goodbye textbooks, hello open-source learning

richard baraniuk gave a talk 2yrs ago on building the framework for a knowledge eco-system to create and share learning material. he relates open-source learning to the revolution of the music world, in terms of creating, ripping, mixing, and sharing. through connexions, individuals are encouraged to contribute modules that, under a creative commons licence, are free for everyone to use and reuse.

the benefits open-source learning is that the learner can benefit how he/she needs, rather than how a curriculum or a textbook is pre-determined, because the content can be customised to the student’s learning style, language, and interests, and in terms of making learning materal available to people in developing worlds, the content can be translated and customised with a local context to avoid cultural imperialism.

the talk:


One Response to “goodbye textbooks, hello open-source learning”

  1. […] flatworld knowledge is another contender in the open source textbook market. while other open source textbook options are admirably doing something similar, flatworld knowledge takes it a step further to offer […]

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