My colleague Martin Weller has at long last blogged about Social:Learn, the OU project formerly known as Skunkworks – an attempt to explore what fully embracing the Web 2.0 world could mean for university learning:
It is born of the recognition that the OU (and higher education in general) needs to find ways of embracing the whole web 2.0, social networking world, and that the only way to understand this stuff is to do it.
It’s hugely exciting. To my mind it’s at least as big a deal as OpenLearn – and if it works at all, even bigger. Watch Martin’s blog for more as it comes. I’m still not sure I understand what it is, but my guess is that this is true for the people more closely involved as well. The journey is well worth setting out on, regardless of whether we reach the destination, whatever that might be.
(As an aside, the previous secrecy, followed by this semi-official leak, and a public announcement to come later, is another great example of how Web 2.0 openness isn’t total. It’s more than before, but it’s still partial – and that is very important.)