Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. Probably one of the better sources on this is Jane Hart’s Instructional Tools Directory. In addition, she indicates if they are free or cost money – which is not quite the same thing as open source. Beyond that, probably the best thing to do is to use eLearning Learning to go through it’s open source eLearning and open source eLearning Tools.

Open Source Strategic Planning

Beth Kanter

Paul Connolly, who has been a guest blogger on this blog before , covered the session on Open Source Strategic Planning. ” While Wikipedia is the fifth most visited web site, its budget and staff is relatively small and it relies on 100,000 contributors across the world to create and edit content. In 2009, the foundation began by harvesting almost a thousand proposals for future directions from community members through online crowd-sourcing.


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Open Source Assessment

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This has come up in a couple of places lately, and I'd like to get the concept down on paper (as it were) so people has a sense of what I mean when I talk about 'open source assessment'. The conversation comes up in the context of open educational resources (OERs). When posed the question in Winnipeg regarding what I thought the ideal open online course would look like, my eventual response was that it would not look like a course at all, just the assessment.

Interesting Distribute Publishing Model and Open Source

Tony Karrer

(via Stephen Downes ) Impact of Open Source Software on Education, Series Launch is interesting both because of the publishing model and because of the content. What they've done is recruit authors who are going to publish (via a blog) something between a blog post, interview and an article every other week on a particular topic - in this case Open Source.

Meaning & the content heresy

Dave Snowden

The content of the narrative is only a part of the meaning that the contributor can supply, the way they interpret is also key, not only to provide quantitative data and objectivity in an abductive world, but also to empower the story teller over the expert. The key thing is to realise that meaning is not in the content, meaning is an emergent property of content, signifiers, interpretation over time.

My Moodle Test


Home > Learning Technologies , Standards > My Moodle Test My Moodle Test October 9th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Talk has been heating up lately regarding the use of open source versus proprietary systems for learning. Sophia Peters provides another interesting post entitled Deciding Between Open Source and Proprietary Software? once people get past their initial fears and the stigma, the Open Source learning development community will grow exponentially.”

"Using Open Source Social Software as Digital Library Interface" (D-Lib Magazine)

Mark Oehlert

It examines the use of blogging software as an interface to digital library content stored in a separate repository. ( LINK ). This article investigates the use of social software applications in digital library environments.

Content Models and Mobile Delivery

Clark Quinn

Using content models to separate out the content from how it gets rendered for display, he’s creating more flexibility across devices. Hybrid uses DITA , a standard for wrapping definition around content, to develop their content. He presented powerful arguments to use this open source topic-based approach. For one, being open source, you’re not locked in to a proprietary format, yet backed by IBM it’s well supported.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Open Laszlo: Open Source Webtop Platform

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Shout out to my current favorite Web-based tool: Pixer | Main | "1st Virtual World Shootout.Forterras OLIVE Platform Smokes Second Life" (Ambient Connections) » July 03, 2007 Open Laszlo: Open Source Webtop Platform Anyone else out there have experience with this platform ?

WGBH and public radio’s future

Doc Searls

The story is apparent in the first four paragraphs of its About page (which is sure to change): WGBH is PBS’s single largest producer of content for television (prime-time and children’s programs) and the Web. In today’s fast-changing media landscape, we’re making sure you can find our content when and where you choose — on TV, radio, the Web, podcasts, vodcasts, streaming audio and video, iPhone applications, groundbreaking teaching tools, and more.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Open Laszlo Gets Its Own Track and Big Customers for the open source webtop platform

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Ajax SDK for the iPhone on the way from Backbase | Main | Quote of the Day: Vannevar Bush - "As We May Think" » September 06, 2007 Open Laszlo Gets Its Own Track and Big Customers for the open source webtop platform Way back in July, I posted a brief note about OpenLaszlo. is actually investigating using it and today I see that Open Laszlo has its own track at AjaxWorld West 2007.

Harold Jarche » Open Up

Harold Jarche

Harold Jarche » Attribution-only

Harold Jarche

Content Delivery Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Services and Design The basic service to the first customers was the provision of access to static content to websites. And the FBI uses Akamai to deliver all its content on through Akamai, so there’s no way to access the FBI servers through the site. Static Content The simplest service example occurs when decides to outsource its image sourcing. You need an algorithm to assign clients to specific servers based on specific type of content requested.

Open Content, Enclosure and Conversion

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Indeed, one of the challenges is to arrive at a definition of an open license that allows for such agreement. I say 'definition of an open license' because I now believe that it is possible to arrive at one. Freedom One point of agreement I think we can find is in our support for 'free content', in the sense of 'freedom' expressed by Richard Stallman. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.

February Hot List: Mobile Learning Content

Nancy White

Best of Mobile Learning February 1, 2010 to February 28, 2010 Featured Sources The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals.

