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Dennis OConnor

Why The FCC Wants To Smash Open The iPhone - - 0 views

  • Right about now, Apple probably wishes it had never rejected Google Voice and related apps from the iPhone. Or maybe it was AT&T who rejected the apps. Nobody really knows. But the FCC launched an investigation last night to find out, sending letters to all three companies (Apple, AT&T, and Google) asking them to explain exactly what happened.
  • The FCC investigation is not just about the arbitrary rejection of a single app. It is the FCC's way of putting a stake in the ground for making the wireless networks controlled by cell phone carriers as open as the Internet.
  • On the wired Internet, we can connect any type of PC or other computing device and use any applications we want on those devices. On the wireless Internet controlled by cellular carriers like AT&T, we can only use the phones they allow on their networks and can only use the applications they approve.
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  • Google must secretly be pleased as punch. It was only two years ago, prior to the 700MHz wireless spectrum auctions, that it was pleading with the FCC to adopt principles guaranteeing open access for applications, devices, services, and other networks. Now two years later, in a different context and under a different administration, the FCC is pushing for the same principles.
  • FCC cites "pending FCC proceedings regarding wireless open access (RM-11361) and handset exclusivity (RM-11497). That first proceeding on open access dates back to 2007 when Skype requested that cell phone carriers open up their networks to all applications (see Skype's petition here). Like Google Voice, Skype helps consumers bypass the carriers. The carriers don't like that because that's their erodes their core business and turns them into dumb pipes. But dumb pipes are what we need. They are good for consumers and good for competition because they allow any application and any device, within reason, to flower on the wireless Internet.
  • The FCC also wants Apple to explain the arbitrariness of its app approval process: 4. Please explain any differences between the Google Voice iPhone application and any Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) applications that Apple has approved for the iPhone. Are any of the approved VoIP applications allowed to operate on AT&T?s 3G network?5. What other applications have been rejected for use on the iPhone and for what reasons? Is there a list of prohibited applications or of categories of applications that is provided to potential vendors/developers? If so, is this posted on the iTunes website or otherwise disclosed to consumers?6. What are the standards for considering and approving iPhone applications? What is the approval process for such applications (timing, reasons for rejection, appeal process, etc.)? What is the percentage of applications that are rejected? What are the major reasons for rejecting an application?
  • Why does it take a formal request from a government agency to get Apple (and AT&T) to explain what the rules are to get on the wireless Internet?
    Opening the iPhone would make educational apps much easier to publish. Apple's monopoly means e-text-book readers and classroom use of hand held computers (which is what the iPhone and iPod reall are) have to pay a toll to Apple. Right now, Apple's approval system is cloaked in mystery. Developers have no way to market their products without 'official' approval. Opening up the iPhone and by extension opening up wireless networks around the country will drive down high prices and bring connectivity to more inexpensive computing devices. I hope this FCC investigation is the domino that kicks open the door to the clouds of connectivity that are already out there!
Maggie Verster

Open access is a free platform that keeps track of all scholarly knowledge and info - 18 views

    "What exactly is Open Access? Open Access (OA) stands for unrestricted, toll-free online access to scientific and scholarly knowledge and information. On you will find information about the key concepts and main forms of OA, for example on Open Access journals and repositories, the origins of the Open Access movement, business models and legal issues."
Maggie Verster

The Open University has published a research report - 0 views

    The Open University has published a research report which is now available online The report evaluates the impact OpenLearn has had internally and externally and the challenges that lie ahead in open content and establishing open learning networks. "OpenLearn has been a really fascinating research opportunity. We wanted to find out what the impact was on us as an organisation; how we could help other people who wanted to provide their material available for free; and perhaps most importantly, what learners got out of having access to all this open material"
Tero Toivanen

Learn about CC during Open Education Week - Creative Commons - 26 views

    As most of you are undoubtedly aware, next week, 5-10 March, is the First Annual Open Education Week - a time set aside each year to celebrate and raise awareness about open education and open educational resources (OER).
Dr. Nellie Deutsch

Impact of introduction of online learning in developing countries-special reference to ... - 0 views

