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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 do they get the third part x = (32)5/4
kinnecy Reply
can someone help me with some logarithmic and exponential equations.
Jeffrey Reply
sure. what is your question?
okay, so you have 6 raised to the power of 2. what is that part of your answer
I don't understand what the A with approx sign and the boxed x mean
it think it's written 20/(X-6)^2 so it's 20 divided by X-6 squared
I'm not sure why it wrote it the other way
I got X =-6
ok. so take the square root of both sides, now you have plus or minus the square root of 20= x-6
oops. ignore that.
so you not have an equal sign anywhere in the original equation?
Commplementary angles
Idrissa Reply
im all ears I need to learn
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what is a good calculator for all algebra; would a Casio fx 260 work with all algebra equations? please name the cheapest, thanks.
Kevin Reply
a perfect square v²+2v+_
Dearan Reply
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Abdirahman Reply
algebra 2 Inequalities:If equation 2 = 0 it is an open set?
Kim Reply
or infinite solutions?
The answer is neither. The function, 2 = 0 cannot exist. Hence, the function is undefined.
Embra Reply
if |A| not equal to 0 and order of A is n prove that adj (adj A = |A|
Nancy Reply
rolling four fair dice and getting an even number an all four dice
ramon Reply
Kristine 2*2*2=8
Bridget Reply
Differences Between Laspeyres and Paasche Indices
Emedobi Reply
No. 7x -4y is simplified from 4x + (3y + 3x) -7y
Mary Reply
is it 3×y ?
Joan Reply
J, combine like terms 7x-4y
Bridget Reply
how do you translate this in Algebraic Expressions
linda Reply
Need to simplify the expresin. 3/7 (x+y)-1/7 (x-1)=
Crystal Reply
. After 3 months on a diet, Lisa had lost 12% of her original weight. She lost 21 pounds. What was Lisa's original weight?
Chris Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
many many of nanotubes
what is the k.e before it land
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
I'm interested in nanotube
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
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
what is system testing
what is the application of nanotechnology?
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
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
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
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
I'm interested in Nanotube
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
Prasenjit Reply
At high concentrations (>0.01 M), the relation between absorptivity coefficient and absorbance is no longer linear. This is due to the electrostatic interactions between the quantum dots in close proximity. If the concentration of the solution is high, another effect that is seen is the scattering of light from the large number of quantum dots. This assumption only works at low concentrations of the analyte. Presence of stray light.
Ali Reply
the Beer law works very well for dilute solutions but fails for very high concentrations. why?
bamidele Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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