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Open education, open source, and the dilemma over e-textbooks

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 education seemed to be a pipe dream. » Read more

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Teaching the open source way: An interview with Sameer Verma

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 open source way.

Recently, we talked with Verma about the challenge of open source pedagogy, about integrating open source technologies and values into the college classroom, about the benefits of learning open source project management, and about his work with One Laptop Per Child. » Read more

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UK teachers are free to choose open source curriculum

UK teachers are free to choose open source curriculum

The UK Department of Education has confirmed that information and communications technology (ICT) lessons that teach children how to use Microsoft Word and PowerPoint will soon be more open.

Starting September 2012, computer teachers will be given “the freedom and flexibility to design an ICT curriculum that is best for their pupils,” says Michael Gove, Department of Education secretary. This means teachers can change the curriculum to teach open source if they prefer. » Read more

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Open for voting: "Why Open Education Matters" video competition

Open for voting: "Why Open Education Matters" video competition

In March, we shared with you that Creative Commons, the U.S. Department of Education, and the Open Society Foundations were jointly holding a video competition. They asked the general public to create a video that explains “Why Open Education matters”. The months have flown by and now submissions have been uploaded and are open for voting.

Here are a few of our favorites: » Read more

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New Media Commons white paper examines future of transparency in peer review

New Media Commons white paper examines future of transparency in peer review

The always-insightful Alex Reid has penned an essay "on the question of open peer review," which examines a draft white paper posted to Media Commons last week. » Read more

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MIT and Harvard launch joint education venture

MIT and Harvard launch joint education venture

Harvard and MIT recently announced a joint venture they are calling edX. Beginning in the fall of 2012, edX will offer free online classes to anyone who can access the Internet. Both institutions are claiming edX is "not a Harvard or MIT lite," but it will be hosting content from actual classes at both universities. The vision behind edX is to extend both institutions’ commitment to improving education for everyone–including those on campus and around the world. » Read more

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Introducing the Last Language Textbook

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." » Read more

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Open source creates a more compassionate global education

Open source creates a more compassionate global education

Rock legend Roger Waters, of Pink Floyd fame has asked many interesting questions (in song). This one (posted on his website) might be one you don’t expect: “Will the technologies of communication in our culture, serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?”

Will educators, parents, and children view free and open source as a way to create a kinder, sharing, and cooperative relationships with one another in the United States and around the world? » Read more

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Learning Fedena teaches professors how to collaborate

teacher/learner

This academic year was my first year as assistant professor in the ISIGK (المعهد العالي للإعلامية و التصرف بالقيروان‬ | Tunisia). I enjoy teaching in this institute and being in Kairouan for many personal and professional reasons. Here I will talk about the benefits of using Fedena, a School Management Software (SMS), in the ISIGK (Higher Institute of Computer Science and Management of Kairouan).

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Khan to MIT graduates: Open content is the future

The key to open education

Open education innovator Sal Khan, MIT alumnus and founder of Khan Academy, gave the commencement address at MIT graduation ceremony on June 8, a speech that included both a nod to the power of open education as exemplified by MIT's OpenCourseWare program and Khan's own web site, and an homage to the importance of the unique academic community that is MIT. » Read more

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