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101 Lectures for Your Open Source Education

By Amber Hensley

As a college student, open source philosophy has a lot to offer you. You can not only take advantage of the great resources open source has, but also become a part of a movement that shares more freedom of ideas. Students can even take advantage of open source resources while completing affordable online college degree programs. In these lectures, you’ll learn more about the open source philosophy and what it can be used for.

Introduction & Philosophy

Check out these lectures to get an introduction to open source.

  1. The Future of Ideas: View this lecture to learn about the future of innovation with open source in mind. [Lessig]
  2. Code, Culture, and Cash: David Lancashire lectures on the fading altruism of open source development. [First Monday]
  3. What is Open Access, Anyhow?: Find out what open access is from Richard E. Luce. [Berkeley]
  4. Open Source and the Social Web: Learn about building community around your open source brand from this presentation. [Digital Bomb]
  5. Introduction to Open Source: View this presentation to get an introduction to open source. [Silliman]
  6. How to Start an Open Source Project: You can learn about getting started with an open source project through this lecture. [Carnegie Mellon]
  7. Open Source Development and Distribution of Digital Information: View the technical, economic, social, and legal perspectives in open source. [Berkeley]
  8. Second-Generation Open Access: Learn about building open content from this webcast. [Oxford]
  9. The Anarchist in the Library: Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan discusses the moral panics over copyright and free speech. [Library of Congress]
  10. A Fair(y) Use Tale: Check out A Fair(y) Use Tale to get an education in fair use. [Novell]
  11. Open Source Questions and Answers: Chris Pirillo answers questions about open source in this video. [Pirillo]
  12. Free Speech Movement at 40: This webcast of a free speech rally celebrates many of the same principles as open source. [Berkeley]
  13. Openness as an Ethos: James Surowiecki lectures on the wisdom of crowds here. [Berkeley]
  14. Open Dissemination and Access to Information: Check out this lecture to learn about open dissemination and access to information. [Michigan]
  15. Free/Libre Software and Open Source Software, Survey and Study: See researched information about free/libre software in this lecture. [Infonomics]
  16. Open Source Reality: Get a look into digital natives and open source in this lecture. [Library of Congress]


These lectures offer a look into how open source affects media. Students may even take advantage of these resources while completing master’s degrees in media studies.

  1. Alternative Compensation Systems for Digital Entertainment: Check out this lecture, and you’ll learn about a variety of alternative compensation systems for digital entertainment. [Duke]
  2. The Economics of Film and Television: In this lecture, you will learn about the economics of film and television with open source philosophy in mind. [Berkeley]
  3. The Economics of the Music Industry: This lecture offers a look into music industry economics. [Berkeley]
  4. Copyright Applied to Music, Computer, Napster, Peer to Peer File Sharing: Follow this lecture to learn about copyright for media. [MIT]
  5. Open Source at the BBC: Find out why and how the BBC uses open source in this presentation. [BBC]
  6. The New Economics of Gaming: Through this lecture, you’ll get a look into the economics of gaming post open source. [Berkeley]
  7. Massively Multiplayer Open Source Game Development: See the dynamics of creating massively multiplayer open source games in this talk. [Google Talks]
  8. Musicians in Copyright’s Federated Domain: Get an understanding of copyright for music from this lecture. [Duke]


Check out these lectures, and you’ll see how open source can be used in software. Open source lectures like these are a great complement to an online degree program in software engineering.

  1. Open Source Software: You’ll get an introduction to Open Source Software in this lecture. [CERN]
  2. Making Open Source Work: Get an introduction to open source software in this presentation. [J Aaron Farr]
  3. How Open Source Project Survive Poisonous People: In this video, you’ll learn how open source projects make it through poisonous people. [Google Talks]
  4. Richard Stallman Speaking About Open Source: This video features Richard Stallman, a prominent programmer in open source. [YouTube]
  5. What’s In It for Me?: View this video to find out about the benefits of open sourcing code. [Google Talks]
  6. BioPerl: Developing Open Source Software: Jason Stajich explains the development of BioPerl. [Duke]
  7. Open Source Enterprise: This presentation considers how IT firms can accomplish customers’ needs with open source. [Roberto Galoppini]
  8. How Open Source Software Works: In this lecture, Karim Lakhani explains how open source software works. [MIT]
  9. The Future of Software is Open Source: Watch this video to learn about the future of open source software. [Pirillo]


Find out how open source is valuable to education through these lectures. Lectures such as these can be particularly valuable to teachers completing degrees in educational technology.

