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An overview of the Connexions Project and why you should consider being part of the solution by creating quality educational materials available free to the public.

Sharing knowledge

“Connexions is all about sharing knowledge.” Richard Baraniuk – Filmed presentation ,Feb 2006 at TED Ideas Worth Sharing conference Appropriate words from one of the founders of the Connexions Project at Rice University located in Houston, Texas, USA. As an electrical and computer engineering professor at Rice University, Dr. Richard Baraniuk understood that he would never get rich publishing a textbook in his area of expertise. He was more concerned at being able to share his knowledge in what can be described as a quick change field. Most of us understand how quickly the electrical (electronics) and computer field changes almost overnight.

From the Connexions web site: “Connexions is a web-based document creation and management system for education and research materials. There are two parts to Connexions: a Content Commons that contains these materials and the software tools necessary to create, manage, and access these materials.

From its inception, Connexions was designed to allow the collaborative development and free availability of material. Instructors and authors can modify this material for any educational purpose. Connexions offers Free/Open Source software tools to help students, instructors, and authors manage these information assets for sharing and advancing knowledge to benefit the global educational community.”

I like to refer to Connexions as an Internet web site with the software tools to allow the creation and use of a repository of instructional and research materials .

The creators of ideas, art, literature, music, etc. usually have an immediate “copyright” to their creative genius. The copyright laws are designed to protect the creator (or author) of the materials from having others make money from their creations as well as to protect their works from copycats (call a derivative work). The laws are centered in the protection of the creative work by allowing its originator to control their creation.

Some authors (or creators) are willing to share their creative works with certain limitations. This can be accomplished through the use of one of the Creative Commons Attribution Licenses which have an international recognition. The most liberal of these licenses allows others to freely use your creative works. The license conveys the ability for others to copy, adapt, distribute and transmit the work as long as they attribute (give you the original author credit for) the work in the manner specified by you, the author or licensor.

All contributed content to the Connexions repository is made using this most liberal of license arrangements. Connexions uses the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) License . The concept is to allow the greatest latitude in letting others use and improve on your works, that is your knowledge, your creative ideas. This philosophy of open sharing was re-confirmed at the Connexions Consortium’s 1 st Annual Meeting on February 1, 2010. To help emphasize the ability to remix or reuse existing content, the term “ Frictionless Reuse ” was coined by the President of the Connexions Consortium Board of Directors, Brad Wheeler Dr. Bradley C. Wheller – Biography at: (External Link) . Thus, users of the Connexions repository may become authors and freely use or improve (change) existing materials without worrying about copyright infringement .

Why you should contribute your materials to the connexions repository

Many reasons, but some of the best are:

  • Your desire to share your knowledge and ideas with the larger community of the world. Not everything in this world is driven by a profit or monetary incentive. Many desire to be simple positive contributors to society. Contributing your educational materials to Connexions allows other to build on your efforts.
  • You can work collaboratively with other authors in your field of expertise. This is a great opportunity to work with others in developing quality educational materials.
  • The Connexions Project has an ongoing commitment from many Open Educational Resource (OER) players to make Connexions a permanent part of the Internet landscape . Connexions is supported by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation , the Maxfield Foundation, and the Connexions Consortium , of which Rice University is a major contributor, and other sponsors . Simply put – Connexions should be here tomorrow and the day after.
  • The materials in the Connexions repository have “Google Karma”. To quote myself, “Connexions has connections”. Many Internet search engines, not just Google, have already recognized the importance and quality of the Connexions repository. This helps the general Internet population to find your quality educational materials .
  • Open-source learning is the wave of the future . If you are not convinced, see the approximately 18 minute recorded conference presentation by Dr. Richard Baraniuk at: (External Link)

Questions & Answers

how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
Tarell
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
Damian
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
Tarell
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
tahir
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
Cied
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
China
Cied
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
Porter
many many of nanotubes
Porter
what is the k.e before it land
Yasmin
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
Cesar
I'm interested in nanotube
Uday
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
AMJAD
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
AMJAD
what is system testing
AMJAD
what is the application of nanotechnology?
Stotaw
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
Azam
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
Prasenjit
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
Azam
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
Prasenjit
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
Damian
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
Damian
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
Azam
Hello
Uday
I'm interested in Nanotube
Uday
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
Prasenjit
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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Source:  OpenStax, Understanding the vision of connexions. OpenStax CNX. Feb 24, 2010 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col11187/1.1
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