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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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Introducing the values of open communities to students: A podcast with Grant Hearn

Podcast series: Those who can, teach and do: An interview with Grant Hearn

As the 2011-2012 academic year rolls in, we're starting something new: a podcast series titled, Those who can, teach and do. Over the past several months, I've been interviewing people who find themselves playing the role of both educator and practitioner. The initial series of podcasts come from interviews gathered at SIGCSE 2011 in Dallas, Texas (March), at POSSE 2011 in Raleigh, NC (July), and ICER 2011 in Providence, RI (August). » Read more

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Poll: Have you used MIT OpenCourseWare?

Open education and MIT OpenCourseWare

The decision by the MIT faculty in 2001 to allow anyone to use their course content was a groundbreaking move, one that has opened education profoundly. Since then, an estimated 100 million individuals have accessed MIT's resources. » Read more

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Webcast today, Cecilia d'Oliveira, executive director of MIT OpenCourseWare on its tenth anniversary and its future

This year MIT OpenCourseWare is celebrating its tenth anniversary of 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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Open thread: What classes have you taken online?

Open thread: What classes have you taken online?

In the spirit of our webcast this week, MIT OpenCourseWare, and the start of a new school year we would like to know what classes you've taken online? Was the content of your online class open sourced? » Read more

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