ECE Distinguished Lecture: Disruptive Innovation Via Open Education Resources

Nov 28

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

4:35 pm - 5:35 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A


Richard Baraniuk, Ph.D., Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Rice University

A grassroots movement is sweeping through the academic world. The "open access movement" is based on a set of intuitions that are shared by a remarkably wide range of academics: that knowledge should be free and open to use and re-use; that collaboration should be easier, not harder; that people should receive credit and kudos for contributing to education and research; and that concepts and ideas are linked in unusual and surprising ways and not the simple linear forms that traditional media present. In this talk, I will overview the past, present, and future of the open access education movement in the context of Connexions (, which invites authors, educators, and learners worldwide to "create, rip, mix, and burn" textbooks, courses, and learning materials, OpenStax College (, a free textbook publishing project for college courses, and OpenStax Tutor(, an open access homework, assessment, and personalized learning system.


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