- the amortization of development, upgrade, marketing and support costs across a large market,
- the fact that faculty and at least some students were already using it and thought it valuable to learn more about, and
- the comparative likelihood that, if the original vendor or developer disappeared, curricular materials based on that worldware would not need to be discarded; some other provider would be able to use the files.
Recently, "Academic Technology" invited me to engage in a panel discussion to explore and extend this idea of worldware in the age of data clouds and social networking. I think the ideas extended in some rather nice ways. Judge for yourself.