We are in the midst of a paradigm shift where information technology provides unprecedented opportunities for society at large and especially for education. Where proprietary technology has an intrinsic lock-in effect, free technology aims for self-dependence and taking away the boundaries to learning, creating and sharing with peers. Our future depends on our ability to make use of these technologies and implement these values in our educational system.
The emerging open education movement combines the established tradition of sharing good ideas with fellow educators and the collaborative culture of the Internet and free software communities. It is built on the belief that everyone should have the freedom to use, customize, improve and redistribute educational resources without constraint. Educators, learners and others who share this belief are gathering together as part of a worldwide effort to make education both more accessible and more effective.
SELF (http://www.selfproject.eu) is an international project financed by the European Commission which has developed a platform to encourage creative cooperation and the sharing of educational materials and continuous training, paying special attention to free software and open standards.
Het gebruik van software moet in het digitale tijdperk eigenlijk vrij zijn, anders komt de verbreiding van kennis in gevaar.
Maar de meest gebruikte software kost in veel landen meer dan een maandsalaris.
Gepubliceerd in Trouw op 23/03/07 onder de titel: “Waarom gunnen we Microsoft zo'n monopoliepositie”