Open Source

Leveling the higher ed playing field with free educational content

Fourteen years ago, as a Victor E. Cameron professor of electrical and computer engineering at Rice University in Houston, Richard G. Baraniuk was frustrated that he couldn’t find the ideal book for his class. He knew there were tens of dozens of other professors out there with the same concern, so rather than write a book to suit his own needs, in 1999, he solved a wider audience’s needs by founding Connexions, a platform for making high-quality educational content available for free on the web and at a very low cost in print.

UC Irvine receives accolade for its open chemistry project

The University of California, Irvine has been awarded a Distance Education Innovation Award by The National University Technology Network for its development of OpenCourseWare content, specifically for its Open Chemistry project.

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Open Source Myth Busters

The reality behind seven commonly held beliefs about open source and what direction they’ll take your institution

The Myth: If you use open source, you’re on your own.

Mass. Community Colleges, Universities Team on MOOCs Project

Bunker Hill Community College and Massachusetts Bay Community College will be the first community colleges to work with EdX, which includes the Harvard/MIT initiative, to bring a new teaching model to the classroom. The colleges plan to use the EdX platform to connect students with leading MOOC professors from around the world.

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A Conversation with Richard Baraniuk

Richard Baraniuk, a professor of electrical and computer science at Rice University in Houston, is founder of the nonprofit education project Connexions. Connexions is a pioneer in open education resources, acting as a repository for more than 17,000 learning objects and over 1,000 collections (textbooks and journal articles) that are used by over 2 million people each month. The materials are freely accessible and can be remixed and repurposed for individual needs.

Free Textbooks for California

If funded, open-source digital textbooks coming to public higher ed

In a step toward improving college access and affordability, California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law two bills that will provide students with free access to digital textbooks.

Bills 1052 and 1053, passed in late September, call for creating free, open source digital textbooks for 50 of the most widely taken introductory courses among the University of California, The California State University, and California Community Colleges systems, and creating a state digital open source library to house the texts.

University of Maryland Calls on Experts Vivantech and Navigator to Implement its Kuali Financial System

Vivantech (vivantech.com), a premier Kuali Commercial Affiliate, today announced that the University of Maryland hired the team of Vivantech and Navigator Management Partners (NMP) to support them with its implementation of the Kuali Financial System (KFS) 5.x.

Free Textbooks for California

Brown signs legislation to create free open-source digital textbooks for the state’s three higher ed systems

In a step toward improving college access and affordability, California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law two bills that will provide students with free access to digital textbooks.

Bills 1052 and 1053, passed last week, call for creating free, open source digital textbooks for 50 of the most widely taken introductory courses among the University of California, and California Community College systems, and creating a state digital open source library to house the texts.

Blackboard Launches Open Source Services Group

Blackboard Inc. today announced the launch of Blackboard Education Open Source Services, a new effort to support clients using open source education technologies. With the announcement, the company will continue to focus on its flagship Blackboard Learn™ platform as well as ANGEL and Edline, while also helping institutions successfully manage open source learning management systems (LMS) including Moodle and Sakai.

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EduComm 2011: "A Lasting Effect"

Most colleges and universities attending EduComm send one or two, sometimes three, people to the conference. Last June, Life University (Ga.) sent seven of its administrators and faculty to learn from the breakout sessions and see the latest higher education technology on the EduComm exhibit floor.

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