I am not saying we should go that way, but you do realize that making good course content takes a lot of time and skills to create. Of course you can find all the information on internet. But if you want some guarantees that you get all the info you need, you save a lot of time with the learning part. Time that you can spend making money or do something nice with your family.
If you go to a bookstore you pay to get the book you want to read, right? (this also counts for the book in ebook form). Why? Because someone spent a lot of time writing that book. Writing that book is (part of) this someone's job. The writer needs an income as you need an income.
Now we come to open content. Where do you draw the line when content is freely available and on what content should you get paid? Honestly I don't know. As I stated before, I am very much for open content. But somewhere along the line, in order to get a sustainable quality in the content you want to offer, someone needs to spend more than just a few hours per week in his spare time to write content. Then you need people that:
- Dedicate time to create content
- Know how to write
- Know what they are writing about
You can't expect those full time writers to live of thin air.
Another option could be that people are getting time from their employer to write content. An example of this could be teachers that are eployed by a school, get a few hours per week to dedicate to writing online courses. Since those teachers are being paid by the taxpayer, imo that content should become publicly available as open content.
Another thing is, when you get certified for any product, your value will be higher. You will be able to earn more money and get a better job. So what is wrong in a payed certification track?
There are a lot of approaches we can take. If any of you have any suggestions, please do chip in. I would love to hear how you would like to see a certification track for NethServer.