open education

open undergraduate college
Hampshire student and FSF campaigns organizer Kira shares the success of their ambitious project to help fellow students get started with free software. The achievements of Kira's organization, LibrePlanet/Students for Free Culture, is exciting and replicable outside of Hampshire. Kira provides... Read more
4 comments Posted 7 Nov 2012 by Kira Feed
teacher learner
A group of colleagues—Stoney Jackson (Western New England University), Sean Goggins (Drexel University), Darci Burdge (Nassau Community College), Lori Postner (Nassau Community College), and Greg Hislop (Drexel University)—and I have recently been awarded an NSF TUES Type 2 grant we’re calling... Read more
0 comments Posted 2 Nov 2012 by Heidi Ellis Feed
open source in education
Open source can provide schools with high quality, well-functioning IT solutions at low cost, according to a case study done by VTT, a Finnish government research institute. The researchers looked at the use of Linux and other open source applications by the Kasavuoren Secondary School in... Read more
2 comments Posted 30 Oct 2012 by Gijs Hillenius Feed
follow the child
While Thomas Edison is often lauded as the most prolific American inventor, his mother, Nancy Edison, and how she fostered an open education and an open mind in her son is often overlooked.  When a headmaster labelled Edison as being 'addled,' slow, and unteachable, his mother disagreed and decided... Read more
2 comments Posted 19 Oct 2012 by Carolyn Fox Feed
make things better
Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia) is a landlocked country located in Southern Africa. For many years, it was regarded as the breadbasket of Africa. But since Zimbabwe gained independence from Britain in 1980, Robert Mugabe has been the leader, and the fate of the country has largely been tied to him and... Read more
0 comments Posted 10 Oct 2012 by Carolyn Fox Feed
Free the textbook
It’s official. In California, Governor Jerry Brown has signed two bills (SB 1052 and SB 1053) that will provide for the creation of free, openly licensed digital textbooks for the 50 most popular lower-division college courses offered by California colleges. The legislation was introduced by Senate... Read more
9 comments Posted 2 Oct 2012 by Timothy Vollmer Feed
Fill in: True of False
In information technology (IT) and software development fields, there are a few fairly common misconceptions about the use of open source software. These misconceptions were debunked in a discussion at POSSE RIT 2012, and we’d like to share (and spread) that conversation.
Hello my name is open source
If you’re neither a scientist, nor active in the open source community, it can be difficult to properly understand why people write open source software. Why would people just give away the products of so much hard work?
6 comments Posted 26 Jul 2012 by Stephan Sokolow Feed
Open education, open source, and the dilemma over e-textbooks
Forty years ago, John Holt wondered whether an educational revolution as profound as open education could survive unless it became part of a wider and deeper movement of social change. Until open source and the concept of an open education began to take hold, John Holt's vision of an open... Read more
7 comments Posted 11 Jul 2012 by Carolyn Fox Feed
An interview with Sameer Verma
Dr. Sameer Verma first learned about open source software when a college friend gave him a weekend crash course in Linux. Now a professor of information systems in the College of Business at San Francisco State University, Verma has taken those lessons to heart—and is teaching his own students the... Read more
2 comments Posted 10 Jul 2012 by Bryan Behrenshausen (Red Hat) Feed

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