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Re: [school-discuss] an association for the open content


Excellent initiative - I would like to hear about how this pans out.

I have for some time been involved in developing an open-content
web-based system for storing all content which an instructor needs in
a classroom and a student needs access to, see
http://www.tutor-web.net and http://www.tutor-web.info.

This has been used for storing individual lecture slides, entire
texts, interactive quizzes etc.

It has been my hope that this kind of approach could be used for
intructors to freely exchange teaching material at the source level
(i.e. not just as pdf files) through the use of de facto standards
(e.g. latex, not mathml).

At the moment we are rewriting the entire system to become more
user-friendly (for the instructor) so hopefully within a month or two
it will be in Plone.



> Hi all, 
> I am glad to inform you that the group of university teachers and IT scholars 
> is forging ahead with establishing an international non-profit association
> aimed at fostering proper use of information technologies in education and
> academic research, especially focusing on open access and open content. 
> While mid-term projects will be publishing a monthly newsletter and organizing
> an annual conference (as you can read in the statute), our first immediate
> objective is to foster 'open communities' of teachers and researchers forging
> their own digital tools and to provide them the opportunity to meet and grow.
> It is up to us to establish the exec committee duties, at this stage, to
> pursue those objectives.
> Our first task will be just to discuss how the association could be
> instrumental in bringing such 'open content' communities to light.
> Maintaining connections with educational and research institutions and
> international institutions will probably be among our committments.
> I would appreciate your suggestions about people who could contribute in some way
> to set up and lead the association projects and available to be part of the
> Executive Committee.
> Here you can find the statutes draft: http://www.eexplor.org/ 
> Your comments and help are very welcome 
> Thank you 
> --
> Paolo Pumilia-Gnarini

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