The open content model has the ability to enhance the learning environment of many individuals. In its current level of deployment, however, does it necessarily support ‘meaningful learning’? There are several interlinked issues related to completeness of content, granularity, copyright, offline access, use, etc., that sometimes limit the effectiveness of material provided. Therefore in order to support the learner we need to understand and support their individual learning environment, which is often offline. Furthermore, we need to understand the learner’s limitations in terms of content selection, access, use and management of their personal knowledge silos on their desktop.
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