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[News] Adoption of Free Software Sharing and Philosophy Now in Education

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Library Awarded $175,000 Mellon Foundation Grant for Support of Open Source
Software for Libraries 

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| The University of Rochester River Campus Libraries has been awarded $175,000 
| from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to provide development support for the  
| eXtensible Catalog (XC), the library's newly developed software interface 
| that vastly improves library searches.  


U.C. Berkeley plans open source software for lecture distribution

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| The university has already spent $220,000 this year on this project, 
| named “Opencast Matterhorn.” Now grants totaling $1.5 million from the Andrew 
| W. Mellon and William and Flora Hewlett foundations will cover that expense 
| and pay for further development of the system.   


OpenLearn Research Report published

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| The Open University has published a research report which is now available 
| online (see link below). 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   



Free Software in Education

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| The notion of Free Software is definitely political. I’m not stating the
| obvious, that any human work that affects a community in any way is
| political. Neither I suggest that the ideological (as opposed to purely
| technical) reasons of many Free Software supporters (and its critics)
| automatically brand it as a political issue. They alone might as well
| characterize it as philosophical, artistic or simply iconic. Free Software is
| political because it is strongly tied with a deep political question: that of
| education, and access to it.
| [...]
| You can read two great articles that support this: Richard Stallman’s Why
| schools should exclusively use free software and Jean Peyratout’s Why give
| precedence to Free Software at Schools. To summarize them, Free Softwares
| helps students assimilate and generate knowledge, instead of simply acquire
| technical skills; it offers education, instead of training. It helps build
| communities, and promotes (actually depends on) discussion, cooperation,
| initiative and active participation to the development process. In an
| increasingly expanding digital world, it embodies the ideals of education.


Students Adore Moodle

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| And that was how Moodle was born. Soon after it was invented, Moodle's
| popularity grew rapidly in schools and colleges around the world. The stories
| I hear from teachers who are using Moodle are deeply intriguing. Moodle
| works, and it works very well.

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