A few years ago Open Source was a real buzz – the future of software well beyond education. While the movement is still very active, the breakthrough promise hasn’t been realized. Yet. There are many who believe that the critical mass of openness – including new dimensions such as Open Data, Open Licenses, Open Innovation, Open Educational Resources, Open Pedagogy, etc, is just around the corner.
Learning technologies ventures based on an Open Source model are compelling in thought but challenging in practice. Analogous to social media applications, they depend significantly on cultivating a community committed to the value proposition. This is a not an unreasonable assumption in the education marketplace.