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Open Distribution of Virtual Containers as a Key Framework for Open Educational Resources and STEAM Subjects, Alberto Corbi, Daniel Burgos, Electronic Journal of E-Learning, May 12, 2017
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This paper (11 page PDF) covers an important topic and is one of the first detailed descriptions I've seen (not that others don't exist). The idea, in a nutshell, is that future OER distribution will be greatly enhanced by the use of virtualized containers. I've mentioned this a few times recently, referring to providers such as Vagrant or Docker. An example of this sort of thing in action is the Moodle in a box distributions that have been developed over the last five years. &... [Direct Link]


Getting Web Services Up and Running on Amazon Web Services (AWS) Using Vagrant and the AWS CLI, Tony Hirst, OUseful Info, Apr 06, 2017
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This is the sort of stuff I've been working on recently. This is a particularly useful project: "here’s an example of how to get a browser based application up and running on EC2 using vagrant from the command line." The description is pretty detailed and is probably not for everyone. But the main point here is that this type of server virtualization is the wave of the future - and (more importantly) is what will enable the next wave of personal web presences (I'm not really ... [Direct Link]


Struggling = Learning, Karl Kapp, Kapp Notes, Jan 24, 2017
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Papert called it "hard fun". We;ll, it has been fun but I've been swearing a lot recently. Getting to understand technologies like Docker and Vagrant - and all the associated middleware and protocols and conventions - has been a lot to undertake. I have a simple objective to start - create an image of gRSShopper and serve it from AWS. Why do it it this way? Why not just study what I need? Because if I want to truly understand it I have to build it. That's the point of Karl Kapp's ... [Direct Link]


Leiden University MOOC scripts available for Download, Jasper Ginn, Leiden University, May 31, 2015
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It's perhaps a bit ironic that "working with Coursera export data can be a bit daunting, especially when you are working with relatively ‘difficult’ clickstream or text data." Nonetheless, a script to export this data is now available, thanks to the University of Leiden. Jasper Ginn writes, "our git repository contains R and Python scripts that aid in the storage, extraction and pre-processing of raw Coursera MOOC data. It further contains a Vagrant virtual box which sets ... [Direct Link]