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MoodleRooms Follows Bb, Signs Deal for Closed-Content

In Open Minds vs. Closed Content on February 8, 2011 by Jim Luke

Stephen Downes:

So I suppose it was inevitable that we’d see an open-source/closed-content combination. That is what appears to be happening as MoodleRooms has signed a deal with Cambridge Global Grid for Learning. Michael Feldstein explains, “as far as I can tell, this partnership is roughly similar to ones that Blackboard has previously announced with McGraw Hill and NBC.” It’s good for MoodleRooms, it’s good for the publisher. The ones who pay, of course, are the students.

One Response to “MoodleRooms Follows Bb, Signs Deal for Closed-Content”

  1. Dear Mr Downes

    I’d like to clarify the Global Grid for Learning proposition, particularly in relation to freely available content.

    GGfL’s aim is to provide the flexible platform and service layer that enables digital multimedia content, both commercial and open source, from multiple content providers to be delivered through market intermediaries – software developers, learning platforms and portals, managed service providers and government agencies – on regional and national levels to educational institutions, educators and learners.

    GGfL’s service proposition addresses the challenges faced by each link in the education value chain, delivering the following benefits: for educators and learners, it provides a single source of high quality, safe, trusted and relevant digital content from multiple content providers; for intermediaries, like Moodlerooms, GGfL represents a high value, low cost, managed content solution which is compatible and interoperable with commonly used educational software and technologies; and for content providers, GGfL offers a global sales, marketing and distribution channel for their content in markets they would not otherwise be able to reach.

    GGfL is creating further unique value by providing access in a common environment to both commercial and open educational resources (OER) from a range of providers. By the end of Q1 2011, through its direct web service, GGfL On Demand (http://www.ggflondemand.com), end users who register will be able to access a growing range of OER content and easy-to-use authoring and collaboration tools. In this way, GGfL will provide an exceptional approach that promises universal, affordable and equitable access for Ministries of Education, educators and learners in territories around the world.

    So GGfL is content agnostic – we have no hidden agenda and acknowledge that there is a huge amount of innovative and relevant digital content available – both free and paid for – which deserves to be better distributed to its target audience, educators and learners around the world.

    Julian Mobbs
    Managing Director
    Cambridge Global Grid for Learning Limited

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