Connexions: Open-source learning

Recently I happened to go through a web site called connexions, an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web. Their Content Commons contains educational materials for everyone — from children to college students to professionals — organized in small modules  that are easily connected into larger collections or courses. All content is free to use and reuse under the Creative Commons “attribution” license.

Using connexions

  • authors create and collaborate
  • instructors rapidly build and share custom collections
  • learners find and explore content

Connexions is a place to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc. Anyone may view or contribute:

However, their brains are not linear, they learn by making connections between new concepts and things they already know. Connexions mimic this by breaking down content into smaller chunks, called modules that can be linked together and arranged in different ways. This lets students see the relationships both within and between topics and helps demonstrate that knowledge is naturally interconnected, not isolated into separate classes or books.

I also found a talk about connexions in TED:

Richard Baraniuk on open-source learning


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