About a year and a half ago, I made a plea for people with two very different worldviews–one from an enterprise perspective and the other from an internet perspective–to start talking to each other regarding application design goals. I’m delighted to see that conversation happening right here on this blog. There is a great conversation going on as the result of the little squabble Stephen Downes and I just had. On the one side, you have the proponents of the internet worldview who want less system control and more freedom in their learning environments. On the other side, you have proponents of the enterprise worldview, who want to be able to assure their users of stability, consistency, and privacy.
This is precisely the tension that the LMOS aims to resolve. By providing a flexible framework based on a solid enterprise architecture and adhering religiously to open, low-barrier-of-entry interoperability standards, we hope to, on the one hand, create an ecosystem in which specialized teaching tools can be developed rapidly in a grassroots way and, on the other hand, enable organizations to selectively lock down parts of the environment as needed based on sound policy drivers such as privacy rights and security.