All efforts to deliver the best learning online will fail unless it can be commercialised and can compete in a global market.
Hasn't Google already got its foot jammed in the OU door?
Next the OU VLE will be ditched in favour of all OU courses being operated through Facebook with the OU eportfolio (already being compromised by the OU), ditched in favour of Google Docs or PepplePad. MyStuff is vastily superior - it was designed for the specific purpose of supporting OU students and is intergrated to the platform. Please simply put some effort into making the content interoperable. I've got 883 pages of content to date which I wish to exploit forever.
And why not?
The OU should and does concentrate on its core modus operandi ... sharing the higher education learning experience to as many as possible.
The OU is not and can never be the developer of software. It hasn't the capital or the commercial drive to compete. Instead it sidles up to the BBC and delivers worthy cross-platform learning experiences and indulgences.
The best place to e-learn on the planet?
Here of course. A bit of the OU, with the BBC, with an iPlayer.
I could do with a lot more TV to liven up H808.
I had expected video galore, clips on You Tube and men with beards on BBC2 in the middle of the night.
Let's do H808 TV.
I need a portaprompt.
I can write the script.
P.S. As a TV persion I do however appreciate that when you watch a TV programme you can be fooled - transcribe the script and you'll discover that more often than not the content is pitched at a 12 year old. Without instant links, peer review or collaborative development they can be as effective to learning as seeing a pretty picture in a cook book. The learning comes from gathering in the ingredients then having a go yourself. Anyone for 1066?