Education

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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"Access alone is not enough" Josh Jarrett, Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

"Access alone is not enough" Josh Jarrett, Deputy Director of Postsecondary Succ

Josh Jarrett, Deputy Director of Postsecondary Success at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, delivered today's keynote at the Open Education Conference with a simple message (but no simple answer): Access alone is not enough to help people realize their dreams. » Read more

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Is licensing really the most important question for OER?

Open education resources

Ahrash Bissell, project manager for the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education and former executive director of ccLearn (the education division of Creative Commons), posited to the attendees of the Open Education Conference that worrying about OER licenses puts the focus in the wrong place. » Read more

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Spread the momentum with Open Access Week

Open Access Week map

This week is Open Access Week, celebrating its fifth year of helping academic and research communities learn more about the benefits of open access and inspiring wider open participation.

From Open Access Week: » Read more

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Martha Kanter and Jim Shelton of the US Department of Education open the 2011 Open Education Conference

Open Education Conference 2011

Martha Kanter, Undersecretary of Education in the US Department of Education, gave today's opening keynote at the 2011 Open Education Conference in Park City, UT, followed by Jim Shelton, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement.

When President Obama took office, he asserted that the US should strive to have the best, most educated, most competitive workforce in the world. But right now we're 16th in the world in education and being outcompeted by other countries, including Singapore and China. » Read more

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FOSS meets IT Education at ACM-SIGITE

FOSS meets IT Education at ACM-SIGITE

The Association of Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group in IT Education (ACM-SIGITE) met at West Point's Thayer Hotel on the first day of the three-day conference--and free and open source software (FOSS) was one of the top items on the menu.

The conference offered a three-paper session and a panel on using FOSS in the classroom that were well attended and generated good questions (and answers) about approaches, tools, and techniques for bringing students into FOSS. » Read more

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