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Robert Stephenson

Rob Stephenson is an educator, eLearning architect and consultant living in San Francisco. He is Community Manager of the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) on In his spare time Rob is Assoc. Prof. of Biological Sciences at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI, where he has taught an online physiology class for the last seven years. Rob is a pioneer of the "open course" movement: applying the principles of openness and collaborative development to create interactive learning materials. He founded the first open course project, the Harvey Project, an international collaboration to build free learning objects for physiology (about half of them Java applet simulations). He is the organizer of OpenCourse.Org, an NSF-funded platform to support open course projects (think CollabNet or SourceForge for learning object developers). Rob holds an A.B. in physics from Princeton, a Ph.D. in neurophysiology from MIT and Java programming certification from Sun Microsystems.


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Java and Education: hacking StarOffice

Posted by rstephe on June 12, 2003 at 7:44 PM PDT

On their excellent presentation Tuesday afternoon, Jurgen Schmidt and Colm Smyth revealed (to me at least) that StarOffice has a Java programming API. How cool is
that! This open up a number of intriguing possibilities.

  • Controlling StarOffice
    programmatically(this could take care of writing “I will not
    talk in class” 100 times very nicely).

Java, Education and Open Course

Posted by rstephe on June 8, 2003 at 10:58 PM PDT

So what is Open Course collaboration?