Topics on open source for college classes

I’ve been asked several times for some ideas about topics on open source that would be suitable for one or more classes at universities. While I know there are curricula out there, here are some specific discussion areas that could be covered in computer science or business classes: Open source…

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Looking for course plans about free and open source

I’m looking for some publicly available course plans that concern free and open source. I don’t mean freely available course content for something like organic chemistry, I mean general, economics, computer science, business or law school curricula that teach how to develop software, build communities, analyze, or build businesses with…

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Challenging the knee-jerk use of .doc in education

I was pointed to this from SolidOffice. The article is “Critical Thinking About Word and .doc” in Kairosnews: A Weblog for Discussing Rhetoric, Technology and Pedagogy. It is must reading, in my opinion, if you just keep using .doc in education because you think everyone else does, and that’s just…

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Blackboard sort of does a patent pledge

Today Blackboard, a company in the education and course management area, announced a patent pledge: Specifically, the Pledge commits Blackboard not to assert U.S. Patent No. 6,988,138 and many other pending patent applications against the development, use or distribution of open source software or home-grown course management systems anywhere in…

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Student paper management via online writing and grading

My daughter Katie uses OpenOffice for her high school papers and saves her papers in ODF. She is one cool kid, if you ask me. I did not force this choice upon her. In August when I spoke at the United Nations, I was fortunate enough to get permission to…

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Teach your children about open. Even better, show them.

I’ve been in Raleigh the last two days participating in the K-12 Open Technologies Summit at the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University. It was quite intense but this wasn’t a group singalong where everybody was singing the same song. Sure, almost all…

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K-12 Open Technologies Summit

This week I’m going to have the pleasure of participating in the K-12 Open Technologies Summit at the William & Ida Friday Institute for Educational Innovation at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC,. According to the agenda, I’m taking part in a panel on Wednesday Thursday morning on open…

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Neumont University faculty job offering

Neumont University is looking for a new computer science faculty member. Why mention it here? We help sponsor them, plus they are “especially interested in candidates whose experience and interests are in the areas of ‘Open Information Technologies’, including Services Oriented Architecture, Open Source, Web Services, Java, IBM Rational and…

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BREAKING NEWS:
New IBM healthcare and education initiative driven by open standards

Today IBM is announcing a major initiative out of our healthcare and education practices that focuses on using open standards to drive growth, interoperability, and innovation. I’m going to spend a lot of time over the next days and weeks deconstructing what we are doing and why. Today I’m going…

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