Where are open source learning applications?

Tony Karrer

Good post by Harold Jarche - Where are open source learning applications? In it he points to the learning space and says that the current status of open-source learning applications is: Innovators - Elgg Learning Landscape and several others Early Adopters - Moodle and a few others Early Majority - nobody Late Majority - forget about it I would tend to agree with him that there are relatively few open-source learning applications, but would add a few thoughts.

My Moodle Test


Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. 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? Does your company use an open source ERP system, or perhaps SAP or Oracle?


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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Ever Wonder How Much a Meeting Costs?

Mark Oehlert

e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « The Definitive iPhone eCard | Main | Day 2: Welcome to Day 2 of Marks "Clear the Tabs" Blog-a-thon" » July 14, 2008 Ever Wonder How Much a Meeting Costs? Weve all sat in meetings thinking "Geez, this little confab is costing the organization plenty" well now we can quantify that amount in an onscreen ticker.

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Learning: an anthro-complexity perspective

Dave Snowden

Business Process Re-engineering (BPR) had a very strong focus on efficiency but after a promising start seemed to end up with a focus on cost reduction with staff layoffs being its greatest characteristic. Which if changed, would open up more desirable future pathways.

The Coming Era of Productivity Growth

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

How do you measure the value of the explosive amounts of free goods available over the Internet, including Wikipedia articles, Facebook social interactions, Linux open source software and You Tube videos?

Upcoming Webinars

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

In this first session, OBS (Open Broadcaster Software) is free and open source software for video recording and live streaming. In this session NRC e-learning expert Stephen Downes will help you get stared recording and streaming your own live video. Session two: Audacity , free and open source audio recording. Downes will discuss commercial mailing list services such as MailChimp and consider less costly alternatives.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Video Killed the Radio Star but What About the Instructional Designer?

Mark Oehlert

Main | Alternative and Activist Search Engines » June 21, 2007 Video Killed the Radio Star but What About the Instructional Designer? There is Video Jug , 5min Life Videopoedia , and Sclipo - just to name the ones open in my browser at present. thats how you tie a Windsor knot - but my initial impression is that while all are good, Video Jug and Sclipo have caught my eye quickest. Notes and chat aretagged and time-stamped into the video.

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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. This is what I imagine the experience would be like if one dropped hallucinogenics and browsed the web – a feeling of incredulity and weird confusion that can only come from time and reality being featured in a will it blend video. I’m not surprised that Blackboard is interested in openness.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): 4th Annual Innovations in e-Learning Symposium (June 3,4,5)

Mark Oehlert

Clarke » March 18, 2008 4th Annual Innovations in e-Learning Symposium (June 3,4,5) (seriously, Sid Meier is a keynoter and it only cost $250 for the whole conference!) e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Look! A teacher using stories to teach! Main | Two Huge Losses: Gary Gygax and Arthur C.

Global distributed organizations can attract the most talented in the world

Trends in the Living Networks

Forbes has a nice story about the history of WordPress and the role the open-source software plays in the for-profit business Automattic. As a legacy of its open-source roots its 120 employees are spread across 26 countries and six continents. All of the money we save on office space, we blow on travel costs,” Mullenweg laughs.

Cloud Computing and Open Architectures

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Earlier this month IBM announced that all its cloud services and software will be based on open standards and an open cloud architecture. Standards and open source software are necessary to help cloud computing achieve the kind of market success enjoyed by the Web, e-mail and other widely used Internet-based services. Unlike the previous two models, cloud computing is totally centered around the Internet and related open architectures.

The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The first major promise of blockchain technologies is to help us enhance the security of Internet transactions and data, by developing a blockchain fabric layer with the required standard services for secure communication, storage and data access, along with open source software implementations of these standard services which all blockchain pl a tforms and applications would support. Key here is the all-important role of open standards.

The Promise and Current State of Blockchain

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

The first major promise of blockchain technologies is to help us enhance the security of Internet transactions and data, by developing a blockchain fabric layer with the required standard services for secure communication, storage and data access, along with open source software implementations of these standard services which all blockchain pl a tforms and applications would support. Key here is the all-important role of open standards.

[berkman] Karim Lakhani on disclosure policies and innovation

David Weinberger

Karim Lakhani of Harvard Business School (and a Berkman associate, and a member of the Harvard Institute for Quantititative Social Science ) is giving a talk called “How disclosure policies impact search in open innovation, atopic he has researched with Kevin Boudreau of the London Business School. E.g., open source software. Costs and benefits? E.g., Open Science tends to publish when near done, while Open Source tends to be more iterative.

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


Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. The reasons why have been the subject of countless blog posts, but I think DreamWorks founder Jeffrey Katzenberg, in this video from TechCrunch , says it best: “[The iPad] it’s the first device that actually is a reflection of me – or us. Not being able to cost-effectively leverage this existing content for mobile will have a devastating impact on content development costs.