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Another Kick at the 'Free Content' Cat

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

From discussions on the WikiEducator mailing list: Someone commented, "MIT's OCW materials use the NC restriction and therefore do not qualify as free content under the free cultural works definition. The access may be open -- but they are certainly not free materials :-)" I replied: This is written as though it is a simple fait accompli. Still not sure I understand the meaning of NC , and why NC is not good for free content ?

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Big Basket of Stuff #3.the last for today.and short

Mark Oehlert

Main | The World Continues to Get Spikier, not Flatter » March 05, 2008 Big Basket of Stuff #3.the last for today.and short Adobes Kevin Lynch on AIRs Open-Source Road to the Desktop (WIRED):"This week, Adobe released version 1.0 e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Big Basket of Stuff which even amnesiacs can remember games.students get connected and wikis get adopted.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Prism for Firefox: Run Web Sites/Apps w/out a whole big browser getting in the way.

Mark Oehlert we have two reasons why having a browser built on open source code with a powerful and passionate development community behind it, will continue to provide a more robust and user-focused experience than something provided by say a large corporation - no knock on large corporations (some of my best friends.). Prism also allows web application content tobe customized in some ways to make it more conducive to desktop use."

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Flash and Silverlight Content becoming Searchable - Kinda.

Mark Oehlert

and a Learning Organization Survey - both from Harvard | Main | Day 3 - Forecasting the Future: Predicition Markets and MMOGs » July 15, 2008 Flash and Silverlight Content becoming Searchable - Kinda. This is good news.seems that content that is contained with Flash files and whatever teeny tiny amount of content is contained in Silverlight odd twist, as of 3 July its reported that MSFT Live Search isnt indexing Flash content.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): GDC Update 5: Player Generated Content in Casual Games

Mark Oehlert

» February 20, 2008 GDC Update 5: Player Generated Content in Casual Games Player Generated Content in Casual Games One of the presenters is Kris Soumas and dig this title - "VP of Games, Lifetime Television" I wonder if they even have a CLO.but they have a VP of Games. e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « GDC Update 4: A Basket of Stuff | Main | GDC Update 6: Game Studies Download 3.0

A Personal Learning Platform

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This to me is probably the best explanation of how I think we should be using open educational resources in learning. The idea here is that open educational resources are something that we create and work with and share and communicate with rather than pre-structured academic contents.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): DoWeb Comics Offer Another Way to Handle Content and Crowds?

Mark Oehlert

Main | Headed to DevLearn » October 31, 2007 DoWeb Comics Offer Another Way to Handle Content and Crowds? This just got me thinking about coupling this with something like a Digg-service.users would vote on their favorite content or managers would look at the content that is getting the most hits or the highest ratings and then use that data to fund the development of the content to the next level (HTML to RIA to game, e.g.).

Openness: Why learners should know about, and influence, how decisions are made about their learning

George Siemens

Earlier this week, I delivered a presentation to TEDxEdmonton on why openness and learning analytics are critical for rethinking the future of education. The theme of the event was on open source culture and whether the promises of open source have been oversold. My argument is that openness has not been oversold and that increased openness (of content, teaching/learning, analytics, policy, data, and technology) is really the only path forward for reform.

The smell of boiling frog

Doc Searls

While there are some open source codecs , all the systems I just named use proprietary (patent-based) codecs.

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Reimaging Open Educational Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is an edited transcript of my presentation 'Reimaging Open Educational Resources' presented November 10 2020 to the Open Education 2020 Conferemce. link] So what I want to talk to you today talked about with you today is open education resources.

Test LMS

Clark Quinn

Probably the most interesting is: Open Source CMS - a site that has a whole bunch of open source tools installed so that you can play around with them. The eLearning software I saw was: ATutor Claroline Docebo suite Dokeos DrupalEd Interact Moodle SyndeoCMS It also has a bunch of content management systems, a CRM (SugarCRM) and others.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Dissertation: The Effective Integration of Digital Games and Learning Content by M.P.J. Habgood

Mark Oehlert

» November 20, 2007 Dissertation: The Effective Integration of Digital Games and Learning Content by M.P.J. " November 20, 2007 in Research | Permalink Technorati Tags : game-based learning , research TrackBack TrackBack URL for this entry: [link] Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Dissertation: The Effective Integration of Digital Games and Learning Content by M.P.J.

[berkman] Dries Buytaert: Drupal and sustaining collaborative efforts

David Weinberger

Drupal is an open source content manager, Dries says. Today he’s going to talk about: history, open source, community, the evolution of software, and how to grow and sustain it. as open source, as “a full-featured content management/discussion engine…suitable to setup a news-driven comunity or portal site similar to and” (as it said in the original annoucement). Open Source.

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nursing care performance analysis case study

Harold Jarche

From the initial performance analyses conducted on the hospital wards, to the implementation of the open source Moodle and Mambo technology systems, the consultants worked closely with the hospital staff in the development of their knowledge base, using domain ontologies.

