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Dialing the right mix: open source principles and collaboration

Dialing the right mix: open source principles and collaboration

This should come as no surprise: Open source principles are great guidelines for conducting successful collaboration sessions. What wasn’t as obvious to me was that the different principles are more important in different collaboration situations. Imagine the concepts of trust, openness, transparency, and release early, release often as ingredients in a mix, controlled by a row of dials. The environment determines how much you need to 'dial up' or 'dial down' each characteristic. » Read more

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How university open debates and discussions introduced me to open source

How university open debates and discussions introduced me to open source

My experience with the open source way of doing things dates back to my university days in India. During those days, I had a very narrow view with regards to what exactly open source is and what its true meaning is. This view was limited only to the question “why should one give away his work for free to anyone?" I was ignorant about the beauty of the open source methodology that rests on the principle of creative collaboration. » Read more

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On open educational resources -- Beyond definitions

On open educational resources -- Beyond definitions

Despite the attempts at single sentence definitions so common in the published literature, “open educational resources” is a highly context-mediated construct. However, because philanthropic and public funding agencies commonly require grant outputs to be open educational resources, the ability to quickly and clearly categorize a variety of creative works as “open educational resources” or “not open educational resources” has become critical. » Read more

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Saddened and bewildered by academic copyright assignments

Saddened and bewildered by academic copyright assignments

Karl Fogel reminded me to check the copyright assignment for the scholarly papers I'm starting to submit on Teaching Open Source (TOS), particularly POSSE. I sat down and did some digging, and here's what I found--keep in mind these are the notes of an unschooled grad student new to the topic, uneducated on copyright and new to academic publishing--let me know if your experiences have involved other interpretations of these policies. In fact, I'm posting these assertions in the hope that people will correct me if I've made mistakes (and I will edit this post and provide attribution for the edits). » Read more

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How to fight censorship and share books during Banned Books Week

How to fight censorship and share books during Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week, held the last week of September each year since 1982, is an opportunity for libraries and bookstores to draw attention to censorship with challenged books. In the 29 years since the first Banned Books Week, more than 11,000 books have been challenged, including 348 reported to the American Library Association's Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2010 alone. They estimate that 70-80% are never reported. » Read more

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OpenCourseWare All Grown Up: Hal Abelson at the RIT GCCIS Dean's Lecture Series

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The Rochester Institute of Technology Gollisano College Dean's Lecture Series established in 2003 was "designed to expose 'real world' experts to our students and to provide professional development opportunities for our alumni and community friends." Last year brought Walter Bender of Sugar Labs to speak with the crowd about another world-class FOSS campaign brought to us by the MIT Media Lab. » Read more

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Why one-size-fits-all could save public education

Why one-size-fits-all could save public education

One-size-fits-all is vanilla ice cream.  It’s plain white athletic socks. It’s “Mary Had a Little Lamb” with a recorder.  One-size-fits-all is an assembly line and a Model-T Ford and a straight line of school children marching to their class.   It’s industrial.  It’s lock-step.  It’s mechanistic.

And it just might save public education. » Read more

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The Saylor Foundation Open Textbook Challenge

The Saylor Foundation Open Textbook Challenge

Any professor who has written a textbook knows that it’s usually more a labor of love than a profitable venture.

Yet the average college student at a four-year public school spends over » Read more

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Webcast recap and recording: MIT OpenCourseWare's past and future

MIT OpenCourseWare webcast replay and recap

This year, MIT OpenCourseWare is celebrating its tenth anniversary. That's one full decade providing open access to more than 2,000 courses with course materials including lecture notes, problem sets, syllabuses, exams, simulations, and the video lectures. » Read more

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How to build a sustainable nonprofit the open source way

How to build a sustainable nonprofit the open source way

Building a broadly impactful and long-lasting nonprofit is no easy task. In addition to formulating a long-term mission, establishing community recognition, and developing ties to other organizations, traditional nonprofits must also secure regular sources of external funding. The cycle of worry is never complete, as there is the never-ending possibility that donor pockets will empty and grant opportunities will not come to fruition. Moreover, fund-raising efforts can divert substantial time from actively fulfilling the nonprofit’s mission. » Read more

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