Education

How to build a sustainable nonprofit the open source way

How to build a sustainable nonprofit the open source way

Building a broadly impactful and long-lasting nonprofit is no easy task. In addition to formulating a long-term mission, establishing community recognition, and developing ties to other organizations, traditional nonprofits must also secure regular sources of external funding. The cycle of worry is never complete, as there is the never-ending possibility that donor pockets will empty and grant opportunities will not come to fruition. Moreover, fund-raising efforts can divert substantial time from actively fulfilling the nonprofit’s mission. » Read more

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Introducing the values of open communities to students: A podcast with Grant Hearn

Podcast series: Those who can, teach and do: An interview with Grant Hearn

As the 2011-2012 academic year rolls in, we're starting something new: a podcast series titled, Those who can, teach and do. Over the past several months, I've been interviewing people who find themselves playing the role of both educator and practitioner. The initial series of podcasts come from interviews gathered at SIGCSE 2011 in Dallas, Texas (March), at POSSE 2011 in Raleigh, NC (July), and ICER 2011 in Providence, RI (August). » Read more

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Poll: Have you used MIT OpenCourseWare?

Open education and MIT OpenCourseWare

The decision by the MIT faculty in 2001 to allow anyone to use their course content was a groundbreaking move, one that has opened education profoundly. Since then, an estimated 100 million individuals have accessed MIT's resources. » Read more

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Webcast today, Cecilia d'Oliveira, executive director of MIT OpenCourseWare on its tenth anniversary and its future

This year MIT OpenCourseWare is celebrating its tenth anniversary of providing open access to more than 2,000 courses with course materials including lecture notes, problem sets, syllabuses, exams, simulations, and the video lectures. » Read more

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Open thread: What classes have you taken online?

Open thread: What classes have you taken online?

In the spirit of our webcast this week, MIT OpenCourseWare, and the start of a new school year we would like to know what classes you've taken online? Was the content of your online class open sourced? » Read more

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Education Reform: Insert your favorite “Wrath of Khan” joke blog title here

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For any agent of change, there’s no measurement of success so sure as the steady accumulation of vocal critics — and Sal Khan is finding all kinds of critics as he continues to press forward.

What’s most notable is that he’s finding many of his most vocal critics among professional educators who are eager to point out that he’s Doing It Wrong, and that their own methods are clearly superior.

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By sharing with open source projects, professors teach the importance of giving back

(This is the fourth and final post in the "Voices of POSSE" series, a collection of interviews conducted at this year's Professors' Open Source Summer Experience, held in Raleigh, NC, July 23-24.)

At Bacone College in Muskogee, OK, students use open source tools every day. They manage coursework with Moodle. They browse a school website built with Joomla. And they write papers with OpenOffice. » Read more

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Webcast: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, OpenCourseWare

This year MIT OpenCourseWare is celebrating its tenth anniversary of providing open access to more than 2,000 courses with course materials including lecture notes, problem sets, syllabuses, exams, simulations, and the video lectures.

The decision by the MIT faculty in 2001 to allow anyone to use their course content was » Read more

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Bridging the Boxes: Hacker Matchmaking in Upstate New York, The Open Source Way

Collaboration in education, the open source way

Geographically, The FOSSBox at Rochester Institute of Technology and The SU Student Sandbox at Syracuse University are separated by less than one hundred miles. These universities represent the western and eastern epicenters of central New York. FOSS@RIT, center of gravity for all things free and open source at RIT and Syracuse University's student sandbox, a student business and startup incubator, put together a cross-university, multi-disciplinary collaborative code sprint for their respective summer programs. Here is a simple breakdown. » Read more

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Montessori and the open source way

open source education and Montessori

I read with delight Steve Dennings article Is Montessori The Origin on Google and Amazon?. His arguments are firm, they accommodate a wide range of scientific facts, and they show what remarkable results can be achieved when we "follow the child." He writes well enough and clearly enough that I need not reiterate his points here--you can (and should!) read his writings directly. But there is more that can be said, particularly in understanding how open source principles and philosophies fit so well with those of Montessori education. » Read more

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