open education

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
Introducing the Last Language Textbook
How do you build free language education in every language, for everyone? This is the central question that motivates our work at Wikiotics and today we unveil the first step toward that goal. We call it "The Last Language Textbook."
0 comments Posted 21 Jun 2012 by Ian Sullivan Feed
open resources
Teachers and students have a new portal to find open educational resources: OER Commons. It is the first comprehensive open learning network where teachers and students from kindergarten to graduate school can access OER materials, share, and work together. Users can search, browse, and discuss... Read more
2 comments Posted 5 Jun 2012 by Carolyn Fox Feed
State standards, open source, and Universal Design for Learning
Common Core State Standards and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) have designed standards and frameworks to support learning in the classroom. However, their approaches on English Language Arts and the use of digital technology and open source need to be better aligned. Common Core State... Read more
4 comments Posted 1 Jun 2012 by Carolyn Fox Feed
Open educational resources
Digital technology and open educational resources have enormous potential and power with young children. For parents of special needs children, especially those who are blind or visually impaired, dyslexic, or physically or cognitively impaired, the situation is compounded. Parents usually have to... Read more
4 comments Posted 14 May 2012 by Carolyn Fox Feed
Team operating principles: the open source way
Matt Jadud and Mel Chua have been friends of opensource.com from the beginning. Together with others they "are working on (the) Craft of Electronics, a curriculum for college-level electronics in a craft-first (and theory-sometime-later) format, through learning from, participating in, and... Read more
0 comments Posted 25 Apr 2012 by Mary Ann Bitter (Red Hat) Feed

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