week seven: open source and open courseware

This post is about open source and open course-ware.

Questions discussed in class

– evaluating online resources

– wrap(repackage) classes

– wikipedia education

What do universities do then? How do they make money?

– my thoughts: knowledge is open and free but education is not (requires a lot of resources and provides services – especially individualized services of education. Also we do research!)

– need to rethink what we should teach in college

Open resources

– use of it; evaluate the sites

– do people really learn?

The sites I would like to share …

picture-21. http://www.airtightinteractive.com/projects/related_tag_browser/app/
2. http://www.earthalbum.com/
3. http://www.google.com/educators/skyideas.html

4. opencourseware http://ocw.jhsph.edu/

#1 ~ # 3 are kind of a grass-root movement for me 🙂 There are many interesting small web applications or mash-ups on the web. Some of them can be really good teaching resources such as google earth, and tags/ search feature of flickr. And educators form communities to share their ideas or lesson plans online!

#4 is a open courseware website, where the university share knowledge with the public. They feel it’s their obligation to share the knowledge regarding public health to anyone in the world regardless of paying tuition or not.


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