Michael Feldstein followed up his first thoughtful post on OpenClass with another. Here's some of what he had to say in his second piece:
I think Pearson is trying to create a platform in the way that Google and Facebook are platforms...I think there is a lot that is compelling about the idea of such a platform, and that it could deliver improvements to the learning experience that would be difficult to achieve without the kind of scale ... that Pearson is trying to create. In essence, the message is that Pearson will get the LMS (and its price tag) out of the way so that, in Adrian’s words, teachers can focus on “climbing the value chain.”
You can read the rest of the post here.
Michael also had some welcome advice for us:
Pearson will need to raise its game if it wants to foster the kind of trust necessary to build the new customer relationships that it appears to be shooting for.
Michael is right. This is a new game for us. We've been playing for a little more than a week, and we already see lots we have to learn, and fast. But we are determined to build on the interest in the OC model and the trust that faculty already place in Pearson when they choose our materials for the students in their courses. The OC team is determined to be of service to this community through the agency of our company, and gain trust one person at a time.
PS - We have posted a slideshow tour of #OpenClass at joinOpenClass.com