Since IBM opened IBM Watson to the world last year, it has been building a developer and entrepreneur community around the development platform. The community now consists of more than 280 commercial partners, as well as tens of thousands of developers, students, entrepreneurs and other enthusiasts that are generating up to 3 billion monthly API requests on Watson.
How IBM Watson apps are changing 7 industries | Computerworld http://www.computerworld.com/article/2934460/emerging-technology/how-ibm-watson-apps-are-changing-7-industries.html#slide1
Surprise! Legal and education didn’t make the list. Maybe it isn’t much of a surprise. Both “industries” aren’t really driven by data crunching but much more by human interaction and both have been rather impervious to automation.
Forbes Now: Penn State College Of Engineering Network Disabled Following Two “Incredibly Serious” Cyber Attacks. http://google.com/newsstand/s/CBIwkJ3-8hI
Juice Box is a virtual machine designed for programming workshops. http://jpadilla.github.io/juicebox/
Mozilla utilizes open education resources to improve participation | Opensource.com https://opensource.com/education/15/3/mozilla-community-education
How one professor saves students millions with his shared textbooks, an Interview with David Lippman of Pierce College | Opensource.com. https://opensource.com/education/15/3/interview-david-lippman-pierce-college
Lippman is also the creator of IMathAS, an open source, web based assessment system written in PHP.
UberStudent is a customized, Linux distribution for education | Opensource.com https://opensource.com/education/15/3/uberstudent-linux-education
[W]hat’s going on here? A few things:
1) Most educators don’t know squat about IT. …
2) The management standards just aren’t there yet. …
3) The content makers privilege DRM protection over usability. …
4) The price is prohibitive. …
Debating the Digital Textbook Issue—Again « TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics.
The article looks at a couple of recent pieces on the ongoing debate about the actual value of digital textbooks. While I think there is a future in digital course materials, it is likely that the current models of providing digital textbooks are doomed mainly for the 4 reasons cited in the article.
I believe the future of digital course and learning resources isn’t in the poor replication of the print books on DRM locked proprietary platforms that place profit over education but in the creation of new all digital resources created with education and learning in mind, not investor profits.