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There were a number of comments and responses made during the days following Wayne’s post. There were at least five central themes that were generated from the comments.

  • Although there are numerous connections between Open Source Software and Open Educational Resources, one of the principal connections explored is the nature of “Free” software and content. Wayne pointed out that although there are some similarities between code and content, content is a much more accessible artifact to create. That is, more individuals have the skills and knowledge to generate educational materials than production-level code for software, and that is why a full free curriculum by 2015 is realistic.
  • The limitations and opportunities that LMS (Learning Management Systems) present to us, and the future of such systems were discussed through the commenting session. The conversation ranged from tool interoperability, access, and limitations that LMS place on open networking. Wayne suggested that the Wikis reduce use barriers and support social networking, which is a function for which the LMS is ill suited. Wayne also indicated that the LMS classroom metaphor restricts the new pedagogy of networked distributed learning. There were other arguments suggesting that LMS can work toward more open and extensible environments, so there is no need at this point to count out the LMS.
  • Appropriate platforms used to support Open Educational Resource projects were discussed in terms of reducing barriers to access and inviting group and networked creation and continued development of content.
  • Using an appropriate distribution license was another major area of discussion. The most notable feature of this thread was the use or non-use of the NonCommercial Use Restriction . A number of comments were used to develop a rationale for not using the NC license restriction. In addition, an argument was developed in some comments about how the NC license element sub-optimizes the impact of the content and creates confusion in the Free Content “marketplace.” David Wiley from Utah State University responded to this thread of discussion with a posting titled “ Why Universities Choose NC, and What You Can Do ,” which provided an opportunity to reflect on the efforts of pioneering institutions and what others new to OER projects can learn from the earlier adopters.
  • Another thread addressed some of the challenges with content development at the individual level. There was some discussion about the appropriate level for OER programme focus; areas identified included individual, institutional, and pan-institutional. It was also argued that because the cost of traditional text books are absorbed by the learner, there is less incentive for faculty members to produce OERs than if they absorbed the costs personally or of it came out of their departmental budgets. One poster pointed to the viability of contributions made directly by learners, which prompted a comment suggesting that there are learning design techniques that promote the creation of educational artifacts as part of the learning experience.

Please feel free to refer back to the full article and comments posted at “WikiEducator: Memoirs, myths, misrepresentations and the magic.” I welcome all comments, feedback, and suggestions that will improve the above summary. Thank you.

For more information about the Impact of Open Source Software on Education series, visit the project site on WikiEducator. I will be exploring ways in which we can best make the series assets into OER .

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
what are the products of Nano chemistry?
Maira Reply
There are lots of products of nano chemistry... Like nano coatings.....carbon fiber.. And lots of others..
learn
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
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da
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Bhagvanji
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Giriraj
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
revolt
da
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
I only see partial conversation and what's the question here!
Crow Reply
what about nanotechnology for water purification
RAW Reply
please someone correct me if I'm wrong but I think one can use nanoparticles, specially silver nanoparticles for water treatment.
Damian
yes that's correct
Professor
I think
Professor
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
Alexandre
nanocopper obvius
Alexandre
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
Rafiq
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
Damian
How we are making nano material?
LITNING Reply
what is a peer
LITNING Reply
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
LITNING Reply
What is STMs full form?
LITNING
scanning tunneling microscope
Sahil
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Santosh
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
Mahi
what is simplest way to understand the applications of nano robots used to detect the cancer affected cell of human body.? How this robot is carried to required site of body cell.? what will be the carrier material and how can be detected that correct delivery of drug is done Rafiq
Rafiq
if virus is killing to make ARTIFICIAL DNA OF GRAPHENE FOR KILLED THE VIRUS .THIS IS OUR ASSUMPTION
Anam
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Anam
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
Hafiz
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
Bob
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
brayan
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Damian
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
Renato
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
?
Kyle
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
Adin
why?
Adin
what school?
Kyle
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
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Source:  OpenStax, The impact of open source software on education. OpenStax CNX. Mar 30, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10431/1.7
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