Balancing Proprietary and Open in Learning Tech

Lora Bentley

This year's Association for Learning Technology Conference will focus on "rethinking the digital divide" in terms of increasing global access to learning technology, Computing reports. In Thursday's blog post, editor Mark Samuels points to the efforts of the One Laptop Per Child project and Computer Aid International as examples of such "rethinking."

He notes that OLPC's chief learning architect, David Cavallo, will deliver a keynote address, and that one focal point of the conference will be whether a balance can be struck between open source and proprietary software and learning technology or whether the future is "open source and open access."

According to Computing, other issues on the agenda include:

  • the dichotomies between global and local interests in, applications of and resources for learning tech;
  • resolving tension between personal and institutional networks and formal and informal content; and
  • using technology to "empower learners" to take responsibility for their learning.

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