Teaching and Learning. Open and Free. By Savitri Wilder. Introduction. Name: Savitri Wilder Job Title: Instructional Technologist II 207B Dockery 660-543-8687 [email protected] Today’s Journey Will Cover. Background Pros and cons Open Source Web 2.0 Open Courseware
Open and Free
By Savitri Wilder
Pros and cons
Usage in the Classroom
OS source codes are freely assessable and modifiable.
Anybody can use it
Full definition can be found at opensource.org
You can modify the software to your specific needs – there’s a lot of control and eventually satisfaction
Can increase the quality of the software
You are not in the mercy of the vendor (no forced updates or license renewal purchase)
Global collaboration with skilled developers
Cost saving – the application is free!
Although the software itself is free, with not having the right person to administer and support it, you might not see the cost benefit.
Can lack software support and/or resources (documentations, communities, etc.)
Lack of time to really learn the software
May lack the manpower to support the software
OpenOffice – equivalent to Microsoft Office
GIMP - photo editing software
NVU - web editing application
Gallery2 - online photo gallery
Firefox - web browser
WordPress - blog application
Portable Apps - neat software to run many OS apps through a USB drive
Edubuntu - Linux geared towards education
What is Web 2.0?
My definition: collaboration, incorporating multiple Internet technology, easy transfer from desktop to the web and vice versa.
Web 2.0 is the network as platform, spanning all connected devices; Web 2.0 applications are those that make the most of the intrinsic advantages of that platform: delivering software as a continually-updated service that gets better the more people use it, consuming and remixing data from multiple sources, including individual users, while providing their own data and services in a form that allows remixing by others, creating network effects through an "architecture of participation," and going beyond the page metaphor of Web 1.0 to deliver rich user experiences.
Or through Blackboard Faculty Fellows Course
Open Source: http://www.opensource.org
Open Options: http://www.netc.org/openoptions/background/index.html