We propose this grant to Rice University to design and rebuild the Connexions platform, using scalable 2011 technologies to make the software open source and freely available to all OER projects. The new platform, based exclusively on open source software and implemented using the Google App Engine, Google Docs, and other Google tools, will immediately accelerate the pace and broaden the impact of the OER movement. This project is being cofunded with Google and the Open Society Institute.
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Grants to this Grantee
for building the field for partnership research
The National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships at Rice University is a professional learning community supporting collaboration among researchers and practitioners working in education. The group will work with Stanford University; the University of Colorado, Boulder; and the National Center for Research in Policy and Practice to build capacity in the field for partnership research. The goal is to make educational research more useful and impactful and ultimately to support equitable outcomes in education. (Strategy: K-12 Teaching and Learning)
for creating free open community college textbooks
We propose a renewal grant to the OpenStax project at Rice University to continue developing market-quality, peer-reviewed open textbooks. This large-scale effort, co-funded by the Michelson, Gates, Arnold, and Maxfield foundations, would provide market-quality open textbooks for the twenty-five community college courses in highest demand. In addition, OpenStax is partnering with a number of for-profit companies for distribution. This renewal would support Phase 3 of the project, building the next ten textbooks for a total of twenty open textbooks covering twenty-five semesters of material.