Seamus Lawless, Open Corpus Learning Content; Harvesting Knowledge to provide Equitable Access to Education for All, Education Without Borders, Abu Dhabi, 25th-27th February, 2007
For generations education and educational institutions were closed books, available only to those privileged enough to attend these institutions. However the internet has unlocked the door to knowledge for countless individuals and communities around the world. With recent advances in internet technologies and social interactions online, eLearning is fast becoming an integral part of everyday life. However structuring learning experiences and tailoring them to the individual remains a huge challenge. eLearning systems that are capable of adapting a learning experience with regard to localization, cultural diversity and personalisation remain tied to educational institutions as they are heavily reliant upon specifically authored educational content. However, the possibility now exists to make education and eLearning a reality for all the global community. By leveraging the vast amounts of open corpus learning content available in digital repositories, corporate training repositories, whitepapers, the Worldwide Web, etc., educational experiences could be generated, tailored and delivered to users around the world. The ability to harness this resource would help to redress the imbalance that exists in access to education and knowledge availability worldwide.
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