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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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Education in 2030: Open source and community-based

I'd like to talk about what education is going to look like 20 years from now. I think, in 2030, our schools will mimic open source communities. » Read more

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Do you speak my language? Education versus open source processes and principles

I've been traveling between universities and academic conferences and open source gatherings and hackfests for quite some time now. A year ago, I started compiling a list of points of parity and points of difference between the two cultures. » Read more

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Avoiding the pitfalls of open education

Experiential learning using open source is fraught with opportunities for disaster.

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The role of technical forums in the progress of open source

I am a huge advocate of the concept of open source software. As a society, we are at a point where information sharing is more critical than ever. Technical forums support the mission of open source in multiple ways. First, they allow programmers to work outside of their expertise. Second, forums allow people to share their experiences with software. Last, they allow scientific researchers who are not always (not usually) well-trained programmers to carry out their research with an entire community to help them make design decisions and help them through technical difficulties. » Read more

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OVC evolution, a snapshot of a student HFOSS work-in-progress

Three Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) students recently gained recognition for a Humanitarian Free and Open Source (HFOSS) proof-of-concept project, Open Video Chat (OVC).  OVC put a functional video chat program written designed for deaf students on to the OLPC XO 1.5 computer. This is the story of how it got started and where it can go from here. » Read more

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Open source software gains ground in higher education

Open source software is becoming a dominant force in the software world and the world in general. Unfortunately, many universities still teach computer science without any mention of this recent advance. In the fall of 2007, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) set out to change this.

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Glen Moriarty talks about empowering open education with NIXTY, part 3

In part 1 of our interview with Glen Moriarty, CEO of NIXTY, he talked about the importance of open education. In part 2, he addressed the community's involvement and NIXTY's challenges. We have just one question left:

How do you see NIXTY empowering open education? » Read more

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Content management and the open source way with CEO of NIXTY, Part 2

In part 2 of this series on open education course tool NIXTY, Glen Moriarty, the organization's CEO, talks about the open source community and addressing NIXTY's challenges. Read part 1.

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A game changer? An interview with Glen Moriarty, CEO of NIXTY, Part 1

A few months ago, I was perusing the web and ran across an article titled “Online Course Construction Gets a 'Do-It-Yourself' Web Site.” Hook. The first line was, “A new player entered the field of open online education last week: NIXTY, a Web site that allows any user to take and create courses for free.” Line. Then came a quote from David Wiley: » Read more

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