Open Source LMS

Tony Karrer

Because of their very limited budget, I suggested they dive into more depth looking at open source LMS products. To help get that started, I looked at eLearning Learning and found some pretty good sources around LMS / Open Source and Learning Management System / Open Source.

Twitter research tool

David Weinberger

It’s the final product of the various provisional tools we’ve used to produce our previous reports on the social phenomena of Twitter , and of lead researcher Devin Gaffney’s own work on high throughput humanities.&#. The ability to download those data pulls in raw form to use for whatever you please. It’s free to use and open source. The Web Ecology Project has released 140Kit , a research tool for tracing tweet paths.

[berkman] Dries Buytaert: Drupal and sustaining collaborative efforts

David Weinberger

Drupal is an open source content manager, Dries says. Drupal has 10,000+ modules, 300,000 downloads a month, 1.5M Today he’s going to talk about: history, open source, community, the evolution of software, and how to grow and sustain it. Then Open Source Labs in Portland OR offered to house the servers. But, Dries says, this shows a weakness in open source: you suddenly have to raise $3,000 and may not be able to do so.

Drupal 146

The top tweets from Future of Crowdsourcing Summit 2010 #foc10

Ross Dawson

It's now two weeks since Future of Crowdsourcing Summit 2010 , and I am only just now able to download some of what happened at the event. stilgherrian: Nicholas Gruen is pointing out that at the heart of successful crowd projects, e.g. open source software, there are elites. jdub: Every time you use the phrase "crowd sourcing", an individual, enfranchised co-creator dies. :-) #foc10. Things have been crazy for me for a little while now.

My new Pebble e-watch reviewed

David Weinberger

Pebble has done an outstanding job of blogging about the process by which it has gone from concept to shipping product, and I’ve generally liked the choices they’ve made. Plus I very much like the idea of being able to download watch faces that are open source and designed by, well, anyone. Also, I began by downloading a set of fake analog faces, and I like them ok, but I’ve started using a default face that spells out the time in words.

Review 116

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Small Basket of MindMapping Items

Mark Oehlert

I think that Mind Manager is a terrific product but since I really started using about 3 different computers on a regular basis with at least one of them being very locked down, Ive also been using MINDOMO and have been very impressed.

Open Word—The Podcasting Story

Doc Searls

” Instead, like the Web, email and other graces of open protocols on the open Internet, podcasting is NEA: Nobody owns it, Everybody can use it and Anybody can improve it. Dave was half the guests on Friday evening’s opening panel. Also dumb: a new UI element—a little set of vertical bars indicating audio activity—that seems to mean both live playing and downloading. On the production side there are also dozens of tools and services.

The revolution brewing in the world of work: Q&A with Rod Collins

Steve Denning

For the last 150 years, the work of large organizations has been about mass production and making centralization effective. This is the remarkable power behind open source platforms.

Wiki 163

Thoughts on privacy

Doc Searls

White opens with this sentence: “On any person who desires such queer prizes, New York will bestow the gift of loneliness and the gift of privacy.” Or we buy our music and e-books from Amazon, which keeps records of what we own and allows downloading to a Kindle, computer, or phone. There is already an open source code base and a language for “ personal clouds ” and “pclouds” for everything you can name in the Internet of Things.

ePublishing business models

David Weinberger

The opening session is on business models for supporting the webification of the educational system. While there are many wonderful things about crowd-sourcing, he says, “I’m in favor of expertise. E.g., that humans are responsible for climate change is not in doubt, should not be presented as if it were in doubt, and should not be crowd-sourced, he says. Since 2005, 65% are free for download in PDF. They will continue selling products.

eBook 154

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. Improved product, better advertising, great WOM How can you please the Social Customer? Business or Pleasure? -

Tools 204

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. Success metrics for learning will be based on content access, views, involvement and downloads.

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. And fourth, the production of large and static learning materials is at odds with an information environment favouring smaller and much more dynamic units of learning. Some commentary to the UNESCO OER discussion list ( unesco-oer-access ).

