Author: Jon Mott

On Being “Open for Learning”

Earlier this month, Cengage and Learning Objects—a Cengage business unit—announced the launch of OpenNow, “a suite of digital products for general education courses with open educational resources (OER) content.” Responses to media coverage of this new offering focused mainly on the business model, the adherence to the “5 Rs” of OER and the contributions of materials from Cengage back to the OER community. While these reactions are to be expected, they reminded me that “open” is much more than OER content and its associated implementation and business models. An open approach to education and learning also encompasses Read More…


On Openness and Learning

I attended OpenEd for the first time in 2008. I dug up some notes from the event and rediscovered an observation by Yoshimi Fukuhara of Keio University. He asserted that Open Courseware (now generally referred to as Open Educational Resources or OER) is often too focused on content and not enough of learning design and the learning experience.

OER: Content vs. Design

While openness for its own sake has practical and philosophical value, there is broad consensus that content in an educational context (be it open or otherwise) is only as valuable as the outcomes it contributes to. The Read More…