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An overview of the Connexions Project and why you should consider being part of the solution by creating quality educational materials available free to the public.

Sharing knowledge

“Connexions is all about sharing knowledge.” Richard Baraniuk – Filmed presentation ,Feb 2006 at TED Ideas Worth Sharing conference Appropriate words from one of the founders of the Connexions Project at Rice University located in Houston, Texas, USA. As an electrical and computer engineering professor at Rice University, Dr. Richard Baraniuk understood that he would never get rich publishing a textbook in his area of expertise. He was more concerned at being able to share his knowledge in what can be described as a quick change field. Most of us understand how quickly the electrical (electronics) and computer field changes almost overnight.

From the Connexions web site: “Connexions is a web-based document creation and management system for education and research materials. There are two parts to Connexions: a Content Commons that contains these materials and the software tools necessary to create, manage, and access these materials.

From its inception, Connexions was designed to allow the collaborative development and free availability of material. Instructors and authors can modify this material for any educational purpose. Connexions offers Free/Open Source software tools to help students, instructors, and authors manage these information assets for sharing and advancing knowledge to benefit the global educational community.”

I like to refer to Connexions as an Internet web site with the software tools to allow the creation and use of a repository of instructional and research materials .

The creators of ideas, art, literature, music, etc. usually have an immediate “copyright” to their creative genius. The copyright laws are designed to protect the creator (or author) of the materials from having others make money from their creations as well as to protect their works from copycats (call a derivative work). The laws are centered in the protection of the creative work by allowing its originator to control their creation.

Some authors (or creators) are willing to share their creative works with certain limitations. This can be accomplished through the use of one of the Creative Commons Attribution Licenses which have an international recognition. The most liberal of these licenses allows others to freely use your creative works. The license conveys the ability for others to copy, adapt, distribute and transmit the work as long as they attribute (give you the original author credit for) the work in the manner specified by you, the author or licensor.

All contributed content to the Connexions repository is made using this most liberal of license arrangements. Connexions uses the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License . The concept is to allow the greatest latitude in letting others use and improve on your works, that is your knowledge, your creative ideas. This philosophy of open sharing was re-confirmed at the Connexions Consortium’s 1 st Annual Meeting on February 1, 2010. To help emphasize the ability to remix or reuse existing content, the term “ Frictionless Reuse ” was coined by the President of the Connexions Consortium Board of Directors, Brad Wheeler Dr. Bradley C. Wheller – Biography at: (External Link) . Thus, users of the Connexions repository may become authors and freely use or improve (change) existing materials without worrying about copyright infringement .

Why you should contribute your materials to the connexions repository

Many reasons, but some of the best are:

  • Your desire to share your knowledge and ideas with the larger community of the world. Not everything in this world is driven by a profit or monetary incentive. Many desire to be simple positive contributors to society. Contributing your educational materials to Connexions allows other to build on your efforts.
  • You can work collaboratively with other authors in your field of expertise. This is a great opportunity to work with others in developing quality educational materials.
  • The Connexions Project has an ongoing commitment from many Open Educational Resource (OER) players to make Connexions a permanent part of the Internet landscape . Connexions is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation , the Maxfield Foundation, and the Connexions Consortium , of which Rice University is a major contributor, and other sponsors . Simply put – Connexions should be here tomorrow and the day after.
  • The materials in the Connexions repository have “Google Karma”. To quote myself, “Connexions has connections”. Many Internet search engines, not just Google, have already recognized the importance and quality of the Connexions repository. This helps the general Internet population to find your quality educational materials .
  • Open-source learning is the wave of the future . If you are not convinced, see the approximately 18 minute recorded conference presentation by Dr. Richard Baraniuk at: (External Link)

Questions & Answers

where we get a research paper on Nano chemistry....?
Maira Reply
nanopartical of organic/inorganic / physical chemistry , pdf / thesis / review
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..
Even nanotechnology is pretty much all about chemistry... Its the chemistry on quantum or atomic level
no nanotechnology is also a part of physics and maths it requires angle formulas and some pressure regarding concepts
Preparation and Applications of Nanomaterial for Drug Delivery
Hafiz Reply
Application of nanotechnology in medicine
what is variations in raman spectra for nanomaterials
Jyoti Reply
ya I also want to know the raman spectra
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.
yes that's correct
I think
Nasa has use it in the 60's, copper as water purification in the moon travel.
nanocopper obvius
what is the stm
Brian Reply
is there industrial application of fullrenes. What is the method to prepare fullrene on large scale.?
industrial application...? mmm I think on the medical side as drug carrier, but you should go deeper on your research, I may be wrong
How we are making nano material?
what is a peer
What is meant by 'nano scale'?
What is STMs full form?
scanning tunneling microscope
how nano science is used for hydrophobicity
Do u think that Graphene and Fullrene fiber can be used to make Air Plane body structure the lightest and strongest. Rafiq
what is differents between GO and RGO?
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
analytical skills graphene is prepared to kill any type viruses .
Any one who tell me about Preparation and application of Nanomaterial for drug Delivery
what is Nano technology ?
Bob Reply
write examples of Nano molecule?
The nanotechnology is as new science, to scale nanometric
nanotechnology is the study, desing, synthesis, manipulation and application of materials and functional systems through control of matter at nanoscale
Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
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
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
Smarajit Reply
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