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Link: iterating toward openness.
So, I’m still hearing from people about my scalability comments. Just to restate: there’s nothing evil about scalability itself. Scalability is about reaching lots of people, and reaching lots of people is an important intermediate goal. My only concern is that we might stop there – we might stop when our business plans and technology allow us to reach 90% of people and say “we’re finished!”
Now, reaching 90% is obviously better than only reaching 45%. But why don’t we reach the other 10%? Not enough money in their “market”? Worse yet, have we just forgotten they exist? Do we think that reaching 90% is really reaching everyone? If educators and instructional designers aren’t the champions of learning, who will be?
I know that no single solution / answer / product will reach all 100%. And I know that no one company will put enough products in their portfolio to potentially reach all 100%. The goal of supporting everyone’s learning is a world-wide, cooperative effort. I just wanted people to get to talking about those last few. To feel like scaling to 90% was necessary but not sufficient… To realize that after the current round of “let’s scale to really large numbers” talk is over, and that goal is attained, that it will have been a plateau, and not the summit. To feel like there’s still more work to do… That’s all.