Education

  • Education is typically built from 3 parts, 1) exposure to content, 2) learning the content, and 3) verifying the content has been learned. Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have drastically scaled up the ability to accomplish the first phase of learning, but so far little has been done for the other two. The industry is […]

  • Following a corruption scandal involving the superintendent of Los Angeles Schools and executives from Apple and Pearson Education, the city’s iPad for every student plan has been halted. Apple and Pearson have both spent considerable lobbying effort to establish themselves in the US education system, a relationship that has encouraged the use of proprietary electronic […]

  • Open source is being used increasingly in the US military for a variety of applications. In September, camp Shelby in Mississippi will be launching open source training courses for the military under the work of the Open Technology Center. The academy is part of an effort to improve IT skills of military personnel and to […]

  • Home gardening can be an enriching activity, but finding information on the web to help you can be a challenge. Often, information about problems is conflicting and not tailored to the specific location of the gardener. OpenFarm seeks to crowdsource growing advice through the creation of a Wiki that allows anyone to build custom guides […]

  • Participating in open source can foster a sense of optimism and hope, open up new skills and abilities, and encourage deeper engagement in learning within the individuals involved. This article is chocked full of examples of open source expanding the potential of the human mind. More from OpenSource.com

  • LiDAR is a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with lasers and analyzing the reflected light. It is a necessary part of building autonomous drones that are functional enough to be used in situations of high importance. A new project has been launched on kickstarter to fund an open source LiDAR […]

  • Nigerian libraries do not typically have the resourced to provide staff and patrons with proprietary applications. The Librarians Registration Council of Nigeria is launchign a workshop aimed at educating Nigerian librarians on open source library tools. Their goal is to modernize Nigerian libraries and facilitate information sharing by training over 4,000 librarians. More from All […]

  • In May of this year, professors from across the country convened at Drexel University for the Professors’ Open SOurce Summer Experience, a three day immersive conference for faculty who want to incorporated open source into their teaching. Issues like allowing students to work on critical projects, and how to work around release schedules that don’t […]

  • The Open Knowledge festival was started as an effort to improve collective sharing, learning, and making, and to bring positive change to society by improving access to knowledge and tools. This group seeks to improve accessibility to music, films, books, government information, and scientific, historical, and geographical data. The festival is being held in Berlin, […]

  • An update to the U.S. children’s Internet Protection Act in 2011 stipulates that schools who receive federal funding from the FCC’s E-rate program must educate students on cyber safety. Charlie Reisinger offers ideas for how this education could be updated to include information related to technology rights, open formats and licenses, ethics and privacy, and […]

  • The tech industry has had problems with gender diversity for some time, and the gap between men and women involvement in open source has been even worse. OpenHatch started in 2009 as an effort to recruit open source contributors from a variety of backgrounds on college campuses. Efforts like this seek to expand the diversity […]

  • A survey of UK educators listed interoperability and migration problems, lack of support, and poor quality software as the top three reasons for deciding not to pursue open source applications. Overall, the survey exposed the major supply-side and demand-side factors that are contributing to the slow adoption of open source in education. More from OpenSource.com

  • Libraries are a wonderful place to engage patrons through use of open source tools. Bringing the community together for classes, talks, and collaborative events can help people learn and grow while promoting open source. More at OpenSource.com

  • The price of textbooks in the US has risen at exceptionally high rates for decades. Open education resources are attempting to provide educational materials to students and educators at much more affordable prices through principles of reuse, redistribution, revision, and remixing. More at OpenSource.com

  • Random Articles from the OST Archives

    • Open access journals provide an alternative to expensive paid journals for use in research and they help propagate knowledge by making it more accessible. Here are five great open access journals that provide a wealth of high quality, free information. First Monday – Covers communication issues on the internet such as censorship and digital media […]

    • Harvard University has released an open source soft robotics toolkit designed to help anyone get started building soft robots. Soft robots could play an important part in search and rescue missions or surgical operations due to their ability to flex and fit into confined spaces. They operate through a system of inflating/deflating to move and […]