of the SALTIS position is that:
we strongly support the wider use of appropriate open standards;
we believe that the Cabinet Office’s approach may improve the transparency of central government data;
we believe that the current proposals will have little positive impact on the wider public services, where the imposition of bureaucratically selected standards is likely to hinder innovation.