David Weinberger - Untitled Article

David Weinberger

So, Echo Nest is working on open content API’s. If the artist is comfortable with more open models, Echo Nest makes the content available to developers. On the cultural analysis side, it’s highly customized, uses some open source (SOLR, Lucene), web crawlers. Open API is for noncomercial use. One company is using our music data as a way to figure out how to target consumers for non-music products.

Mass Collaboration Workshop, Day Three

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

These are tools that download and organize Wikipedia datasets. These have technical equivalents ranging from linear MOOCs to big data to brainstorming through to discussion forums, open source and discussion and e-voting. Overall, there was a low level of interaction between the tables - sometimes highlights were presented (by the opinion leaders) and participants had no input in the production of the final report.

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. The slides are already posted on the website so you can download them at any time. There were also open content repositories developed around this time. Openness.

Open Learning, Open Networks

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Open online learning entered the mainstream with the growth and popularity of MOOCs, but while interest in open online courses has never been greater MOOCs represent only the first step in a broader open learning infrastructure. Preliminaries: Openness Downtown Syracuse.

Notes from Information Technology Based Higher Education and Training ITHET 2013, Antalya

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Data Dashboard - download for android tablet or iOS - build their own applications, eg. high cost; or campus access in central lab - open couyrses, MOOCs, highly distributed hardware - LabVIEW crosses these two envirnments Centralized lab: eg., matterhorn open source lecture capture - object information is lost Object-based - object remains intact, can be searched, etc - but you need dedicated recording and replay software - eg.

The OER Debate, In Full

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Day One Debate introduction Moderator Wayne Mackintosh The concept of Open Education Resources (OER) is firmly based on the educational value of sharing knowledge. A key issue in the open education arena is whether OER should favour commercial use. DayTwo Pro Opening statement David Wiley The question of this debate, “Should OER favour commercial use?”, On June 8, 1999 I released the Open Publication License. Reusable Media, Social Software and Openness in Education.

How to Get the Most out of a Conference

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The second time at a conference (or at a venue) is always more productive than the first. I took the venue as my starting point; the organizers wanted a talk on openness, and the audience consisted of managers and decision-makers, so I described a policy framework for open learning.

Why I’m Scared of the SOPA Bill by Jim Fruchterman

Beth Kanter

We also have thousands of adults with disabilities that pay a $50 a year subscription to be able to download all the books and newspapers they can read. Most tech companies think this is the most counter-productive job and innovation killing bill they’ve seen in years.

eBook 105

A New Website, Part Two - Choosing Drupal

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

So I am looking at free and open source software. Though that said, even if I had a budget, I would be going down the free and open source route. But because the open source CMSs tend to be better. Opting to go the open source route still left me hundreds of choices. especially since it's still in beta, which means it's not ready for production use?

Drupal 100

Atlantic Workshop on Semantics and Services - Day 2

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Ontology-centric Knowledge Discovery in a Contact Centre for Technica Product Support Brad Shoebottom, Innovatia This paper outlines a technical support product that helps people find answers to questions for customers. Performance metrics: productive vs non-productive time, first call resolution, case closed timeframe, filtration rate, and revenue model. The Semantic Assistant framework can be downloaded from Concordia - it's open source.

Words of Wisdom*

Clark Quinn

Our IT group changed the infrastructure a year ago, to *open source* (I don’t know what they were thinking), but fortunately my vendor says that they’d be happy to help change the installation to work with the new services architecture. So, to get product information, you go to the sales site, er, or is that engineering? It’s available on our portal for downloading.

Beyond Institutions Personal Learning in a Networked World

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

As Peter said this is part 2 of a trilogy of talks, I gave the first one yesterday at University of Greenwich on the topic of "Open learning and open educational resources". As one of the people who invented the massive open online course, I feel a little personally involved here.

[berkman] Doc Searls

David Weinberger

VRM is an open source project (although there are some commercial projects underway also). have downloaded it into their iPhones already. Q: What about customized fabrication, i.e., making products in response to customer desires. Doc Searls is giving a Berkman lunch called “The Intention Economy.&# [ Note: I'm live-blogging, missing points, paraphrasing badly, making spellping errors, etc. He begins by talking about some problems. E.g., "the people vs. Comcast."

