A-Frame, the WebVR framework for creating 3D visualizations

Building interactive VR objects and environments for course materials or as course assignments has gotten much easier with the development of web frameworks such as A-Frame. This framework leverages WebVR and WebGL APIs using a markup language that should be … Continue reading A-Frame, the WebVR framework for creating 3D visualizations

Open-Source Textbooks Aim to Curb Education Costs

A recent article appearing in The New York Times highlights progress in the open-source textbook movement by Connexions, “a dynamic digital educational ecosystem” based at Rice University in Houston. Over the next few months, Connexions, via OpenStax College, will provide an initial offering of freely available textbooks covering physics, sociology, introductory biology, anatomy, and physiology. Connexions’ director, Richard Baraniuk, said, “if we capture just 10 percent of the market with these first five textbooks” students in the United States could save $90 million over the next five years. The content, provided using an open license, will allow faculty to freely customize … Continue reading Open-Source Textbooks Aim to Curb Education Costs