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OpenDSA: An open source active eTextbook project
Submitted by shaffer on 30 July 2011 - 11:29pm
We are pleased to announce the start of a new project to provide algorithm visualization to the CS education community. OpenDSA seeks make available a complete active electronic textbook for data structures and algorithms courses.
Our fundamental premises are:
- This is an open source, creative commons collaborative. We hope that many people will eventually participate and contribute.
- All materials are modiﬁable and replaceable. You can pick and choose what you can make use of. Thus, the infrastructure that we use needs to support a creative commons where users can put together those pieces that they want to use to create teaching resources.
- Our hypertextbook vision tightly integrates
- textbook-quality text and graphics with
- interactive visualizations and exercises
- assessment support.
Its not a hypertextbook without all three of those components.
The eventual goal is complete materials that instructors can use to teach a topic or an entire course.
For an overview of the project vision, see:
C.A. Shaffer, T.L. Naps, and E. Fouh, Truly Interactive Textbooks for Computer Science Education, in Proceedings of the Sixth Program Visualization Workshop, June 30, 2011, Darmstadt, Germany.
We invite you to join the project!