  1. Case Study: The MIT OpenCourseWare Story: Find out how MIT’s OpenCourseWare makes a difference in education. [MIT]
  2. The Economics of Knowledge as a Public Good: Find out about knowledge as a public good from this lecture. [Berkeley]
  3. Goodbye, textbooks; hello, open source learning: Learn about the vision behind Richard Baraniuk’s Connexions at Rice University. [TED]
  4. Free and Open Source for Education: Here you’ll find a quick presentation on Web 2.0 and open source software that’s useful for education. [University of Central Missouri]
  5. The eXtensible Catalog: View this lecture to learn about revealing library collections through collaborative open source technology. [Library of Congress]
  6. Learning the Open Source Way: Learn about the FLOSS approach to education in this presentation. [FLOSScom]
  7. Opportunities & Challenges of Open Source: This course explores the lessons learned in deploying an open source education initiative. [Berkeley]
  8. strong>The Economics of Open Archives, Museums, and Libraries: This lecture explains why open archives, museums, and libraries are important. [Berkeley]
  9. Fostering OpenCourseWare: Find out about using OpenCourseWare in local and global communities from this lecture. [MIT]
  10. Books and Libraries in the Digital Age: This lecture takes a modern look at books and libraries. [MIT]
  11. The Economics of Open Courseware: This lecture explains the economics surrounding open courseware. [Berkeley]
  12. Open and Collaborative Research: Arti Rai discusses open and collaborative research for biomedicine. [SSRN]


Study these lectures to see how open source relates to users.

  1. Many Users Innovate: Maybe Even You: Get a glimpse into the concept of user-created content with this lecture. [MIT]
  2. Innovate or Buy?: Find out why it can be smarter for users to create or customize for themselves. [MIT]
  3. Open Source Democracy: Learn about the interactive nature of open source in this lecture. [Douglas Rushkoff]
  4. Open Source Parenting: Find out how parents are using open source with Sara Boettiger and Dan Burk. [SSRN]
  5. Why Users Often Freely Reveal Their Innovations: This lecture explains why users give away innovations that they have spent time and money to create. [MIT]
  6. The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom: Check out this lecture to get a look into social production. [Berkeley]

Business & Economics

These lectures explain how open source can help business and economics thrive. Such lectures may be of particular interest to students completing an online business degree.

  1. How Can Manufacturers Make Money if Users are the Innovators?: Read this lecture to find out how manufacturers can make money with users as innovators. [MIT]
  2. The Economics of Open Text: In this lecture, you’ll learn about the economics of open text. [Berkeley]
  3. Making Money from Open Source Hardware: Check out this lecture, and you’ll learn about making money from open source hardware. [David Mellis]
  4. New Models of Creative Production in the Digital Age: Paul Courant and Eric von Hippel explain new creative production models. [Berkeley]
  5. Open Source Software in Business: This presentation explains the advantages of open source software in business. [University of Houston]
  6. Open Source Business Models: View this presentation to learn about open source business models with a Wall Street perspective. [Brent Williams]
  7. Business Interests in Open Content: In this lecture, you’ll find out how open content is relevant to business interests. [Berkeley]
  8. IP and Licensing Strategy for Open Source Companies: This presentation explains how to implement your open source business strategy through your legal strategy. [DLA Piper]
  9. Open Access, or Making Money Openly: Learn about open access from this lecture. [MIT]
  10. Middleware the Open Source Way: Find out about business opportunities in middleware. [LinuxWorld]
  11. The Economics of Open (Free Software: In this lecture, you’ll learn about free software economics from Richard Stallman. [Berkeley]
  12. Collaboration and the Marketplace: In this lecture, you’ll find out about the place of collaboration in the market. [Berkeley]
  13. Open Source Economics: Yochai Benkler offers this lecture that explains how collaborative open source projects are the next stage of human organization. [TED]
  14. Cooperation Across Institutions and Industries: Find out how institutions and industries need to work together to promote open source from this lecture. [Berkeley]
  15. The Economics of the Public Domain: David Pierce offers a look into the economics of public domain in this lecture. [Berkeley]
  16. The Marketing of Free Software: This lecture explains how open source companies can complete with the marketing efforts of big companies. [Open of Course]
  17. The Commercial Software Model: This lecture explains the model of commercial software business. [Microsoft]
  18. How Manufacturers Can Benefit from Distributed Innovation: Darren Carroll, CEO of InnoCentive, shares how InnoCentive benefits from distributed innovation. [MIT]

Law & Politics

These lectures will help you consider the legal and political implications of open source.

