Open Source

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

Why Aren’t More Schools Using Free, Open Tools?

| June 9, 2014 | 65 Comments

One school in Pennsylvania is using open-source tools wherever possible to keep students close to the code behind the machines they use. This stance is opposite to the very restrictive policies of many schools, but could allow students more freedom to explore what makes devices work.

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Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

Will Free Online Textbooks Become a Reality for California College Students?

| September 6, 2012 | 4 Comments

thinkstock By Ana Tintocalis California is one step closer to bringing free online textbooks for state college students, a huge step for the open education movement. A historic bill on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown would give college professors, and thereby students, an option to use free online, customizable curriculum rather than print textbooks, […]

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Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School

Five Smart Habits to Develop for Back to School

| August 13, 2012 | 8 Comments

By Ben Stern, EdSurge The enemy of innovation and growth is routine. These auspicious weeks before the school year commences are the perfect time to create a new routine that will ensure innovation in your instruction and growth as an instructor. Here are some idea for those who want to take advantage of these next […]

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How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content

How Open Education is Changing the Texture of Content

| May 31, 2012 | 9 Comments

By Frank Catalano Schools are moving from creamy to chunky — but not in relation to cafeteria peanut butter. The change in texture is happening with content. Instruction that was structured linearly, captured in books that were all-inclusive monoliths with a predetermined progression for a uniform, somewhat “creamy” consistency, is shifting to newer forms of […]

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Guide to MOOCs: Free, Quality Higher Education

Guide to MOOCs: Free, Quality Higher Education

| May 14, 2012 | 14 Comments

More and more Ivy League universities are offering free online courses. Here’s a comprehensive guide to what’s available to enterprising students.

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Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning?

Is Peer Input as Important as Content for Online Learning?

| April 24, 2012 | 3 Comments

Today, Open Education Resources (OER) industry leaders are arguing that the free content is only the starting point.

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Open Education Sites Offer Free Content for All

Open Education Sites Offer Free Content for All

| October 27, 2011 | 20 Comments

Flickr:FontFont Open education sites exemplify how technology is democratizing education. These sites allow both learners and teachers to create their own curriculum, whether it’s used in or out of the classroom. Here’s a comprehensive list of open education sites MindShift has covered. As always, we love to hear about sites that aren’t included in the […]

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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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