Education

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

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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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In collaborative open source summer experience, professors forge community of practice

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

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Hi, everyone–Mel Chua here, reporting in. I'm recovering from POSSE, the Professors' Open Source Summer Experience, where we just kicked off our our 2011 cohort of professors over in Raleigh, North Carolina. Each of the faculty members here has committed to getting the students in at least one of their courses involved in open source community contribution during this coming school year, and they're off and running now after a weekend of intense cultural immersion. Let's recap the high points of POSSE Basics 2011, shall we?

Going-back-in-time sound effect, hazy visual shimmers. » Read more

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At POSSE, professors discover the value(s) of open source

(This post is the second 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.)

In a conference room bubbling with excited conversations between professors of computer science, software development, and information systems, Dr. Andrea Hickerson glimpsed journalism's future--one in which reporters will be more important than they've ever been.
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Voices of POSSE, part 1: From theory to practice

(This post is the first 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.) » Read more

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Logo creation the open source way: New POSSE logo announced

Whoa. Thanks for all the feedback on the POSSE logo from everyone who voted and chimed in. Your comments are very useful.

The final results, in order from favorite to least favorite, are below. Both the voting and comments overwhelmingly selected logo number one as the best logo. We tend to agree. So, without further ado,we declare Owl number one is the winner, and the final logo is: » Read more

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