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Open access to scientific research

May 24, 2012 1 comment

open access

Students, teachers, researchers, entrepreneurs, patients, caregivers, and other U.S. taxpayers deserve open access to scientific journal articles arising from U.S. taxpayer-funded research.

This is my belief, and I’m hopeful that enough of us share it and are willing to advocate for open access policies for all federal agencies that fund scientific research.

I just signed a petition to require free access over the Internet to scientific journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research, and I invite readers of this post to show support.

It takes a minute to sign it! If implemented, open access policies for federally funded research will touch everybody’s education, formal and informal, for life-time.

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OpenClass, at last!

October 14, 2011 2 comments

I got the news today, from my good friend Bryan Higgs, that Pearson and Google have teamed up to launch OpenClass, a free content management system for educational use (see news in the Chronicle, October 14, 2011). This is exciting!

I’ve been using Google Sites for the students’ online portfolios and Google Groups for the class forum (now, I’ve switched to Piazza.com), and WordPress for the web sites of the courses I teach. The idea I like the most about the Google+Pearson’s solution is that teaching and learning, when it comes to a supportive system, cannot be unilateral, with the instructor in charge of creating and managing content and activities. Instead, all participants should be engaged in what and how content is created and shared, students and instructor alike.