What corporates can learn from the Top 10 Tools for Learning 2012

Jane Hart

People love the ability to find short videos to inspire them, help them understand ideas or to acquire new (or remind themselves of old) skills, e.g. how to carry out software tasks. Many are also very willing to share their own videos with others too. A number of organizations have already explored the use of video sharing to support team working, by encouraging team members to create and share videos of company tasks and activities.

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Evaluation of CL/4291 “Draft text of the Recommendation concerning Open Educational Resources”, UNESCO

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

This is the analysis of the UNESCO OER resolution I provided to the Canadian Commission for UNESCO prior to the discussion and vote on the resolution concerning Open Educational Resources It is now a matter of historical record that the resolution did pass.

How to Get the Greatest ROI from eLearning


The first step in measuring eLearning’s ROI is determining what the initial investment will cost. The price of an LMS is a huge consideration in determining the overall cost of the initial investment into eLearning.In addition to an LMS or eLearning system, organizations may incur costs associated with replacing old technology with new (for example, replacing outdated computers, devices, and networking systems). These costs include overhead costs and the cost of equipment.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): "MIT Researchers Advance Lecture Capture with Search Capabilities" (Campus Technology)

Mark Oehlert

How do these sound for capabilities: running video and audio of the lecture and a transcript of the lecture which scrolls with the lecture and underlines words in the lecture as theyre spoken. I really love seeing developments like this and products like echo 360 , which are leveraging the sunk cost both financial and intellectual that are located within resident lectures.

Beyond GDP - Measuring Value in a Service-oriented, Information-based, Digital Economy

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

Over the past decade, a new set of concerns have arisen with the evolution of the Internet-based digital economy. How do you measure the value of the explosive amount of free information goods available over the Internet, including Wikipedia articles, Google maps, Linux open source software and You Tube videos? “We The first is that the marginal cost of delivering them over the Internet is pretty close to zero.

Delicious will be shut down. What to do and 6 major alternatives for social bookmarking.

Trends in the Living Networks

to make Delicious open source or otherwise try to keep it alive rather than close it down. Zootool has got significant traction as a service to bookmark images, videos, documents and links, particularly intended for creative people. It offers limited functionality on free plans, with cheapest version costing $20 per year. TechCrunch has reported (and close-as-dammit confirmed) that Yahoo! will close down Delicious. If so, it's close to a tragedy.

Introduction to Social Networking

Harold Jarche

Now open to anyone, you will still find that Facebook is the preferred network for Millenials who see the encroachment of Boomers and, to a lesser extent, Gen X into the network as cause for some alarm. Open source gives you something extra though, and that is the ability to take the whole application, source code and all, and move it or even modify it. For instance, this website is on WordPress , an open source blogging platform.

Saving the Internet—and all the commons it makes possible

Doc Searls

Here is the video. As a source of abundance, the Internet’s closest equal is the periodic table. You can consume all the video you want, and think you’re getting great service. For example, take Kahn Academy , which started with one guy tutoring his cousin though online videos.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Video galore. Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. The availability of cost-effective resources to facilitate wide collaboration (including open source software that enables wikis, discussion groups, chat and even web conferencing) presents the chance for organizations to reconsider the effectiveness of the performance support being offered to their people.

Connective Knowledge and Open Resources

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The practical implementation of connectivism is the massive open online course, or MOOC. The CCK08 course and all the other courses we have developed since have been based on open educational resources (OERs). They may be papers, lessons, diagrams and images, videos, or anything else. From your web & blog, we found you were a passionate advocate of OER, can you share with us your first experience about open online educational resource?

My 25 Years of Ed Tech

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

1994 – Bulletin Board Systems Also: Video, Mainframe conferencing, Telephone, Compugraphics, MUD Weller's list actually starts a little late for me. In addition to the usual hands-on instructor-led learning, I discovered the training room, which was stocked with training videos.

Annotated Tab Pile

Doc Searls

Talk Video | TED.com. It pays the artist s**t, and it costs the streamers more dearly than ever. Good hack, and open source. Susan Etlinger: What do we do with all this big data? Good talk. What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set? – NYTimes.com. At one level, yeah. But age also kills 100% of its victims. Believe me: I’ve been studying this for many decades.

A grain of sand: Innovation diffusion

Dave Snowden

That means creating space where the cost of experimentation is acceptable. So links and materials relating to both poadcast and workshop are as follows: Link : Detailed discussion of SenseMaker® (the micro-narrative software which is not open source. Link : Videos that elaborate on the analysis side of SenseMaker® (these are real cases). Link : Various videos of the Children's Party story, an overview of Cynefin and two presentations on innovation.

Times Book Review on Air

Steven Berlin Johnson

he brought brain chemistry and other disciplines to bear on pop culture, and argued, among other things, that video games make you smarter, not dumber. I also really liked the emphasis on the open information networks theme of the book, which comes at the end of his review: One reason Johnson seems to have been drawn to Priestley is because of his style; Priestley was irrepressibly open, sharing his data and observations with whoever was willing to listen.