RFP 100

The Future of Online Learning: Ten Years On

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

The limit of 28K from ten years ago now appears laughable to most urban internet users, as broadband access allows downloads almost a hundred times faster. Probably the most notable of the specialized computers, the iPod, has become one of the most popular consumer products of all time. Digital cameras have essentially replaced traditional cameras; Polaroid is ceasing production of instant film in 2009.

Last Year's Predictions For 2008, Reviewed

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Predicted: The "middle path"—proprietary lock-in services, like Vista, iTunes, Facebook, and Second Life, will be abandoned for more open commercial alternatives rather than free and open source software and content. Personal networks" will be created by individuals to manage and share their contacts and information sources; people will "peer" into each others' networks or subscribe to filtered versions of each others' network feeds.

Review 122

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): The Kindle: Tom Crawford Executes a Perfect Double Rebuttal with a Twist

Mark Oehlert

I think that book publishers could heavily re-vamp their production and cost models, eliminate costly physical distribution channels and greatly increase the margin on books that would sell substantially below what their paper cousins go for now.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Two Very Different Views of Publishing (heres a hint.I think one is WAY wrong!)

Mark Oehlert

you can download the whole thing for FREE!! What she and her colleagues are doing with the "Games School", a NYC public school targeting grades 6 - 12 and slated to open in 2009, is very impressive.

Doc Searls Weblog · Thoughts on the writers strike

Doc Searls

In the end, backing the strike means willingness to pay for internet content, directly or indirectly, and to pressure those who charge for content, i.e. the owners of networks and other marketing shells, to ensure that a fair share of the life-long earnings of productions goes those who create them.

Ning 130

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

Mark Oehlert

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 million items, one developer (not the top one) is making over 700K per year, one way that they do this is that imvu allows people to create products that others can mod and re-submit so as a developer you can create products that others re-use and then you derive profits from that addtl.

New Technology Supporting Informal Learning

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Downes, 2007) We need to consider learners not only as the subjects of learning, entities to whom we deliver learning content, but also the sources of learning, functioning as the perceptual input for the wider network. Drupal, an open source content management system, enables the creation of individual accounts, the creation of discussion posts and pages and other content, and the sharing of this content online with other community members.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): A Collection of Top Ten Lists / Predictions Posts (feel free to add your own!)

Mark Oehlert

The 10 best downloads of 2007 2007 Edublog Award Winners and of course, Stephen Downes Not the eduBlog Award Winners List The Top Inventions Of 2008 Highlight: "By the end of 2008 the Project Gutenberg Library will be as large -- or larger--than the average United States Public Library." At some point next year, I suppose I’m going to need to drink the Apple Kool-Aid, and hope the increased productivity is worth the sack to my identity as a PC guy."

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. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. Access to the source code is a precondition for this. the content, for any purpose, one in which the source (or encoding) of the content is accessible (ie.,

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Where Do You Begin (Part II)

Mark Oehlert

market forreal-time collaboration-based learning products and services is nowover $2.6 e-Clippings (Learning As Art) Home Archives Subscribe About My Social Networks « Where do you begin when you havent posted in like 2 weeks? Main |.but but first something important.

e-Clippings (Learning As Art): EduPunk? Please tell me this is the start and not the end

Mark Oehlert

Im also opposed to the conflation of ISD with anything that has to dowith learning instead of being honest about what something like ADDIEis - a production model not a design process.

Understanding Me

Stephen Downes: Half an Hour

Mixing Licenses David writes, "When a group of learners who are in no way affiliated with a company or any other for-profit organization are prevented from remixing OERs by the copyleft provisions in the GFDL and the CC-By-SA or the CC-By-NC-SA, how is it that this is only a problem for commercial exploiters of open content?" The Principle of Use Next issue: "And, while I’m asking Stephen to explain things to me, why is it that he seems to think 'open' should really mean 'closed?'