Wolfram Library Archive

Courseware Demos MathSource Technical Notes
All Collections Articles Books Conference Proceedings
Title Downloads

Connexions--An Open-Access Educational Repository

Richard Baraniuk
Organization: Rice University

2007 Wolfram Technology Conference
Conference location

Champaign, IL


A grassroots movement is sweeping through the academic world. The "open access movement" is based on a set of intuitions that are shared by a remarkably wide range of academics: that knowledge should be free and open to use and re-use; that collaboration should be easier, not harder; that people should receive credit and kudos for contributing to education and research; and that concepts and ideas are linked in unusual and surprising ways and not the simple linear forms that traditional media present. Open access draws inspiration from the open-source software movement (Linux, for example) and is enabled by recent developments in information technology, in particular the Internet and World Wide Web.

This talk will overview Connexions (cnx.org), a non-profit start-up launched at Rice University in 1999 that aims to reinvent how we write, edit, publish, and use textbooks and course materials. Connexions is a rapidly growing collection of free, open-access educational materials and an open-source software toolkit to help authors publish and collaborate, instructors rapidly build and share custom courses, and students explore the links among concepts, courses, and disciplines. All content is encoded in XML and MathML, which enables streamlined web and print rendering and, more importantly, many opportunities for creating and interacting with the content--particularly in programs like Mathematica.

Connexions is internationally focused, interdisciplinary, and grassroots organized. Each month, over half a million users from 200 countries participate in a worldwide community in a growing number of languages and in fields ranging from music to mathematics and computer science to biodiversity.

*Information Science and Technology > Internet > XML
*Information Science and Technology > Mathematical Typesetting > MathML
*Wolfram Technology
*Wolfram Technology > Programming



Connexions.pdf (2.6 MB) - PDF Document