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Making Software, Making Money

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

And not so far as when he says that open source does not work. I hate to be the one to state the obvious, but: the fact that open source didn't work for Dave Tosh doesn't mean that open source doesn't work. He writes, Having worked on a true open source project for more than three years I am now more convinced than ever that the open source model does not work. LiveJournal, which has been around for ages (and open source, too).

Napster, Udacity, and the Academy

Clay Shirky

Higher education is now being disrupted; our MP3 is the massive open online course (or MOOC), and our Napster is Udacity, the education startup. A massive open online class is usually a series of video lectures with associated written materials and self-scoring tests, open to anyone. Higher education has a bad case of cost disease (sometimes called Baumol’s cost disease, after one of its theorizers.) Open systems are open.

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Beyond Free ? Open Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

I want to talk to you about the concept of free, the concept of open learning, the concept of networked learning in a networked world and the concept of the institution. You may in certain sense think of this talk, together with the other talks, as a rebuttal to the way institutions are approaching Massive Open Online Courses and open learning generally today. That might be a solution to the problem, one solution, but the problem is cost and access. The Future is Open.


Doc Searls

Most notoriously, these include music and videos, which can be uploaded and downloaded with little friction, even if doing so is illegal. You might say that the old container approach crashed, and most attempts since then on the industry side have consisted of creating new containers or raising costs to customers of violating the old ones — mostly by taking what the industry calls “pirates&# to court. Or, if you’re an open source developer, help us out.

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Education and Services Innovation

Irving Wladawsky-Berger

One of the more interesting projects sponsored my LINC is Blossoms - Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies. Blossoms aims to develop a large free repository of video modules created by gifted volunteers from around the world to assist school teachers with math and science courses. Dick calls the Blossoms pedagogical model “a Teaching Duet, with the in-class teacher and the video teacher being co-teachers to the class.”

Education Technology Strategies - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Research - 2012-2014 - already indicators - web-based email increasing vs in-house email (38% - 56%) - cloud-based productivity software increasing 27-46% SWOT (Helpful / Harmful, Internal / External) S - removed fixed cost of laptops and servicing, gave parents a choice to purchase better device W - how to help teachers deal with these disruptive devices (eg.

Conversation with Harold Jarche: Sense-making in a networked world and personal knowledge mastery

Trends in the Living Networks

Harold: Having had the advantage of starting this early is that it was small and there really was this openness, transparency, democratic sharing, open source everybody thinks of. So a network is this very loose, open thing.

MOOC Provider Panel: Coursera, Academic Partnerships, Instructure, edX

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The conversation now is wide open. Not only will we see an improvement in teaching and learning, but also a reduction in cost. Rebecca: from the EdX space, people have been remarkably open and flexible. There are different cultures – MIT has a very open culture, but as we work across partnerships, there are different cultures, different levels of openness. Relly: in an idea world we make everything open source. Summary of a panel with Maria H.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

I somewhat wonder how much of that is true barriers as opposed to perceived barriers, and a recent HBR item talked about Hacking Work : When a 12-year-old can gather information faster, process it more efficiently, reference more diverse professionals, and get volunteer guidance from better sources than you can at work, how can you pretend to be competitive? Add to this VOIP/Skype, 3G and what’s happening with video on demand. And capture is moving towards video and audio.

Sustainability and MOOCs in Historical Perspective

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We're going to talk about the factors that led to the development of the Massive Open Online Course and Connectivism and the new phenomena in learning today. But, a few preliminaries before I start the talk, because it's all about open education. :) This presentation is available now at that website. And I know that they are recording video back there but I always like to do things myself as well. There were also open content repositories developed around this time.

OERs - Moving On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

We need to think of the structure of open educational resources as evolving to something beyone the current 'virtual textbook' or even the 'virtual learning package' model now being employed. First of all, mobile phones have significant bandwidth limitations, and even phones with good 3G access will have difficulty playing videos or downloading larger content. Some commentary to the UNESCO OER discussion list ( unesco-oer-access ).

[2b2k][eim]Digital curation

David Weinberger

This is not a regulatory group; everything will be open source, and progress will be through rough consensus. Michael Stebbins, Assistant Director for Biotechnology in the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the White House, talked about the Administration’s enthusiasm for Big Data and open access. It says that there’s no digital solution that meets film’s requirement to be archived for 100 years at a low cost.

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Workshop on Mass Collaboration - Day One

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Recent mass phenomena: Wikipedia, tagging, blogging, Scratch, massive open online courses and connectivism, citizen science, maker-space Who is creating these? But we need frames of reference on MOOCs: many of them are looked at by econonomic (scale, productivity, cost) and technology perspectives. So - what are the open issues. - Introduction to the Workshop - Ulrike Cress Why a workshop in mass collaboration?

Social (hiccup) CRM tools

Martijn Linssen

It cost me over a full day of research, downloading and trying software, viewing demos, chatting to people, asking around. Heres a screenshot The demos at Jive are sexy, impressive and video you can just read without sound (love that) - although theres no control about. But some of that communication that I do is public and can be reached at low cost. Business or Pleasure? -

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