    The Open University of Sri Lanka (OUSL) was set up for the purpose of providing higher educational facilities to persons above 18 years of age with relevant basic qualifications, in Sri Lanka. It is the only recognized university in Sri Lanka where students are able to pursue further education by distance education techniques in keeping with the philosophy of open and distance learning. The main focus of this lecture would be to identify and evaluate the impact of online learning on the students. This lecture would essentially discuss the findings from a research done using random sampling method with a questionnaire technique. According to the findings, most students prefer forums as the best online teaching/ collaboration tool. They like this method because they can contact their coordinator at any time and at any place, and can also network as well as discuss their queries. Students pursuing their studies at post graduate level prefer this method more than other students. However, the students have identified this method as a complement and not as a substitute for traditional face to face learning. As far as barriers for Online Education are concerned : Lack of resources (computers as well as experts in the field), infrastructure, no proper training on Moodle, and low awareness level of e-Learning are considered as main problems. This Lecture would be more of a discussion on impact of Online Learning and lessons learned from it in a developing country. I will present our findings and then we can have an open house to discuss this further.
Kerry J

The Nerdy Teacher: Open Letter to @TaylorSwift13 - 11 views

    Open Letter to @TaylorSwift13This open letter is to Ms. Swift in an effort to get her permission to use a couple of her songs for a student production of Romeo and Juliet.   If you Tweet, please copy and paste this into Twitter:RT @thenerdyteacher An Open Letter to @TaylorSwift13 -

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Paul Beaufait

The Teacher's Guide To Open Educational Resources | Edudemic - 31 views

    Comforto (2015) explained how to identify open educational resources (OERs), listed a handful of places to start looking for them, and provided micro reviews of repositories for literature, math and science OERs, as well as videos, courses and textbooks. She included suggestions for appropriate use and re-use of OERs, and invited comments pointing out similar repositories or resources. Comforto, Nicole. (2015, July 30). The Teacher's Guide To Open Educational Resources [Web log post]. Retrieved from
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Tero Toivanen

TEDxCapeTownED - Associate Professor Laura Czerniewicz - SA Needs Open Education - YouTube - 4 views

    Great TED-talk about open education and open access to research materials.
Tero Toivanen

The corridor of uncertainty: Why aren't open educational resources being used? - 33 views

  • the main reasons behind the reluctance to use OER are the following:
  • Tradition. My course, my class, my classroom, my way. Teachers are proudly independent and proud of their courses and teaching methods.
  • Concern about openness. Many are worried about digital rights and have been brought up to believe that you must protect your own work from theft.
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  • Lack of official approval. Even if many teachers are highly self-sufficient there is still a great respect for authorities.
  • Open Access would not have become accepted without an EU directive.
  • Trust. Linked to all the above but many teachers are uneasy about the trustworthiness of material found on the net. There's a perception that anything that's free on the net can't be very valuable and that printed material with a price tag is automatically more credible. We need quality assurance and some kind of faculty peer review to build trust.
  • Comfort: Textbooks are designed a certain way to offer a bundle of curriculum bliss, topped with slides and quizzes. OER need to be found, sequenced, and often require to fill in the gaps. That's scary work for some faculty.
  • 1. Help each other to find what we believe is good OER in "our" subject areas.2. Create a system and agree on how to (meta)tag OER we found in a similar way (with subject area, level, learning outcomes, language,type of media etc.) and make everyone use this. 3. Make it possible for users (teachers & students) to evaluate(rate)and review OER in a similar way that we today rate books,hotels ( like at, etc). 4. Create a way to show all this in one place on Internet
Diane Tillman

How to Interpret Your B2B Email Open Rates - 0 views

    One of the most commonly-used email marketing metrics today is the email open rate. Despite its apparent popularity, however, it's also one of the least-understood indicators of email campaign performance. The following are ways to help you correctly interpret open rates of B2B email blasts to contacts in your mail list.
    Despite its apparent popularity, however, it's also one of the least-understood indicators of email campaign performance. The following are ways to help you correctly interpret open rates of B2B email blasts to contacts in your mail list.
    The following are ways to help you correctly interpret open rates of B2B email blasts to contacts in your mail list.
Maggie Verster

