Education

Inside NYSCATE: Moodle, GIMP, and other open source in education

Inside NYSCATE: Moodle, GIMP, and other open source in education

As an educator, trained Linux systems administrator, and technology director for a K-12 school district, I have been actively involved with NYSCATE (The New York State Association for Computers and Technologies in Education), a non-profit organization that works to lead the transformation of teaching and learning through technology. It’s been 20 years since I attended my first NYSCATE conference, and the conference’s open source presence has taken many different forms.  » Read more

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The making of Arduino, an open source electronics prototyping platform

The making of Arduino

IEEE Spectrum, the flagship publication for the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, recently carried an article on the history of the popular open hardware microcontroller board, the Arduino. » Read more

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Open source and faculty motivation

Open source and faculty motivation

When I spent some time going around North Carolina recently visiting POSSE professors, I had a realization: We encourage professors to be productively lost, to go out and feel immersed in a community, admit that they can't solve all of the problems themselves, and act more as a facilitator in the classroom. That helps them identify the right questions to ask--and the right places to ask them--online.
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What a classroom will look like in 10 years

What a classroom will look like in 10 years

Technology is rapidly evolving. This evolution is occurring because people are sharing ideas, resources and themselves online 24/7. 

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The importance of collaboration in higher education

The importance of collaboration in higher education

One of the biggest concerns students have when it comes to online education is losing the experience of interacting with their peers and professors because collaboration is often so integral to success in their future workplaces. In the past, online learning platforms have struggled to recreate these interactive environments that students value so much in traditional classes, but new technologies are now addressing the issue and created a collaborative online environment.  » Read more

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Freer than free, opener than open: The fight for the learning management systems market is heating up (again)

Freer than free, opener than open: The fight for the learning management systems

These are exciting times for those who use Learning Management Systems (LMS), applications that help teachers (and students) get a handle on their course materials, grading, and assignments.

Currently there are150+ different LMS companies and projects available. And as with any product on its way toward commoditization, someone's disrupting the industry. » Read more

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Brigham Young University faculty survey seeks to advance open education through academic libraries

Brigham Young University faculty survey seeks to advance open education through

Jeff Belliston and Elizabeth Smart from Brigham Young University are working to address the issues facing academic libraries trying to advance open education, beginning with BYU. » Read more

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The Open Course Library launches today with a vision for better open courseware

The Open Course Library launches today with a vision for better open courseware

Today the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) is launching The Open Course Library, a resource of open course materials from the top courses in the system, set to save nearly half a million students (and taxpayers who support many of them in financial aid) nearly a thousand dollars each every year. » Read more

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Cable Green, director of learning at Creative Commons, on the obviousness of open policies

Cable Green, director of learning at Creative Commons, gave the final morning's opening keynote at the 2011 Open Education Conference on the seeming obviousness of open policy as a necessity for education.

"I'm interested in the policies that prevent us from providing an education to anyone in the world who might want one," Green said. That worldwide demand for education outpaces our ability to meet it. » Read more

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Default to open: The scientific method

The scientific method: it all starts with a simple, essential question. How can you "know" something?

How can we gather knowledge and have confidence in the correctness of such knowledge? The lucubration of many smart minds over the centuries came to refine the following: » Read more

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