Partners of Open Source Educational Technologies (POET) announced they have joined the Apereo Foundation Incubation Program. They have also tapped Mike Churchward (now-former CPO at Remote-Learner) as Executive Director of the organization.
I think POET will be in good company over at Apereo, and its particularly interesting to see this niche of support for the open source community, especially given the potential benefits that can be derived from such a community:
Full participation in the community brings a series of tangible benefits for a nascent project, ranging from access to the experience of others working in similar fields as mentors, through to Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) management, technical expertise, licensing, legal, meeting, and communications infrastructure. Participation also provides access to a range of potential global adopters and contributors, and to the outreach resources of the Foundation itself, with, for example, conferences and events spread across eight countries on four continents.
I also wonder how these potential benefits will ultimate trickle upward to the POET founding organizations – a nice win-win for them. At the same time, I think the potential benefits of a fully-realized POET (improve developer documentation, create new development training resources, create testing environments for high usage/high-performance Moodle installations, and participate in the co-development of new plug-ins focused on integrations with other open source systems) could be a game changer for the future of Moodle, especially as we look to the launch of the Moodle Association soon.
What other Moodle collaboratives do you think add the most value to the community? Tell us in the comments below!