On Wednesday, October 25, the Open University has launched OpenLearn. "The OpenLearn website will make educational resources freely available on the internet, with state-of-the-art learning support and collaboration tools to connect learners and educators. This £5.65 million project, generously supported by a grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, will cover a full range of subjects from arts and history to science and nature, at all study levels from access to postgraduate". The launch of OpenLearn is the major open content initiative that follows the MIT OpenCourseWare (MIT OCW) initiative.
The OpenLearn website is based on the open source course management system Moodle, as announced by Martin Dougiamas, Moodle community leader and lead developer in November 2005.
This Open University OpenLearn as well as MIT OCW initiatives are good steps towards the democratization of learning, however I believe that learning is more than content and learning object repositories or technologies. Learning is about communities and knowledge sharing. It would therefore be great to also get access to students and knowledge brokers at Open University and MIT rather than only to get access to content.