List of Free Open Source Software - 13 views

    List of Free Open Source Software open source software.
Jeff Johnson

The Cape Town Open Education Declaration - 0 views

  • The Cape Town Open Education Declaration arises from a small but lively meeting convened in Cape Town in September 2007. The aim of this meeting was to accelerate efforts to promote open resources, technology and teaching practices in education. Convened by the Open Society Institute and the Shuttleworth Foundation, the meeting gathered participants with many points of view from many nations. This group discussed ways to broaden and deepen their open education efforts by working together.
Bill Graziadei, Ph.D. (aka Dr. G) - The Free and Open Productivity Suite - 0 views

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Jenny Davis

OER Commons: Open Educational Resources - 4 views

    The Internet is rich with open educational resources that both educators and students might want to use. However, finding those resources is often time-consuming. The OER Commons website was created to help educators, students, and lifelong learners find Open Educational Resources that are already posted somewhere on the Internet. OER Commons is not a search engine (like Google) and it is not a list of links. This site is a structured database of links to high-quality resources found on other websites. OER Commons provides a single point of access through which educators, students, and all learners can search,browse, evaluate, and discuss over 30,000 high-quality OER.
Maggie Verster

Take Any College Class for Free: 236 Open Courseware Collections, Podcasts, and Videos ... - 41 views

    If you're interested in specific open courses, you can find a variety on the Web (or through this list of 100 courses). Usually, those single courses will contain all the materials you need to learn one subject for free. But, if you're after more than a single focus or if you need a deeper perspective on a subject, this list of open courseware collections may be just what you need. Each resource listed below contains a collection or collections of educational materials. You'll find digital archives, a variety of courses, Podcasts, videos and sometimes a mix of everything you can imagine so you can learn any given subject in depth.
Tero Toivanen

Times Higher Education - From where I sit - Everyone wins in this free-for-all - 11 views

  • The term open educational resources (OER) encapsulates the simple but powerful idea that the world's knowledge is a public good. The internet offers unprecedented opportunities to share, use and reuse knowledge. Sadly, most of the planet is underserved when it comes to post-secondary education.
  • But while in our research we have no problem with sharing and building on the ideas of others, in education the perception is that we must lock teaching materials behind restrictive copyright barriers that minimise sharing.
  • Sometimes universities justify this position on the grounds that the open licensing of courses will damage their advantage in the student recruitment market. These publicly funded institutions expect taxpayers to pay twice for learning materials.
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  • Individuals are free to learn from OER hosted on the open web. It is, therefore, plausible that we can design and develop an "OER university" that will provide free learning for all students worldwide.
  • Working with Otago Polytechnic in New Zealand, the University of Southern Queensland in Australia and Athabasca University in Canada as founding anchor partners, we aim to help provide flexible pathways for OER learners to earn formal academic credentials and pay reduced fees for assessment and credit services under the community service mission of modern universities.
  • The OER Foundation will host an open planning meeting on 23 February to lay the foundations for this significant intervention. With support from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, the meeting will be streamed on the web, and we invite all educational leaders to join us at this meeting in planning for the mainstream adoption of OER in post-secondary institutions.
    The term open educational resources (OER) encapsulates the simple but powerful idea that the world's knowledge is a public good. The internet offers unprecedented opportunities to share, use and reuse knowledge. Sadly, most of the planet is underserved when it comes to post-secondary education.
Ihering Alcoforado

ScienceDirect - Computers in Industry : "Open CAI 2.0" - Computer Aided Innovation in t... - 0 views

    This article examines current developments in the field of CAI. The field of CAI has been driven by two major recent developments. One being the technological possibilities in the software field commonly referred to as "Web 2.0". The other being a strategic paradigm shift from closed to open innovation in many companies. Both developments lead to a new form of CAI which have been analyzed in detail and named Open CAI 2.0. This paper discusses the benefits and challenges for software providers and users arising from this new evolutionary step of CAI
Tero Toivanen

The Power of Open - 30 views

    "...The Power of Open inspires you to examine and embrace the practice of open licensing so that your contributions to the global intellectual commons can provide their greatest benefit to all people."
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