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Building "Open" Frameworks for Education


The authors advocate an open-source framework for learning management systems and other educational technologies.

Jeffrey W. Merriman

Associate Director, OEIT


Phillip D. Long

Phillip Long is a Professor of Innovation in Educational Technology at the University of Queensland, Australia, and a Visiting Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the Center for Educational Computing Initiatives. At UQ he is the founding director of the Center for Educational Innovation and Technology and eLearning strategist. His portfolio at UQ includes research, development and evaluation of innovative uses of technology for research and higher/tertiary education. While at MIT he led the outreach effort projects that emerged from the MIT iCampus project.and ntegrate MIT iCampus technologies into the MIT learning experience.

His current research interests focus on designing learning spaces to support active learning, emerging technologies, the use of virtual worlds, and digital tools that extend understanding of the physical world.

Dr. Long's professional activities are numerous: New Media Consortium Board (2006-09), former chair of the NMC Board, NMC Project Horizon (2005 to present), NMC Project Horizon.au (2008) , 2006 Syllabus Conference Campus Host, 2006, the SAC Program Committee (2005-07, 06 Chair), Adobe Higher Education Advisory Board (2007 to present), Steven's Institute of Technology WebCampus board, past member of the US Army Distance Learning Subcommittee, MIT DSpace Policy Committee and many others.

Dr. Long is also a Senior Associate with the TLT Group, a non-profit dedicated to improve teaching and learning by making more appropriate and cost-effective use of information technology.

Dr. Long is a lapsed behavioral ecologist, having studied birds from the north slope of Alaska to the coast of Patagonia. His area of research was the evolution of mating systems and the biological bases for cooperation. He continues to enjoy birding and adding to his life list when his is not pursuing his other hobbies of sailing and running.


M. S. Vijay Kumar

Dr. Vijay Kumar is Assistant Provost and Director of Academic Computing at MIT. Through these roles he influences the Institute's strategic focus on educational technology and promotes the effective integration of information technology in MIT education. Vijay provides strategic leadership for units engaged in delivering infrastructure and services to support educational technology activities at MIT: Academic Computing in Information Systems and Technology as well as the Academic Media Production Services (AMPS).

Vijay is the Principal Investigator of O.K.I (Open Knowledge Initiative), an MIT-led collaborative project to develop an open architecture for enterprise educational applications.

Vijay is a member of the Advisory Committee for MIT OpenCourseware (OCW) and the steering committee for I-Campus. He is a member of MIT’s Council on Educational Technology.

Vijay is a member of the Applications Strategy Council for Internet2.

His extensive engagement with professional organizations has included serving on the governing boards of the Seminars on Academic Computing (past Chair), the New England Regional Computing Program, NERCOMP (past Chair) and the Corporation for Research and Educational Networking (CREN); membership on the advisory groups of Apple Computer, CISCO, NIIT, India and the Smart Node (Cornell Supercomputing Facility, Senior Associate in the American Association for Higher Education's Teaching Learning and Technology Group), as well as serving on various EDUCAUSE committees.

Vijay serves as a consultant/advisor to several higher educational institutions, national as well as international agencies. He frequently makes presentations on topics related to the planning, management and application of IT to education.

Vijay's doctorate in Education (Future Studies, focusing on educational computing and planning for technological innovations in education) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst is preceded by a MS in Industrial Management and a B. Tech. in Chemical Engineering, both from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Madras.


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