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    Connexions: Create Globally, Educate Locally

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    4th International Conference on Open RepositoriesThis presentation was part of the session : Conference PostersFounded in 1999, Connexions (http://cnx.org/) was built upon the philosophy that high-quality, open-licensed scholarly materials can revolutionize the way we think about education. Built upon a core of open software and driven by innovators in the open education movement, Connexions has made it possible for authors worldwide to publish content that teachers and learners can rip, mix, and burn to develop customized learning solutions at no cost. Authors create learning objects, called modules, that can be assembled into online courses, printed textbooks, or academic journals. All content in the Connexions repository is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution license, giving educators the tools and materials necessary to create unique works tailored to the needs of their students and colleagues. As the Connexions content repository continues to grow, traditional educational consumers will find themselves in a position to become producers, taking full advantage of the knowledge available in a global, digital society.Rice University; Hewlett Foundatio

    The convergence of antitrust law and First Amendment law in the communication and information industries: Application of First Amendment geography to the determination of relevant geographic market in antitrust law

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    The dissertation looks at the convergence of antitrust law and First Amendment law. The author first looks at the possibility of using non-economic factors, specifically First Amendment considerations, in the determination of the relevant geographic market in antitrust law. Three possibilities emerge: (1) impossibility of considering First Amendment factors, (2) disparate treatment of First Amendment cases based on the model of de novo review of facts in First Amendment cases, and (3) disparate treatment of the mass media based on the industry-by-industry rationale used in antitrust law. The author then investigates areas of First Amendment law where geographic boundaries have been drawn and looks at the rationale behind the courts\u27 determinations of those boundaries. In this section, the dissertation develops a new term of art, First Amendment geography--defined as boundaries used in First Amendment law. Finally, the author looks at ways in which First Amendment geography can be used in the determination of the relevant geographic market in antitrust law. The author proposes a list of non-economic factors that should be used in the determination of the relevant geographic market in antitrust law. Generally, the dissertation discusses the mass media of radio, broadcast television, cable television, newspaper, and telephone and their relationships to antitrust law

    Education in the digital age

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    Education is moving into the digital age. Pedagogies have changed to engage the latest digital technologies. The methods of distribution are now a blend between face-to-face and some other combination of virtual interfaces. The content is moving from traditional text-based learning to text-plus-multimedia. The community is now involved in the development of content. One of the leaders in this transition is Connexions, according to it\u27s executive director. Connexions (http://cnx.org/) is an open-source platform and open-access repository for open educational resources, enabling the creation, sharing, modification, and vetting of open educational material accessible to anyone, anywhere, anytime via the World Wide Web

    Creating a Vision for Mount St. Joseph University’s Next Generation Library

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    Creating a Vision for Mount St. Joseph University’s Next Generation Library A. Foundation for MSJU’s Next Generation Library: A person’s value will be not only be what one knows, but whether one knows where to find the information one needs, and how one connects to solve society’s problems. B. Articulating the Vision: 1. Sketches & Stories: How successful informational networks in other organizations may be applied. 2. Culture Today/Culture Tomorrow: Defining today’s culture, ideal future culture and gap analysis to initiate cultural change. 3. Success Measures: What does success look like and how can it be measured? 4. Guiding Principles: Defining the five most critical attributes to achieve the next generation library. 5. What is the next generation library? “How will the next generation library need to evolve to support the constantly changing needs of its users? C. Translating the Vision: Collaborating to translate the vision to physical space

    Peer-To-Peer Recognition of Learning in Open Education

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    Recognition in education is the acknowledgment of learning achievements. Accreditation is certification of such recognition by an institution, an organization, a government, a community, etc. There are a number of assessment methods by which learning can be evaluated (exam, practicum, etc.) for the purpose of recognition and accreditation, and there are a number of different purposes for the accreditation itself (i.e., job, social recognition, membership in a group, etc). As our world moves from an industrial to a knowledge society, new skills are needed. Social web technologies offer opportunities for learning, which build these skills and allow new ways to assess them. This paper makes the case for a peer-based method of assessment and recognition as a feasible option for accreditation purposes. The peer-based method would leverage online communities and tools, for example digital portfolios, digital trails, and aggregations of individual opinions and ratings into a reliable assessment of quality. Recognition by peers can have a similar function as formal accreditation, and pathways to turn peer recognition into formal credits are outlined. The authors conclude by presenting an open education assessment and accreditation scenario, which draws upon the attributes of open source software communities: trust, relevance, scalability, and transparency

    Open Textbook Proof-of-Concept via Connexions

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    To address the high cost of textbooks, Rice University’s Connexions and the Community College Open Textbook Project (CCOTP) collaborated to develop a proof-of-concept free and open textbook. The proof-of-concept served to document a workflow process that would support adoption of open textbooks. Open textbooks provide faculty and students with a low cost alternative to traditional publishers’ textbooks and can help to make higher education more affordable. Connexions provides a publishing platform for open textbook projects. The CCOTP acted as a liaison between community college faculty, open textbook authors, and Connexions. Challenges to the production and adoption of open textbooks include 1) faculty members’ and students’ expectations of high production quality and ancillaries for open textbooks, 2) methods for documenting and maintaining control over various versions, and 3) the process of converting existing open content to digital and accessible formats. Connexions holds promise as a means to overcome these challenges. Connexions identified lessons learned about open textbook production, such as the importance of a style guide, the advantage of assembly-line workflow, and the importance of naming conventions and standard math authoring tools, Connexions also identified lessons learned about open textbook use by students and faculty, e.g., the value of availability and customizability, the importance of interactivity, the difference in how faculty and students view modularity, and the importance of textbook reading navigational aids. The authors note that the CCOTP recommends using Connexions as the common repository for open textbook content in an effort to provide greater national and international access
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