D Guttenplan in the New York Times reviews initiatives and progress in open educational movements, noting that its not just about content but how it is being used and also how it could be financed:
Economics are one barrier to the growth of open resources.
“Our business model is floppy,” said Fred Mulder, a professor of O.E.R. at the Open University of the Netherlands, pointing out that as more material becomes available free, universities will need to find alternative sources of revenue. “If you don’t ‘close’ education in certain ways then you are out of business.”
The US recently held an Open Education week – more info at Why Open Ed Matters