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Project Aristotle

October 26, 2009

The world is flat.  Pretty popular theory a couple thousand years ago. 

Around 330 BC, Aristotle provided observational evidence for the spherical Earth,[10] noting that travelers going south see southern constellations rise higher above the horizon. He argued that this was only possible if their horizon was at an angle to northerners’ horizon and that the Earth’s surface therefore could not be flat.[11] He also noted that the border of the shadow of Earth on the Moon during the partial phase of a lunar eclipse is always circular, no matter how high the Moon is over the horizon. Only a sphere casts a circular shadow in every direction, whereas a circular disk casts an elliptical shadow in all directions apart from directly above and directly below.[12] Writing around 10 BC, the Greek geographer Strabo cited various phenomena observed at sea as suggesting that the Earth was spherical.

Text books are flat.  Yeah, but you need a book to teach.

We say NO.  Project Aristotle is a bold initiative to rid our students of the pedagogically inferior flat context of an overpriced textbook.  One of the key tenants of EduKan is to provide affordable access to higher education.  We keep our tuition low – $125 per credit hour, yet our students are forced to pay almost that in textbooks. 

Our initiative seeks to utilize open source and purchased digital repositories to embed content within our online courses.  I encourage you to review some of the great resources listed below and follow us on our journey to become textbook (free).

www.hippocampus.org

HippoCampus is a project of the Monterey Institute for Technology and Education (MITE). The goal of HippoCampus is to provide high-quality, multimedia content on general education subjects to high school and college students free of charge.

 http://www.theorangegrove.org/OGMain.asp

Florida’s digital repository of open text and resources.

 www.cnx.org

Connexions is an environment for collaboratively developing, freely sharing, and rapidly publishing scholarly content on the Web. Our 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.

 http://www.oercommons.org/

In a brave new world of learning, OER content is made free to use or share, and in some cases, to change and share again, made possible through licensing, so that both teachers and learners can share what they know.

 http://learn.creativecommons.org/

ccLearn is a division of Creative Commons dedicated to support open learning and open educational resources. Our mission is to minimize barriers to the creation, sharing, and reuse of educational materials—legal barriers, technical barriers, and social barriers.

www.ocwconsortium.org

An OpenCourseWare is a free and open digital publication of high quality educational materials, organized as courses. The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a collaboration of more than 200 higher education institutions and associated organizations from around the world creating a broad and deep body of open educational content using a shared model. The mission of the OpenCourseWare Consortium is to advance education and empower people worldwide through opencourseware.

www.wikibooks.org

www.wikiversity.org

www.wikieducator.org – free training on how to use a wiki

http://wikilearn.uvu.edu/wikis/Main_Page

 http://oli.web.cmu.edu/openlearning/

 http://webcast.berkeley.edu/

 http://oerrecommender.org/

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Doralia Reynolds permalink
    October 26, 2009 5:19 pm

    Great resources.

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