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Publication date: 14 August 2009

Glendon L. Moriarty

The purpose of this paper is to explore the opportunities in moving to a Web 2.0 global learning environment. NIXTY, a Web 2.0 platform, is utilized to illustrate how OpenSocial

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to explore the opportunities in moving to a Web 2.0 global learning environment. NIXTY, a Web 2.0 platform, is utilized to illustrate how OpenSocial, OpenID, and OpenCourseWare can be implemented to facilitate open education.

Design/methodology/approach

This is a system that implements the OpenSocial and OpenID standards as well as OpenCourseware imports. First, OpenSocial is discussed as a common way that developers can build applications that promote relational and social learning. Next, the promise of OpenID is explored. People are now creating their identities independent of organizations and they want to be able to translate that identity across formal and informal educational environments. Third, OpenCourseWare is covered with an emphasis on finding ways to further unlock material so it can easily be used to facilitate self‐directed and communal learning. Finally, tensions between learning inside and learning outside the university are explored.

Findings

Results of this preliminary review suggest that there are significant benefits for individuals and institutions.

Originality/value

Accreditation issues are addressed in both a developed world and late‐developing world context.

Details

On the Horizon, vol. 17 no. 3
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1074-8121

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