Introduce the Open Source Community for Educational Learning Objects and Tools (OSCELOT) and share the efforts this group is undertaking to lead and support a community of open source developers and users.
Share ideas for how community developed open source projects and initiatives and discuss how Open Source solutions may benefit your institution
Show how leveraging the existing OSCELOT community may help bring those projects to fruition.
About Forward Looking Statements
We may make statements regarding our organization and service offering initiatives, including the content of future services, organization structure, or functionality in development. While such statements represent our current intentions, they may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available to the community.
OSCELOT is a community that collaboratively creates and supports innovative open source solutions for the challenges facing the eLearning community.
Collective Resources and Infrastructure: enables free and open source project creation and collaboration
Process and application of protocols provide a repeatable framework to support developers.
Assurance: lower adoption risks (and TCO) through community development and support.
Communities in Education
Growing community – hosting nearly 400 users and over 100 projects
several projects are in active release totaling over 6000 file downloads!
growing WebCT community!
Addition of desktop and web projects.
501(c)(3) tax exempt status granted January 2009
Welcome module for custom tabs, DLRecorder, Web Appointment Scheduling System, SIMILE Timeline, WebCT ProxyToolbox, Disk Usage Report, My Organizations Module, WebCT and QM Perception integration, CMS quota upload, Question Mark (Bb Vista Powerlink), VCMS QuestionMark (Bb Vista Powerlink)
Not sure you really want to get involved just yet?
Visit our websites to learn more about OSCELOT and try out many of the free tools we offer:
OSCELOT Community site
OSCELOT Projects site
Send email to info@os celot.org for general queries.
Smash and Grab
Seriously, Why not?
Value on Investment
Total Cost of Ownership
Ideas and Sharing
Community of support and collaboration
Discover that another institution is struggling with the same issue as you or has already developed a solution, and take advantage of the needs of the many and the power of scale.
Why Open Source
Community support and collaboration
Open Source Day
Why Open Source
Recognition and communication with partner institutions
Collaborative development reduces/supplements required tools or FTE
May be more likely to get internal funding if you can show you are getting matching or in-kind contributions from other institutions
Corporate partners like Learning Objects and Blackboard
Why Open Source
Collaborative Open Source Software Best examples are the Apache and Linux communities
Works best when:
Object is information or culture – low cost of participation and ease of access
Tasks can be chunked into independent pieces
The cost of integration (incl. leadership & QC) is low
OSCELOT provides services which enable this model!
Benefits for .edu
Harness external talent
Keep up with the users
Boost demand for complementary offerings
Shifts the locus of competition
Takes the friction out of collaboration
Developing social capital
Collaborative Open Source Software
Want to do a little more?
Join a project...
Don't consider yourself technical?
Projects need people to suggest functionality, test
beta versions, design nice graphics, write user
documentation in plain English...
Dipping your toe in the water
Become a member (it is free!)
OSCELOT is looking for sponsors and participants of all shapes and sizes
Start a new project
Donate existing code or ideas
Join projects that are under way
Code, documentation, support are all important contributions
Help plan the next Open Source Day event
Help improve and manage our technical infrastructure
Help us determine community needs/direction
Host an OSCELOT Event!
Join a Committee
More of a people person? Want to learn more? Discuss project ideas? Join with like-minded people at an OSCELOT event: Open Source Day (OSD) Actually 2 days, OSD 4.0 is being run immediately after the Developer's Conference Regional Events (Kindles) Organised on an ad hoc basis, often in response to local demands. Meet Face to Face
Community Collaboration offers the same key benefits of Open Source
Collaboration produces tools which meet the needs of more institutions
Collaboration develops a support network for developers and end users
We learn from each other
Who is OSCELOT?
Jan Day, Blackboard, Inc., USA Paul Erickson University Nebraska-Lincoln, USA Patricia Goldweic, Northwestern University, USA Derek Hamner, Learning Objects, Inc., USA Malcolm Murray, Durham University, UK Mark O'Neil, Dartmouth College, USA Stephen Vickers University of Edinburgh, UK Board Advisors Santo Nucifero, Seneca College, CA Board Members For more information v isit our websites: OSCELOT Community site http://www.oscelot.org OSCELOT Projects site http://projects.oscelo t.org Or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org Thank You!