Education

Can Professors Teach Open Source?

At teachingopensource.org, we think so, and we wrote a book to help.  The following excerpt comes from the Foreword of our new textbook, Practical Open Source Software Exploration, which is licensed under Creative Commons BY-SA-3.0.  It's a book that works like an open source software project.  In other words: patches welcome.
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The Secret Lives of Faculty: Background

I submitted a proposal for a talk to OSCON titled "The Secret Lives of Faculty." The Twitterable blurb went like this:

This presentation will introduce open source practitioners to the secret lives of computing faculty in higher education. We will introduce the kinds of students we teach, the curricula we teach to, and the metrics by which we are evaluated.

This post will be the first in a series that explores this topic. The goal is to provide a starting point for dialog and debate about how to best encourage and support faculty in higher education as they consider how best to leverage open source in their classrooms.

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CSH Seminar Series: Karlie Robinson

Karlie Robinson, a Rochester local and open source entrepreneur, gave a short talk at RIT about open source and business as a part of the Computer Science House (CSH) Seminar Series.  This year, CSH has hosted speakers such as Kevin Purdy, contributing editor of Lifehacker, and Charles Profitt, of the Rochester Linux User Group (LUGOR), which meets regularly at Rochester » Read more

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Openness and the US National Educational Technology Plan

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has announced the National Education Technology Plan.  For the first time, the Obama strategy for education is spelled out in great detail -- and at its heart is a deep reliance upon open infrastructure and open educational resources.  For those who believe in the power of open source to transform education, the plan is essential reading.
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The Course-to-Co-op Lifecycle: OpenInnovation@RIT

There are many reasons to pursue a college education, but getting a good job is the top priority for most college graduates.  The value of a degree program is closely tied to its ability to secure good jobs for its candidates -- and the Center for Student Innovation at RIT is betting that open source will play a major role in this process. » Read more

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Leveraging cupcakes

What do you get when you combine two hard working women in computing and a 3D printer? Answer after the break...

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Jaron Lanier: open textbooks "appalling and preposterous"

Jaron Lanier is certainly getting his share of press lately.  His latest guest starring role: a rant in Monday's very special episode of L. Gordon Crozier's technology column for the Wall Street Journal.  Seems like Lanier is becoming a go-to guy when one is in need of a sound bite denouncing "free culture" in all of its radical and dangerous forms.
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Moodle: open source, closed doors.

It's the leading open source learning management system in the world. It provides 100s of 1000s (millions?) of students and teachers, learners and educators a means of collaborating, engaging content and organizing studies online. It's easy to tout the great things that Moodle has done for education in the dozen short years since it was created by Martin Dougiamas. It has certainly created and standardized the base-level of learning management systems available to schools throughout the world. » Read more

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Flat World Knowledge: Open College Textbooks

Today, everywhere in our nation, families – adults, and their children -- are facing a tragic loss of future possibility and personal fulfillment because of high textbook prices. Fact: the cost of traditional textbooks has become a major impediment to students completing a college education, and/or deciding to enter college. It’s important to point out the scale of this problem, and its impact on students, teachers, and our American society.
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