Higher education can now tap into an explosion of educational resources that are free to view, download and modify. That's disruptive to commercial textbooks, media and assessments.
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Another Rice University project, OpenStax College, aims to create complete, authoritative university textbooks for subjects starting with physics, sociology and biology. Basic downloads of these texts are free, and print-on-demand versions can be purchased inexpensively.
"Connexions is the largest OER repository in the world, and you can think of OpenStax College as a floor in this library," Connexions editor-in-chief David Harris said in a presentation at SXSWEdu. Part of the point is to establish a greater degree of credibility by thoroughly vetting these texts and making them easy for universities and professors to adopt. OpenStax also provides supporting materials such as presentations that a professor can download and modify for classroom use.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
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