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Horizon Report – open content

January 29, 2010

[This is part of a series on the annual Horizon Report on technologies likely to impact teaching, learning, or creative inquiry. Produced by the New Media Consortium and the Educause Learning Initiative, the Horizon Report can be downloaded or viewed online.]

Open content refers to collections of shared resources that academics can reuse and repurpose. This technology is expected to make its mark within the next year or so.

Open content has its roots in the MIT Open Courseware Initiative and other projects. Making high quality learning materials freely available allows course developers to adapt or adopt content. It also allows learners to more easily create their own learning agendas. The OpenLearn initiative offers learners in the UK the opportunity to join study groups while working through open content.

Notre Dame Open Courseware is an active source of open content, featuring more than thirty courses focused on the human condition. The University Michigan’s dScribe Project seeks to leverage student talents as it works to transform educational content into open resources. The Creative Commons organization provides legal tools and licensing options that make it easy for people to share content.

If you’d like to learn more, we suggest starting with the Wikipedia article on open content. Notre Dame is also hosting a Horizon Report event on Thursday, February 11 – 11:30 am to 1:00 pm in 109 Stinson-Remick Hall. Registration is encouraged, as lunch will be provided.

P.S. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation appears to be getting involved – see their Annual Letter.

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