About Open* Education


Students map their university campus with MapKnitter

open campus
In the fall of 2010, I asked the biology class I teach at Western Carolina University for volunteers to help map the campus. Three years later,...Read more

The no-excuses guide to introducing yourself to a new open source project

open source projects
Getting started in an unfamiliar open source project seems intimidating because it is intimidating; plunging into the unknown usually is. Navigating...Read more

Open Course Library's best resource: introductory college course materials

open education resources
Open Course Library has now released 81 high quality, free-to-use courses to the public. Users are can adapt and distribute content under a Creative...Read more

Market pressure builds to provide alternatives to costly textbooks

open education resources
A report issued by the United States Government Accountability Office on June 6 confirms a trend of the educational publishing industry: textbook...Read more

Maker Machine sends open source robots to school

Robots deliver apples to teachers at school
Maker Machine is a mobile makerspace that brings 3D printers, DIY robotics, and interactive art to primary schools, libraries, museums and youth...Read more

How to get a class involved with an open source project

open source projects in the classrom
We talk about "community" a lot when it comes to open source, but it's important to remember that just like local communities within a city, town,...Read more

Desperate times call for Tux Paint

Tux Paint for open education
Bill Kendrick created Tux Paint in only a couple of days. A friend asked why there wasn't a free and open source drawing program for kids, something...Read more

How libraries can be a haven for makers

open source in libraries
I work at a public library in the Washington DC-area and often think about what needs to be designed into the space of future public libraries. I was...Read more