09 novembre 2013

OpenMOOC: A new open source MOOC platform

http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcTDL-Bxz-iswsITiqg2GepFioSBaLaxRPL-QKKP2aL7LMGRnpgYMp-fHG8The platform is completely open-source and offers the fundamental features of a MOOC:

Identity Provider: Students can register and create a user identity for the course.

Video: video content is streamed from YouTube and can be integrated with documents, teacher’s remarks, and the discussion forum. The content is available from any kind of internet-connected device.

Modules: the courses are broken down into “knowledge pills” which consist of a short video accompanied by supplementary materials, such as documents, links, or exercises. The pills can be used as homework or exams by configuring the deadlines and whether or not students can see the answers.

Discussion forum: Each course has associated an intelligent discussion forum where students and teachers can discuss and collaborate.

Askbot: A question and answer platform for direct communication between the teachers and students.

Several organizations are already using OpenMOOC, notably the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia. The OpenMOOC website includes the project documentation, roadmap, blog, and download and setup instructions. The source code is hosted on GitHub and programmers are welcome to contribute patches, create a fork of the project on GitHub and submit a pull request. To find out more about the platform and its features, please visit the OpenMOOC website.

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