  1. Politics and Programming: Check out this lecture to learn about government preferences for promoting open source software. [Brookings]
  2. Copyright Background: This lecture explains the background of copyright. [Michigan]
  3. The Internet Meets the US Constitution: Find out what happens when the Internet meets the Constitution by checking out this lecture. [MIT]
  4. The Technology of Copyright: Digital Rights Management: This lecture discusses digital rights management in copyright. [Library of Congress]
  5. Open Source Biology: The Role of Law: In this lecture, you’ll get an understanding of the way law affects open source biology. [Duke]
  6. Making Sense of Open Source Licenses: Learn about open source licenses in this presentation. [ApacheCon]
  7. Legal Implications of Open Source Software: David McGowan explains the legal issues of open source software. [SSRN]
  8. Democratizing Innovation and Norms-based Intellectual Property Rights: Get a look into democratized innovation with Professor Eric von Hippel. [Duke]
  9. Creative Commons and Authors: View this lecture to find out about authors and Creative Commons. [Duke]
  10. The Limits of Open Code: Lawrence Lessig explains regulatory standards and the future of the Internet. [Berkeley]
  11. Intro to IP/Info Law: Check out this lecture to learn about intellectual property and information law. [Michigan]
  12. Open Networks and Open Society: Learn about the relationship between freedom, law, and technology in this lecture. [MIT]
  13. Perspectives on the Central Role of Open Source Code for Participatory Governance: This lecture discusses open governance, human laws, and coded conditionals. [MIT]
  14. Copyright Liberties: View this lecture from Professor Jessica Litman to understand copyright liberties. [Duke]
  15. Enclosures of the Mind: Governing the Intellectual Commons: Professor Michael Mainelli shares the issues of intellectual property appropriation. [Gresham]
  16. Introduction to the US Legal System: Study the US legal system with open source in mind through this lecture. [Michigan]
  17. We Don’t Provide That Service: The Economic Irrationality of Copyright Rules on the Internet: This lecture offers a look into Creative Commons. [Duke]
  18. First Amendment Primer: Learn about the First Amendment as it relates to open source in this lecture. [Michigan]

Using Open Source

Learn about the applications of open source in these lectures.

  1. Free/Open Source Integrated Library Management Systems: This presentation offers a comparative analysis of Koha, PhpMylibrary, and OpenBiblio. [Asian School of Business]
  2. Open-source architecture to house the world: This lecture explains how architects can use open source to respond to world housing crises. [TED]
  3. Open Science and Scientific Publishing: Here you’ll find a discussion of using open science and scientific publishing. [MIT]
  4. Open Source for Youth: This presentation shares free online and open source software for working with youth and teens. [IMGTeched]
  5. Open Source Software for Nonprofit Organizations: View this presentation, and you’ll learn about using open source software in nonprofit organizations. [Andy Wolber and Francis Glorie]
  6. Open Source Food and Genetic Engineering: Find out the ideas Michael Pollan has for open source genetic engineering. [ForaTv]
  7. Open Source for Tech Writing Teams: This presentation explains how to create supporting technical documentation by using open source tools. [Lars Trieloff]
  8. Open Source Project Tools for Corporate Projects?: Find out about open source project tools for corporate projects in this presentation. [ApacheCon]
  9. Adopting Open Source Web Applications: View this presentation, and you’ll learn about adopting open source web applications for small businesses and organizations. [SlideShare]
  10. Open Source Free Software: Check out this video to get a guide to open source alternatives to popular tools. [CNET]
  11. Leveraging Open Source for Managing Complex Business Processes: This presentation will show you how to use open source in business. [SugarCRM]
  12. Android Open Source Project: Learn about the Android Open Source Project from this video. [Android]
  13. Public Access to Digital Materials: Brewster Kahle explains why and how public access to digital materials works. [Library of Congress]
  14. Must-Have Open Source Applications: In this presentation, you’ll learn about three essential open source applications. [Open Sourcery]

July 22nd, 2009 written by Staff Writers

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