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An outsider's 2 cents:

An open environment/ecosystem should really be based on "content 2.0", that is microcontent designed for quick circulation, aggregation etc. This does not work well with old content heavy from Gutenberg, hierarchy, courses, education-as-social-gatekeeping, etc.

I recognize that we do not know yet how to transform "learning matter" into this different aggregate state, and that indeed is a question of creating a new sharing and reusing culture (McLuhan wrote about this in the 60's, by the way). But what could be done, is creating a layer of Web 2.0 microcontent items on top of traditional material. Lke having, for example, a Twitter post attached to some material, or some paragraph (or any other here and now Web 2.0 statement-event). So people could share and reuse metadata (including "memes" extracted from the "learning matter"), and the more heavy, pedestrian stuff is linked to it.

The Web works that way anyway, blogging works that way; this is the real background of the whole all-students-using-Wikipedia-not-reliable-sources discussion. You will not be able to change this (this *is* a cultural revolution already). So embrace it and make use of it.

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