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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 java.net. 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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A few months ago we ran a contest to suggest a new name for the GELC's new Website. Today the GELC Advisory Board's decision is officially out: the new name is Curriki. The new...

Forbes Magazine recently interviewed Scott McNealy, Sun Microsystem's Chairman, about the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC). From the...

contest.png To paraphrase William Gibson, the knowledge...

Four more projects are graduating from the GELC Community incubator today that fall under the general rubric of academic research, but are about as diverse an they could be....

Today four projects are graduating from the GELC Community incubator. They include an Eclipse plug-in, a dictionary prompter, a simple Swing user interface and a Java study group. Two of the...

This (Tuesday) morning, the Global Education and Learning Community (GELC) and Sun Microsystems announced that Dr. Barbara Kurshan had accepted the position of Executive Director of the GELC....

The CAS (Java Computer Algebra System) project is a polished and valuable tool for high school or college math classes. The applet is right on the CAS project...

The Learning Federation, a non-profit governmental initiative of Australia and New Zealand, has created remarkable Web-based materials for grades P-10. About 120 learning objects cover math,...

Several talks I attended this week touched on the important issue of online identity. A talk by Bill Yeager in the JXTA BOF...

In a session Thursday afternoon, Michael Kölling and John Rosenberg demonstrated
BlueJ, a Java IDE they had developed over the last seven years for teaching O-O
programming.

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...

So what is Open Course collaboration?