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 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.

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. In 2009, the foundation began by harvesting almost a thousand proposals for future directions from community members through online crowd-sourcing.

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.

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: Open Source Webtop Platform

Mark Oehlert

An OpenLaszlo application can be asshort as a single source file, or factored into multiple files thatdefine reusable classes and libraries."

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "Using Open Source Social Software as Digital Library Interface" (D-Lib Magazine)

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Top Ten AntiSpyware Apps from CNET | Main | Semi-Daily Quote/Lyric/Words of Others » March 26, 2008 "Using Open Source Social Software as Digital Library Interface" (D-Lib Magazine) ( LINK ) "This article investigates the use of social software applications indigital library environments.

My Moodle Test

Xyleme

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.”

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 fbi.gov through Akamai, so there’s no way to access the FBI servers through the site.

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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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 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

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.

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): Prism for Firefox: Run Web Sites/Apps w/out a whole big browser getting in the way.

Mark Oehlert

This is advantageous for usersbecause it allows them to run those sites in a separate process fromtheir regular Firefox browser and interact with the content without anyunnecessary distractions.

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 #2.in which even amnesiacs can remember games.students get connected and wikis get adopted.

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 files.is 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

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. They aim to build technology rather than buy it, and focus on open source where possible. .

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? e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Hey Designers! How some arrogance with that humility?!

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.

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. e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Kindle.The Universal Textbook?

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.

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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).

[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 kuro5hin.org and slashdot.org” (as it said in the original annoucement). Open Source.

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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 ?

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?

[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 hypothes.is: Hypothes.is

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owning your data

Harold Jarche

WordPress is open source (OS). Open source software is released under a variety of licenses such as the GPL. With open source, the rub is that the community has to stay involved to make the software better. I first create content in the form of a post.

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The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: opportunities and challenges for the L&D profession

Charles Jennings

It also means reducing spend by using open source technology, exploiting tools that are already being used in other parts of the organisation, and looking for new, faster and better ways to deliver value. CONTENT CAPABILITIES In some cases content will be created by the L&D team.

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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?

From “learning technologies” to “social technologies”

Jane Hart

Whereas many individuals are happy to use their own social tools to power their own and their team’ activities, most organisations generally prefer them to use some sort of internal enterprise platform to keep the conversations and content private and secure. Content co-creation tools.

GDPR will pop the adtech bubble

Doc Searls

Adtech incentivizes publications to prioritize “content generation” over journalism. According to a source, one research study on this type of opt-out mechanism led to opt-out rates of more than 70%.

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.

Moodle Course Conversion

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Moodle is an open source course management system with a wide following. The Open University in the UK uses it to support 200,000 distance learners. My friends at CV&A in Spain have implemented Moodle to support informal learning in numerous corporations.

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An opportunity for the AP

Doc Searls

You can read about it in “ Associated Press to build news registry to protect content “, a press release that manages to half-conceal some constructive open source possibilities within a pile of prose that seems mostly to be about locking down content and tracking down violators of AP usage policies. It helps to recognize that the Associated Press is exactly what its name denotes: an association of presses. Specifically, newspapers. Fifteen hundred of them.

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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.

Xyleme

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. Keep mLearning content development tactical.

From learning to working technologies

Harold Jarche

Some are considering open source (OS) as an option to their costly systems. As an organization, are you waiting for Workscapes to cross the chasm or are you content to use technologies that have jumped the shark ?