14 December 2010

Making Connexions

Change is often on my mind.  Change in the way we understand the world, change in how we perceive culture and change in how we put into practice all these flows of change in education. 

Because traditional classrooms still have four walls, perhaps we tend to overlook the tremendous changes that have been happening in our world of education. One of these ground-breaking changes, is open source when it is applied to education. Most of us have used Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia that  anyone can edit. That is one example of the degree of change that today we accept as part of our lives. But what if open source were to go a step further?

That is precisely what Connexions proposes to do - to go a step further and offer educational materials which may be organised into modules. These can be contributed by authors and lecturers for learners to explore and learn.  Owing to its open source format, learners and teachers around the world can then adapt the information to suit their needs and local context. 

Richard Baraniuk, a university professor, is a founder of Connexions and in the short video from Ted Talks included below, he explains the vision of Connexions and change in education. 

Should there be barriers and borders to education?  In my view, education is a right for all. Learners throughout the world have the right to access knowledge and apply it most appropriately and productively to their contexts. Within this frame of thought,  and referred to  by  Richard Baraniuk in the video above,  Teachers Without Borders is a site which offers ideas and resources for all. 

Education. Change. 

What do you think - should education, knowledge and information be accessible to everyone? Do you think that projects such as Connexions can help make education more accessible to all?

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