Open Source in Education, new series begins March 16

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On Monday, March 16 we will begin a series, one article each day through the end of the month, on the theme: Open Source in Education. The complete collection of articles will be gathered on this handy resource page and is avaliable to you whenever you may need to reference it and for sharing with others.

See our Editorial Calendar for a list of our themes through June 2015, and email us if you'd like to contribute.

What does "open source in education" mean? What does it look like? A great place to start is our resource pageWhat is open education? Collected on this page are great explanations, ideas, and other resources. From the introduction:

Open education is a philosophy about the way people should produce, share, and build on knowledge.

Proponents of open education believe everyone in the world should have access to high-quality educational experiences and resources, and they work to eliminate barriers to this goal. Such barriers might include high monetary costs, outdated or obsolete materials, and legal mechanisms that prevent collaboration among scholars and educators.

Promoting collaboration is central to open education. As the Open Education Consortium says: "Sharing is probably the most basic characteristic of education: education is sharing knowledge, insights and information with others, upon which new knowledge, skills, ideas and understanding can be built.

Our series on Open Source in Education will share stories from educators, students, advocates, parents, and more who are implementing open source in education and working toward a more open knowledge base for everyone. Read all of the articles.

Jen leads a team of community managers for the Digital Communities team at Red Hat. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and daughters, June and Jewel.

2 Comments

I am someone who has a zeal for technology and it's conscious application to solve humanities need. I am also a big proponent of taking charge of one's own education and having it leave the confines of regimented academia.

I think you should add Eliademy.com in the resources pages, they are crowdsourcing OER courses and they are providing a free platform for the creation of those.

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