Lessons from the transformation of Washington Post since its acquisition by Jeff Bezos

Ross Dawson

I’m at the INMA conference in New York, where I gave the opening keynote yesterday morning on Creating the Future of News. The opening keynote on the second day was from Steve Hills, President of Washington Post, who spoke about the state of Washington Post since its acquisition in October 2013 by founder Jeff Bezos. They aim to build technology rather than buy it, and focus on open source where possible. .

Becoming a 21st Century Digital Tinkerer

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

We’ve always thought about Homo Faber, or “ man as maker ,” as maker of things like goods or content, but the game has just changed. It used to be that context was stable and we would create content within it. The Open Source Movement. In the open source movement, social capital matters. I like to tell people that the key to being and/or sounding smart is to hang out with smart people.

[2b2k] Peer reviewing the Net

David Weinberger

will be a distributed, open-source platform for the collaborative evaluation of information. It will work as an overlay on top of any stable content, including news, blogs, scientific articles, books, terms of service, ballot initiatives, legislation and regulations, software code and more-without requiring participation of the underlying site. From

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Soapbox for the Day: Academic Journals like Field Methods, that dont support things like access to their content

Mark Oehlert

eLearning Guilds Summer Seminar Series | Main | Off Topic: Lets look at this at this as a chance to learn about oil » June 19, 2008 Soapbox for the Day: Academic Journals like Field Methods, that dont support things like access to their content Honest to goodness, someone please respond to me so we can have an open conversation about this. Have you researched Open Access Journals and found that model to be wanting?

Learning as Artifact Creation

George Siemens

Group work and class presentations brought others into the relationship, but the message was still clear: the instructor and the content were central, all else was held in their orbit. Content creation was still largely the domain of experts or people in positions of control. The gates were opened and everyone was a content creator and everything was subject to user creation. We have many theories of content and content interaction (including transactional distance).

Martin Dougiamas, e_learning Africa

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I'm just going to focus on open ed-tech. Our mission at Moodle is to improve the world, and we're doing this by making an open source platform. Education, openness, integrity, respect and innovation are these values. But I don't want to talk about Moodle, I want to talk about open technology, because it works. Open EdTech. Open is often contrasted with proprietary. What, then, is open edtech? We need quality open software.

This kids, is why hallucinogenics and the internet don’t mix

George Siemens

I had to do a quick double take on this article (first, to determine if it was April 1, anywhere in the world): Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source. I’m not surprised that Blackboard is interested in openness. At the EDUCAUSE conference in October, they were clear that they wanted to partner with the open educational resources movement. At that point, Pearson had announced open class (look Ma, free LMS!). How do you respond to Open Class?

Google’s Video Format War

Adaptive Path

The Chromium team at Google announced yesterday that it will be dropping support for the popular H.264 video codec in it’s desktop web browser Chrome in favor of an open-source codec it’s developing called WebM. Chromium Product Manager, Mike Jazayeri: Though H.264 plays an important role in video, as our goal is to enable open innovation, support for the codec will be removed and our resources directed towards completely open codec technologies.

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Whitehouse goes Drupal

David Weinberger

After months of planning, says an Obama Administration source, the White House has ditched the proprietary content management system that had been in place since the days of the Bush Administration in favor of the latest version of the open-source Drupal software , as the AP alluded to in its reporting several minutes ago. And I heard about this from my friend Britt Blaser, whose Open Resource Group citizen-to-government software runs on Drupal.

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The top 10 reasons your mobile learning strategy will fail | Dawn.


That is, recognizing that mobile content delivery should be fully controlled by the learner. In other words, what content the learner wants; where and when they want it; and how they want it delivered – with no constraints. While it took the iPad to make learner-controlled content a reality, this level of flexibility is now the gold standard for delivery to any device, be it tablets, smart phones or any number of performance support devices.

The new together

Doc Searls

fast food, empty calorie content driving blood pressure but little thinking?—?then I found that through a Radio Open Source email pointing to the show’s latest podcast, The New Normal. I want to point to three great posts. First is Larry Lessig ‘s Podcasting and the Slow Democracy Movement. A pull quote: The architecture of the podcast is the precise antidote for the flaws of the present. It is deep where now is shallow.

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Corporate Training

Tony Karrer

Posts on topics related to Corporate Training: April Big Question - Content Vendor Value Hot Topics in Training - A Crude (but mildly interesting) Analysis Open Source Business Model for Corporate Training Will Blogs, Wikis, RSS, Mashups be Used in Corporate Training ?

Online Newspaper Software

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Drupal & Hosted Drupal Newspapers Running on Drupal This is a demo site showcasing newspapers running on Drupal, a popular open source content management system. There are four newspaper-specific Drupal module packages: * NodeStream - publish content in newspaper style * OpenPublish - OpenPublish is an online news platform that emphasizes visitor engagement and ease of content creation. Content organized into 'channels'.