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College professors are ready to reinvent the textbook. The new price: $0
When we think of solving complex problems, we normally turn to engineers to help us figure out solutions. And higher education right now is facing some tough issues: rising costs; low completion rates; and delivery systems, curricula, and teaching methods that show their age.
So what if engineers tackled those problems using their reasoning skills and tested various solutions through simulations? Perhaps then we will truly design a university of the future.
That’s the basic idea behind Georgia Tech’s new Center for 21st Century Universities. The center is officially described as a “living laboratory for fundamental change in higher education.”
[Source: Huffington Post]
Learning today happens everywhere, not just in the classroom. But it’s often difficult to get recognition for skills and achievements that happen outside of school. Mozilla’s Open Badges project is working to solve that problem, making it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web — through a shared infrastructure that’s free and open to all. The result: helping learners everywhere display 21st century skills, unlock career and educational opportunities, and level up in their life and work
via Badges – MozillaWiki.
The chumby is a compact wi-fi device that displays useful and entertaining information from the web. It can also be used as an Internet radio player, digital picture frame and alarm clock. A virtual chumby lives on your computer and can be embedded into web pages, blogs, and the like. Also works on Android devices.
With textbook costs high, a new option is emerging: open-source textbooks that can be read for free online or printed at relatively low cost.
[Source: Sacramento Bee]
Top 50 Open Access & Open Source Education Projects
For years, the main battleground in higher education between commercial technology and free, open-source alternatives has been the learning-management system market, where the open-source platforms Moodle and Sakai have been modestly chipping away at Blackboard, the commercial juggernaut.
Now, a new project from the online educational technology collective OpenCast, called Matterhorn 1.0, could open up a new front in the battle between open-source and proprietary — on a landscape that still has plenty of unclaimed territory: the lecture capture market.