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open source textbooks gaining ground

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on September 2, 2008 by ruyoung

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 supplements to download, such as instructor manuals, lecture powerpoint slides, and test item files. this brings the open source textbook concept full circle and is inclusive of not just the student, but the educator as well.

We preserve the best of the old – books by leading experts that are rigorously reviewed and developed to the highest standards. Then we flip it all on its head.  Our books are free online. We offer convenient, low-cost choices for students – print, audio, by-the-chapter, and more. Our books are open for instructors to mix, mash, and make their own. Our books are the hub of a social learning network where students learn from the book and each other.

operating with a creative commons licence, flatworld knowledge is open to connecting with authors and researchers to help create the materials that students can order in whichever format suits them better: physical textbooks, pdf format, or even mp3 format. (and perhaps even other mobile learning formats such as pdfs for the amazon kindle or the sony reader)

and to make it truly learning 2.0, the market place where anyone – instructor, learner, and passionate passersby alike – can sell materials such as study aids, and the community tools offer collaboration, instant messaging and communication, and question and answers.

stay tuned for their launch in jan 2009.

goodbye textbooks, hello open-source learning

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on July 26, 2008 by ruyoung

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: