One of the biggest opportunities and issues for all of us in the e-learning industry – practitioners and developers is the rise and rise of open content.

We have blogged about the FLATMAGS……Facebook, LinkedIn, Apple, Twitter, Microsoft, Amazon and Google all providing new learning eco-spheres of how open content and devices and platforms are coalescing and changing the way we live and learn.

Indeed I came across a really interesting study in how Facebook is being used as a CMS to support the training of nurses.

But it is the new resources coming from these organisations and others such as Coursera, Udacity, ted – ed and more, we are developing a directory of these resources on the e-learning centre site.

We wrote about the concept of MOOCs – Massive Open On-line Courses some 2 years ago, and we now see them arriving, and are likely to have significant impact upon both corporate learning (e-learning) and education.

With project Tin-Can (soon to be called Training and Learning architecture –and scheduled for release in Spring 2013) changing the whole interface between content and the LMS, by introducing the LRS – learning record store the concept of how content – open and all content is managed.

We believe that a significant opportunity for the e-learning industry will emerge in content management for organisations….both in corporate and education.

You can see our listing of open content resources on e-learningcentre.

Our recent research, due to be published in October 2012 (our review of the UK and European e-learning market 2012-13) has highlighted several factors that reinforce this view.

The need to find suitable courses (of provenance) quickly is a key corporate requirement of many organisations….as we move beyond the simple Google search.

Provenance is key…..both to the learner and the organisation, many organisations are very concerned that the open learning used is aligned to the organisation’s needs, or should we say complements the desired culture  of the organisation…..this was a very interesting finding indeed, as we all know culture eats strategy for breakfast!

In education, the content must meet the needs of the teacher,  curriculum and deliver improved learning performance.