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New Opportunities for Open Source in Education

posted Apr 10, 2012, 3:59 AM by Mark O'Neil

On Monday, March 26, 2012, Blackboard Inc. announced news regarding the creation of Blackboard Education Open Source Services. In brief Blackboard has acquired two Moodle service providers - Moodlerooms and NetSpot - and engaged Charles Severance to drive their involvement in the Sakai community. Blackboard’s stated intent is to provide services around open source Learning Management Systems while growing and maintaining relationships with, and contributing to, those open source community projects. We hope that this news will have a positive impact on the adoption and growth of open source solutions in education.

What does this mean for the OSCELOT global community? This action validates the efforts and goals of OSCELOT to support and facilitate learning tools that plug into various learning management platforms - with a focus on open source and interoperable solutions. Our passion and advocacy is for the involvement of all open source communities to enhance education through technology. It is our hope that moving forward we can bring together individuals from not only the Blackboard, Moodle, and Sakai communities, but across all educational technology communities. Together, we can build learning tools that operate in a manner which is platform agnostic - serving all students and educators regardless of the technology platform(s) they use.

We at OSCELOT work to remove real and perceived obstacles to improving education technology. Our hope is that this latest action by Blackboard helps break down vendor-silo barriers. Blackboard has previously shown leadership by committing time and resources to the advancement of open standards; we hope that it will now continue to support this process across other platforms.

There is an opportunity here for the community to bring together the best and brightest minds in educational technology to advance our common goals. We hope that this development will secure continued diversity in the eLearning market, support the evolution of truly cross-platform learning tools and enable the community to build a greater educational future together.

Over the coming months, we look forward to seeing how this development unfolds. In the meantime we invite members of all education communities to join us at Open Source Day 7.0 on July 8th in New Orleans to learn, share, and develop learning tools of common interest.

Paul Erickson Patricia Goldweic Derek Hamner George Kroner Malcolm Murray Mark O’Neil Stephen Vickers



About OSCELOT

OSCELOT (the Open Source Community for Educational Learning Objects and Tools) provides the resources and backing for a global community of developers and users to develop and access free and open source software (FOSS) for education. This is accomplished by providing the necessary infrastructure to support these activities. In addition to promoting the use of open standards-based FOSS, OSCELOT also aspires to provide metrics on FOSS projects to facilitate the decision making process for adoption. OSCELOT hosts a community website at www.oscelot.org, a projects website at projects.oscelot.org, and a community listserv. In addition, we host the annual Open Source Day event which brings managers, users and developers together to discuss community direction and future projects.

OSCELOT, Inc is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt non-profit corporation registered in Washington DC


Open Source Day 7.0 Registration is Open!!

posted Apr 10, 2012, 3:55 AM by Mark O'Neil

Open Source Day 7.0 New Orleans - Sunday July 8, 2012
The 7th annual OSCELOT Open Source Day (OSD 7.0) will be held in New Orleans on Sunday July 8th, preceding the Blackboard Developers Conference and BbWorld.

Open Source Day will follow an open and flexible agenda, if you have questions or would like updates on OSD 7.0 please send an email to info@oscelot.org or mark.a.oneil@oscelot.org with OSD 7.0 in the subject line and we will keep you informed. 

We are looking forward to seeing you for another great day of discussion of open source and education!

Open Source Day 7.0!!

posted Jan 21, 2012, 5:04 AM by Mark O'Neil   [ updated Jan 21, 2012, 5:15 AM ]

Open Source Day 7.0 New Orleans - Sunday July 8, 2012
The 7th annual OSCELOT Open Source Day (OSD 7.0) will be held in New Orleans on Sunday July 8th, preceding the Blackboard Developers Conference and BbWorld.

We are still in the planning stages, if you have questions or would like updates on OSD 7.0 please send an email to info@oscelot.org or mark.a.oneil@oscelot.org with OSD 7.0 in the subject line and we will keep you informed. 

We are looking forward to seeing you for another great day of discussion of open source and education!

Registration will open soon.

Registration for OSD 6.0 is closed

posted May 28, 2011, 7:24 AM by Malcolm Murray   [ updated Jan 21, 2012, 5:16 AM by Mark O'Neil ]

OSCELOT will be holding their sixth Open Source Day for Developers at the Venetian/Palazzo Congress Center, Las Vegas on Sunday July 10th.
Find out more at http://www.oscelot.org/OSCELOT/dashboard/open-source-days/osd-6-0

Basic LTI Catalogue

posted Jul 12, 2010, 10:18 AM by Malcolm Murray

A simple LTI catalogue has been added to the Oscelot site. This lists known Basic LTI consumers and producers. If you have an LTI tool that you want added to the list, please send details to lti@oscelot.org

More functionality - such as rating these tools will be added shortly.

OSD 5.0 starts today

posted Jul 10, 2010, 9:55 PM by Malcolm Murray   [ updated Jul 10, 2010, 9:57 PM ]

Join us in the Daytona Room at the Gaylord Palms Resort Convention Center.
Breakfast snacks are available from 8.30 am.

Catch OSCELOT in Swansea

posted Apr 11, 2010, 1:55 PM by Malcolm Murray

Members of OSCELOT will be at both the developer day and the Blackboard Learning & Teaching Conference in Swansea, Wales. Hope to see you there!

Listening to US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan

posted Mar 11, 2010, 1:34 PM by Paul Erickson

The Secretary laid out an impressive vision for using technology in education based on three attributes mobile accessibility, digital content and social networks.  The technology plan was published and made available for public comment at The Department of Education's website.  The Secretary talked about the importance of creating new open educational repositories that would allow instructors and learners to personalize and remix learning.   At the same time he called for research and experimentation that would use evidence based methods to weight the improvements in productivity and outcomes against the costs.  Secretary Duncan articulated a vision that demonstrated a good understanding of the ongoing transformation of education happening in the context of web 2.0.

IMS Announces Public Review of Basic Learning Tools Interoperability Standards

posted Mar 8, 2010, 10:40 AM by Paul Erickson

Lake Mary, Florida, USA – 16 February 2010 – The IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC) today announced the public review of the first phase of the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) standards to allow open and seamless integration of educational web applications. Called “Basic LTI or BLTI,” this first standard addresses the most common roadblocks to achieving a seamless experience for teachers and students. BLTI replaces the proliferation of vendor-specific APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) across learning/course management systems, course authoring apps, collaboration apps, e-Book apps, homework apps, assessment apps, e-Portfolio apps, etc.

Release for public review indicates that IMS GLC has conducted extensive prototyping and testing among the industry leaders, developed open source code to aid implementation, and developed initial conformance testing support. Public review will remain open for a time to be determined by the Common Cartridge/LTI Accredited Profile Management Group in IMS GLC. Basic LTI development has been spearheaded by Dr. Charles Severance, IMS Affiliates Coordinator, author, professor in the School of Information at the University of Michigan, and former Executive Director of the open source Sakai learning management system project.

Read more at http://www.imsglobal.org/pressreleases/pr100216.html

Questionmark announces new community source connector to integrate Perception to Bb9

posted Oct 19, 2009, 10:01 AM by Paul Erickson

Questionmark is introducing a new "Community Edition" connector via their blog to integrate their Perception product to Blackboard Learn 9 that will be open-source and hosted via OSCELOT:

"The new Blackboard connector is not just available free of charge under an open source license. We’re also opening up the development process itself by hosting the project at OSCELOT, a community of developers dedicated to creating and maintaining open source software in the e-Learning community.  You can see how the project is progressing and download the latest version yourself from the Blackboard Connector page on our new developer support site."


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