Jorum to move to open access
This is good news, though one is tempted to wonder why it has taken so long! I've argued for a while now that using a relatively closed licensing model and forcing registration before use would more or less stop the service in its tracks.
Through the development of JorumOpen, lecturers and teachers will be able to share materials under the Creative Commons licence framework: this makes sharing easier, granting users greater rights for use and re-use of online content and easier to understand. Importantly, it does not require prior registration. As a result availability is global as well as across UK universities and colleges. JorumOpen will run alongside a 'members only' facility, JorumEducationUK, that will support sharing of material just within the UK educational sector; this will be available only to registered users and contributors, as is currently the case.
Is the addition of JorumOpen enough to turn the service around? I'm not sure to be honest. It might be, though I'm not fully convinced that the notion of learning objects, as relatively complex packages of other objects, is compelling and/or simple enough to really succeed. Can something like Jorum really take on the likes of Slideshare, Flickr and YouTube?