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[News] [Rival] Martin Bean Subverts the 'Open' University, Bing Falls on its Face

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Martin Bean Subverts the 'Open' University, Bing Falls on its Face
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 28 Jun 2010 20:52:30 +0100
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Let's Make "The Open University" Truly Open 

,----[ Quote ]
| Naturally, offering such courses about 
| closed-source software is an important part 
| of providing a wide range information and 
| training. And I'm sure there will be 
| similarly courses and qualifications for 
| open source programs.
| After all, free software not only already 
| totally dominates areas like 
| supercomputers, the Internet and embedded 
| systems, but is also rapidly gaining market 
| share in key sectors like mobile, so it 
| would obviously make sense to offer plenty 
| of opportunities for students to study and 
| work with the operating system of the 
| future, as well as that of the past.
| That's true for all academic establishments 
| offering courses in computing, but in the 
| case of the Open University, even-
| handedness assumes a particular importance 
| because of the context:
|     The Open University has appointed a 
|     Microsoft boss to be its fifth vice-
|     chancellor.
|     Martin Bean is currently general 
|     manager of product management, 
|     marketing and business development for 
|     Microsoft's worldwide education 
|     products group.


Bing and gone? A Microsoft car/engine? Yusuf Mehdi conjures up a disturbing thought 

,----[ Quote ]
| Of course, users of Microsoftâs blogging 
| service will be no strangers to this 
| apparent ignoring.  For as long as I can 
| remember Microsoft Blog service has been 
| hit with a plethora of spam which would 
| fill the comments section with offers of 
| trainers, jewelry and all manner of dodgy 
| offers.  I brought this up with a Microsoft 
| Advocate over on Microsoft Watch about two 
| years ago and its only now in the last few 
| weeks Microsoft seems to have had the 
| problem fixedâ.for the time being.  Users 
| of WordPress I donât believe suffered like 
| Microsoft users did, since my blogs 
| inception Ive had very little trouble with 
| spam Akismet does a great job.



OU announces Linux course

,----[ Quote ]
| The Open University has announced 'Linux - an
| introduction' a ten week course on the open
| source operating system aimed at absolute
| beginners.
| Starting in May, registration for  the first
| ten week course closes on the 24th of April.
| The course will cost Â185 for students in the
| UK. The OU gives a second start date of
| October 2010, although registration for that
| date is not yet open, and in future hopes to
| run the course twice a year.


EU: Open Universities open source master published first two books

,----[ Quote ]
| The first two course books have just been
| published online for what is intended to
| become a university master programme on
| free and open source software and open
| standards.
| The online master programme, Free
| Technology Academy (FTA) is organised by
| the University of Agder in Norway and two
| of Europe's open universities, the
| Universitat Oberta de Catalunya in Spain
| and the Open Universiteit in the
| Netherlands. Coordination is handled by the
| Free Knowledge Institute, based in the
| Netherlands.


Simply the Best: Case Study for Moodle at Open University

,----[ Quote ]
| The British Open University took upon
| itself in 2005, together with the William
| and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the task of
| bringing online learning into the future.
| Unusual is that it didn't decide on Moodle
| for merely financial reasons or that it
| didn't go for professional support.

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