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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

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teaching and learning

Teaching and Learning

Open and Free

By Savitri Wilder


Name: Savitri Wilder

Job Title: Instructional Technologist II

207B Dockery


[email protected]

today s journey will cover
Today’s Journey Will Cover


Pros and cons

Open Source

Web 2.0

Open Courseware

Usage in the Classroom


open source
Open Source

In essence:

OS source codes are freely assessable and modifiable.

Anybody can use it

Full definition can be found at opensource.org

benefits of open source
Benefits of Open Source

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!

disadvantages of open source
Disadvantages of Open Source

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

what s out there
What’s Out There?

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

web 2 0
Web 2.0

Web 2.0

What is Web 2.0?

My definition: collaboration, incorporating multiple Internet technology, easy transfer from desktop to the web and vice versa.

RSS Explained

o reilly s definition
O’Reilly’s Definition

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.

web 2 0 examples
Web 2.0 Examples
  • Zoho and ThinkFree - office products
  • Del.icio.us and furl - social bookmarking
  • Meebo - chat application, can enhance your website/blog
  • Zamzar - file conversion
  • YouTube - video sharing
  • Pbwiki - wiki
open courseware ocw
Open Courseware (OCW)
  • University material that is available for all to see and use.
  • OpenCourseWare began with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology OpenCourseWare, an initiative to put all of the educational materials from MIT's undergraduate- and graduate-level courses online, free and openly available to anyone, anywhere, by the year 2008.
ocw links
OCW Links
  • MIT OCW:http://ocw.mit.edu
  • OCW Consortium: http://www.ocwconsortium.org
  • OCW Search: http://opencontent.org
in contrast
In Contrast
  • Propietary
    • Software that has restrictions on use, distribution and modification
  • Freeware
    • There is no fee to use but you cannot study, modify, or redistribute
  • Shareware
    • Obtained free of charge for a certain amount of time then a payment is requested after the trial period
  • Public domain
    • No laws restrict any use
using free technology in the classrooms
Using Free Technology in the Classrooms
  • Blogs
    • http://priestsic6.learnerblogs.org
    • http://bobsprankle.com/writingblog/
  • Podcast
    • http://www.liberty.k12.mo.us/~elanghorst/
    • http://www.thewildclassroom.com/
  • Wiki
    • http://timfredrick.pbwiki.com/
    • http://flatclassroomproject.wikispaces.com/
  • Flickr
    • http://flickr.com/photos/ha112/234233755/
    • http://flickr.com/photos/cogdog/265279980/
  • Giffy Diagram
    • http://davidwarlick.com/2cents/2006/05/23/gliffy-web-based-graphics/
    • http://gliffy.com/examples1.shtml
  • Slideshare
    • http://www.slideshare.net
ucm s usage
UCM’s Usage
  • Website and Blog Integration
    • http://faculty.cmsu.edu/burns/
    • http://www.technicalprojects.org/nucleus/holly.php
  • Zoho and blog
    • http://www.zoho.com
  • Podcast
    • The iTunesU Project and you’ll see more throughout the week.
  • Photo Gallery
    • http://geocities.com/willey_chris/
  • Wiki
    • You’ll see examples in your wiki session!
complete list of os and web2 0 apps
Complete list of OS and Web2.0 Apps

Please visit:


Or through Blackboard Faculty Fellows Course



This presentation was prepare by

Savitri Wilder

Instructional Technologist

University of Central Missouri

[email protected]

Thank you!


Open Source: http://www.opensource.org

Open Options: http://www.netc.org/openoptions/background/index.html