Education

Teaching software libraries by example

Teaching software libraries by example

These days there is a software library for nearly every occasion. Many of them are well designed and well implemented. Unfortunately, almost none of them have documentation presented in a way that allows a new user to quickly understand the basics and put it to work effectively. » Read more

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2011 People's Choice Award: And the winner is...

People's Choice Award

Thanks to everyone who voted for a People's Choice Award winner last week! Looking at the votes took some time due to a few folks who appear to have been dedicated enough to set up vote-bots. We appreciate your enthusiasm, but our authors are champs on their own, no additional help needed. But now that the votes are all in, we're pleased to announce that this year's winner is David Doria, who wrote several stories for our Education channel last year. » Read more

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Can Apple change education?

Can Apple change education?

On January 19, Apple held a large, education-related event on in New York City. Just as with almost any other Apple event, pre-event speculations were all over the place. It was clear that the announcement was going to target the textbook market, but what wasn't clear was its scope. As AllThingsD's Peter Kafka wrote: "the key thing to watch at the Guggenheim is whether Cue brings up reps from the big textbook publishers like Pearson and McGraw-Hill onstage, or whether the focus is on letting educators and others build their own books, so they can bypass both the publishers and the antiquated textbook procurement system." » Read more

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Vote for the 2011 People's Choice Award

 Vote for the 2011 People's Choice Award

It's the time of year when we like to celebrate our community. And as we did last year, we want you to choose your favorite author for the 2011 People's Choice Award.

Voting will be open through January 27, 2012.

The winner will be announced on January 30, 2012 on opensource.com.

Voting is now closed.

 

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Designing aesthetically pleasing Moodle courses

Designing aesthetically pleasing Moodle courses

When you’re working online and you access a text heavy web-page that scrolls for 5 pages, what is your initial reaction? To most of us, a text-heavy page filled with a long list of resources and activities is not inviting or enticing. The same is true for students and online courses. But with a little sleight of hand, plus use of the right resource formats and labels, you can design an aesthetically pleasing online course and avoid the long scrolling webpage syndrome. » Read more

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Take our reader survey to help us improve opensource.com

Open source is built on community, and opensource.com is no exception. To make this an effective resource, it helps us to know who you are and what's important to you. Please take a few minutes to fill out our quick reader survey. We'll be accepting responses through January 27.

And of course, you can contact us any time you have questions, problems, or story ideas.

Thanks for being a part of opensource.com. » Read more

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Typing at 255 WPM shouldn't cost $4000: Plover, the open source steno system

Plover, the open source steno system

"Imagine if programming required a special computer that couldn't connect to the internet or run games or do anything else except write computer software, and that it sold for $1,500. What do you think the state of software development would look like?" » Read more

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Results-Oriented Work Environment a product of changing work landscape

Results-Oriented Work Environment a product of changing work landscape

Whether you’ve taken the time to notice or not, the concept of a traditional workday and work environment is changing — and rapidly.

No longer are workers content to sit behind cubicle walls from 9-to-5, tethered to their chairs or stations like a ball and chain. Sales jobs, online marketing jobs, website development jobs and a million and one others make it possible to be just as productive from the comforts of home or a wifi-enabled coffee shop as you would be in the office. » Read more

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Open*Education: 2011 in review

year in review

There is something about a new year that always seems so promising and energizing. It doesn’t seem like too long ago we were saying thank heavens for 2011, and now it’s time to bring in 2012. Before we close this chapter, let’s take a quick look at the ten most popular articles in the education community for 2011, starting with number ten and counting down.

10. How open source tools can create balanced learning environments » Read more

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Open*Education 2011 best images

Open*Education 2011 best images

The visual components on opensource.com are an important element to the look and feel of our content. The images help set the tone for the site. The imagery embodies qualities such as motivational, editorial, authoritative (but not authoritarian), human, and optimism.

Without our imagery, the content on the site would be plain and unsightly. We'd like to highlight some of the images from 2011 and give you a chance to pick your favorite. » Read more

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