Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
> OU offers free learning materials
> ,----[ Quote ]
>| The OU says it is the first British higher education
>| institution to make its educational resources freely
>| available online on this scale, although there are
>| other similar "open courseware" projects, notably
>| in the US and Japan.
>| The content has been created using XML rather than
>| HTML, which it is hoped will "future proof" it to an
>| extent by making it adaptable for emerging technologies.
>| "Open content provides the opportunity for access to
>| high-quality learning materials which would not
>| otherwise be available and affordable to many groups
>| within both the developed and developing worlds."
>| "The philosophy of open access and sharing knowledge -
>| a cornerstone of this project - matches the founding
>| principles of the Open University."
> These trends were mentioned previously (albeit
> in other contexts). Many respectiable universities
> head in that very same direction. A move as such
> is symbiotic with Open Source software and Linux,
> which rely on Open standards as opposed to data
> exchanges that are based on binary-rich, proprietary
> technologies, along with their associated lockins
> (vendor dependence).
Excellent! As my postgrad is from the OU, I guess I should be
particularly pleased :-)
| Mark Kent -- mark at ellandroad dot demon dot co dot uk |
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