MOOCs represent the latest stage in the evolution of open educational resources. Here, the most important points will be shown: a turning point will occur in the higher education model when a MOOC-based program of study leads to a degree from an accredited institution, a trend that has already begun to develop; addressing the quality of the learning experience that MOOCs provide is therefore of paramount importance to their credibility and acceptance; MOOCs represent a postindustrial model of teaching and learning that has the potential to undermine and replace the business model of institutions that depend on recruiting and retaining students for location-bound, proprietary forms of campus-based learning.
Copyright 2013 James Mazoue. Article first published in Educause Review, Jan.-Febr. 2013, as open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Licence.
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Much has happened since the 2004 prognostications of my EDUCAUSE Review article “Open Source 2007: How Did This Happen?” (Wheeler, 2004). The article peered into the future through the lens of two possible outcomes for open-source application software by 2007. In the first scenario, higher education and commercial firms overcame many challenges to evolve a new “community source” model for developing and sustaining enterprise-scale, quality software. In the second scenario, the obstacles for collaboration and coordination of investments were simply too great: institutions could not find ways to agree. The article thesis asserted that the actual outcome for 2007 would reflect the collective actions of colleges and universities. For those of us in higher education, it was our outcome to choose …
Article originally appeared in: “EDUCAUSE Review”, V. 42(2007), n. 1, pp. 48-67
TULP2G is a forensic software framework for acquiring and decoding data stored in electronic devices. The framework consists of a layered architecture with communication, protocol, conversion, and export plug-ins to acquire, decode, and report evidence in customizable layouts. All acquired data is stored in an XML formatted evidence file along with information for auditing purposes. XML files can also be used to customize the framework with different user interface languages. A profile mechanism is built in to save and load framework configuration settings for common investigations.
Conversion and export plug-ins can also be used to decode data acquired with other data acquisition methods. TULP2G is implemented in C# using .NET1.1 and released under a BSD license. All software, including source code is available at http://tulp2g.sourceforge.net/. Currently available plug-ins are mainly targeted towards GSM phone examinations, but the applied open source strategy tries to stimulate other parties in developing more examination functionality.
Article originally appeared in: “International Journal of Digital Evidence”, V. 4(2005), n. 2. Reprinted with permission of the author and the publisher.
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