Education

The path to becoming a college professor is (at best) non-lucrative, typically a substantial debt burden, and at worst a dead-end. Once one "arrives," it is another six years until you are officially a wiseguy of the academy, and if the pyramid scheme doesn't pay out, you're done. Join me in a look... Read more
7 comments Posted 27 Apr 2010 by Matt Jadud Feed
Over the last few years, open source adoption has been growing within India's education system. Five years ago, the South Indian state of Kerala, pioneered open source in schools with its famous IT@Schools project, that now covers three million students from the 5th-10 standards, involves 200,000... Read more
8 comments Posted 19 Apr 2010 by Venkatesh Hariharan (Venky) (Red Hat) Feed
In its 10 year history, Moodle has been confined to computer screens around the world; with countless fields, description areas and scrolling filling the screen.  There have been attempts at mobilizing Moodle in the past, but as a user you either didn't have the time to use it or it simply wasn't... Read more
4 comments Posted 14 Apr 2010 by Joseph Thibault Feed
This semester, a colleague and I have been running a parallel set of freshman seminar courses. Darren Miller (a photography professor in the Art Department) is teaching a course titled Art and Activism, and mine is titled Technology and Activism. These topical courses are part of an Allegheny... Read more
4 comments Posted 12 Apr 2010 by Matt Jadud Feed
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... Read more
13 comments Posted 6 Apr 2010 by Greg DeKoenigsberg Feed
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... Read more
0 comments Posted 31 Mar 2010 by Matt Jadud Feed
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... Read more
0 comments Posted 30 Mar 2010 by Remy DeCausemaker Feed
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... Read more
2 comments Posted 16 Mar 2010 by Greg DeKoenigsberg Feed
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... Read more
2 comments Posted 12 Mar 2010 by Remy DeCausemaker Feed
What do you get when you combine two hard working women in computing and a 3D printer? Answer after the break...
0 comments Posted 5 Mar 2010 by Matt Jadud Feed

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