Organizations


The following are links to selected organizations focused on 'open' education & training technologies and solutions:
  • Academic Earth - Founded with the goal of giving everyone on earth access to a world-class education.
  • Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education - An international, not-for-profit, educational organization with the mission of advancing Information Technology in Education and E-Learning
  • Classroom 2.0 - A social networking organization and web site focused on the growing community of educators interested in learning how to better use collaborative information technologies and solutions.
  • CodeAcademy - Providing free online courses to millions around the world on how to write computer code.
  • Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources - Over 200 community colleges partnering to develop and use open educational resources, especially open textbooks for college courses.
  • Consortium for School Networking - Empowering K-12 school districts and their technology leaders to use new education technologies and tools strategically to improve teaching and learning.
  • Connexions - A virtual environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web.
  • Creative Commons - Helping people to share knowledge, research, and educational materials with others around the world. Videos
  • Coursera - Offering offer high quality courses from the top universities, for free to everyone across the globe. 
  • Electronic Information For Libraries (EIFL) - A global network of national library consortia advocating open access to knowledge for education & research purposes.
  • Free Software Foundation (FSF) - Providing links to a range of open source education software applications and projects.
  • Genspace - A non-profit community based education & research organization providing a collaborative, open source approach to developing new ideas in biotech.
  • Humanitarian FOSS (HFOSS) - Providing support to instructors who are involving students in Humanitarian Free & Open Source Software projects.
  • Khan Academy -  A non-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education to anyone anywhere.
  • Kuali Foundation  - A community of universities, colleges, businesses, and other organizations that have partnered to build and sustain open-source administrative software for higher education, by higher education.
  • Linux Professional Institute - Advocating, training, & certifying individuals in the professional use of Linux and Free/Open Source Software (FOSS).
  • MERLOT - A free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world.
  • Moodle Community - Working to give educators the best tools to manage and promote learning.
  • One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) - Providing low cost hardware, content and software for collaborative, joyful, and self-empowered learning.
  • Open Educational Resources (OER) Commons - Providing access to a wide range of teaching and learning materials that may be freely used and shared - for elementary schools, high schools, and universities.
  • Open Learning Exchange (OLE) - Developing a world-wide network of public-private grassroots organizations committed to providing universal basic education in nations where the need exists.
  • Open Source Education Foundation - Seeking to enhance k-12 education through the use of technologies and concepts derived from the Free and Open Source Software movement.
  • Open Education Consortium - A worldwide community of higher education institutions and associated organizations committed to advancing open education.
  • Open Education Europa - European Union (EU) portal to open education resources (OER).
  • Sakai Foundation  - A non-profit corporation engaged in the collaborative design, development and distribution of open-source software for education, research and related scholarly activities.
  • Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) - Supporting new communication models that expand the dissemination of scholarly research and reduce financial pressures on libraries.
  • Second Life Education Community Portal - A collaborative community of educators building and sharing cutting edge virtual reality learning environments, tools, and programs of the future.
  • Teaching Open Source - This organization serves as a neutral collaboration point for everyone involved in teaching about 'open source'.
    * Check out Unicon, just one of the growing number of companies offering  'open source' solutions for Educational institutions. Also, check out the collaborative edX organization & course building platform.

    YouTube Kuali Foundation Video



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    Open Source in Education

    Many academic institutions have opted for open source education and/or learning management systems. Advantages that have tipped the balance toward open source include the following:

    • The absence of a license fee. Most universities annually pay large sums to software companies to use their products, but open source licenses are free.
    • Flexibility. Open source products are customizable and can involve third parties. New features and tools can be imported from the open source community.
    • Service continuity. The huge collaborative network of the open source community minimizes, although it does not eliminate, the risk of discontinued service. Volunteer help is available through open source support systems such as forums.
    • Continuous improvement. Extensive collaboration ensures that software products keep improving. Programmers from different institutions and organizations, along with volunteers, contribute freely to projects.

    Open Source Software in Education – EduCause Quarterly 2008





    Open Source in Education

    The educational community has discovered open source tools in a big way. Analysts predict that schools will spend up to $489.9 million on support and services for open source software by 2012, and that only includes charges related to operating systems and learning management systems. Teachers, professors and home schoolers are using open source applications as part of their educational curriculum for a wide variety of subjects.   -   See Datamation, June 2010

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