Richard Baraniuk is the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice University and the founder of Connexions. Connexions allows authors, educators and learners to access a rich repository of open-licensed content modules to create free, customized textbooks, courses, and learning materials. Each month, Connexions‘ free educational materials are used by over 850,000 people from over 200 countries.
In this podcast, Prof. Baraniuk predicts a bright future for open education. However, he believes that we are not there yet and explains why. He discusses the barriers of today’s technology, standards and licensing models when it comes to the open education movement, and he argues how these barriers need to be overcome in order to hit a critical mass and allow remixing of content in an open source way. Professor Baraniuk also discusses the ways that the open education movement can be applied to corporate training and how this can bring a competitive advantage to organizations.