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Open Source Comes to Academic Publishing

Open Source Comes to Academic Publishing

| June 22, 2011 | 1 Comment

When we talk about the upheaval in educational publishing, we often focus on what students read, via digital textbooks, apps, and e-readers and tablets. But there’s another side to all this, and that’s the production of the scholarly works. For most academics, publishing their work in scholarly journals is a part of their jobs. It’s […]

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The Virtues of the Open Web

The Virtues of the Open Web

| April 27, 2011 | 0 Comments

Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media (which organizes the annual Maker Faire), O’Reilly Media (publisher of all those great “Missing Manuals”) heralds the virtues of the open web and the history of open-source information in this talk at Open Educational Resources 2011 talk last month. “The most important educational resource is the student,” he says.

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10 Ways OpenCourseWare Has Freed Education

10 Ways OpenCourseWare Has Freed Education

| April 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Flickr:CriCristina This month marks the tenth anniversary of MIT OpenCourseWare, the university’s initiative to provide free and open access to its core academic content — the syllabi, lecture notes, problem sets and solutions, exams, reading lists, and event video lectures from over 2000 MIT course. The decision by the MIT faculty in 2001 to allow […]

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Open Source: A New Paradigm for Language Learning

Open Source: A New Paradigm for Language Learning

| April 4, 2011 | 3 Comments

“Humans tend to use new technology in the same way they used the old technology,” says Cleve Miller, founder and managing director of English360, an online learning and open source model for English language teachers. “The first television broadcasts were of a man in an armchair with a microphone — exactly like the radio! It […]

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Unlocking the Teacher in All of Us

Unlocking the Teacher in All of Us

| March 28, 2011 | 2 Comments

We hear a lot about the importance of “social learning” — the recognition that students’ collaboration on projects is something to praise, not a form of cheating to punish. But we tend to hear little about “social teaching,” and the idea that that collaborative process of knowledge sharing and building involves both learning and teaching. […]

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What’s Next for Open-Source Education?

What’s Next for Open-Source Education?

| February 23, 2011 | 0 Comments

Ten years ago, the concept of a university openly sharing its prized (and expensive) curriculum for free with anyone who was interested, especially one has highly regarded as M.I.T., was unheard of. But in the past decade MIT OpenCourseWare has paved the way for the open-source content movement. On their tenth anniversary, ReadWriteWeb enumerates what […]

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HippoCampus: Online Content In and Out of Class

HippoCampus: Online Content In and Out of Class

| February 1, 2011 | 1 Comment

Through a series of slideshow presentations, HippoCampus covers a wide range of subject areas, from the Civil War to biopsychology. By Sara Bernard For students seeking study guides and educators needing specific content, here’s another robust online resource: HippoCampus, a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE), provides multimedia homework and study […]

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Teachers’ Customizable Curriculum: 5 More Resources

Teachers’ Customizable Curriculum: 5 More Resources

| October 29, 2010 | 0 Comments

Flickr: FontFont By Sara Bernard As the open source movement in education grows, so do the number of nonprofits, foundations, and collaborative sites that support it (and vice versa). The following is not an exhaustive list by any means. Stay tuned for more posts on open source textbooks and curricula in the coming weeks. Open […]

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