Open education news roundup: The impact of poverty, why one teacher hates paper, and a Stanford education (anywhere)
If you've ever wished you could afford a Stanford University course--or just this semester's textbooks for community college, we have some interesting articles for you this week. If you've wondered how you would score on your child's standardized tests, read on.
Moodle is the popular open source Learning Management System (LMS) that has taken the training market by storm in recent years. The Elearning Guild LMS Survey in 2010 showed that of the top 3 LMS applications (Moodle, Blackboard and TotalLMS), Moodle had the highest satisfaction ratings for ease of... Read more
Open Source Physics is an online curriculum resource, created and edited by a group of college professors, that provides students new ways to understand and predict physical phenomena through computational physics and computer modeling. For students who learn best by exploring and doing versus just... Read more
What can "social video" do for learning?
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... Read more
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.
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... Read more
Technology is rapidly evolving. This evolution is occurring because people are sharing ideas, resources and themselves online 24/7.
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... Read more
Freer than free, opener than open: The fight for the learning management systems market is heating up (again)
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... Read more