Education

Open source solutions are improving how students learn—and how instructors teach—in communities around the world. Read the fascinating and inspiring stories we've collected about how open source is influencing education at all levels.

UC Irvine's new OpenChem project

open source your university
I recently spoke with Larry Cooperman, director of OpenCourseWare at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Larry also serves on the boards of...Read more

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