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World Innovation Summit for Education recognizes Connexions as leader in education
The World Innovation Summit for Education, an initiative of the Qatar Foundation, has chosen Rice University’s Connexions as a winner of the 2011 WISE Awards. The award recognizes projects that have had exceptional impact on education.
Connexions: Teaching at Any Level

Catherine (Kitty) Schmidt-Jones has published seven courses and more than 80 modules for Connexions. She uses some of the content in her own teaching of K-12 students, but she said one of the most gratifying parts of her experience with Connexions has been the feedback she has received from others. She has received e-mail from people in the rural United States, Morocco, Uruguay, and Uganda.

Ground Breaking Multimedia Enhances DSP Education through Connexions

Professor Ed Doering of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology presents a Connexions multimedia tour of musical synthesis and signal processing using LabVIEW.

Connecting with Music

Composition Professor Anthony Brandt was looking for a way to interweave music and text to form a truly interactive music appreciation course.

"At first, I thought a CD-ROM might be the best medium. However, when I learned about Connexions, I realized that its flexibility, potential to grow, and universal reach made it ideal."

Online Is the Future of Education

Online information is a very important part of the future of education according to Bill Wilson, Connexions author and a professor in the Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) Department at Rice University. "Online is where the kids (students) get everything," said Bill. "I do not see why all educational material cannot go online. That is where the kids go to get information."

Digital Aids Enhance Learning Process

People from 157 countries access Connexions for its scholarly content. Authors from many different countries publish their content in Connexions. One such author is Anders Gjendemsjø, a Doctoral Fellow in Trondheim, Norway, at the Institutt for elektronikk og telekommunikasjon (Department of Electronics and Telecommunication) at the NTNU Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet (Norwegian University of Science and Technology).

Joy of Sharing Attracts Author to Connexions

In 2003 Davide Rocchesso was searching the Internet for signal processing content and browsing sites that talked about free publishing and Creative Commons when he discovered Connexions. Davide, an associate professor of Computer Science at the University of Verona, Italy, decided that Connexions was where he wanted to publish material for his classes. Several advantages of Connexions appealed to Davide, including the availability of MathML for formulas and equations, the ability to include various types of media, the ease of generating PDF files for printing, the possibility to build on someone else’s content, and the joy of sharing.

Searching for a Better Way to Reach Students in Science and Engineering
Petroleum engineer Sunil Kumar Singh, from New Delhi, India, wanted to contribute to his community through his love of basic science and engineering.

He sought to "transform the way education is imparted", but realized quickly how difficult it can be for individual projects to make a global impact. Then he found the Connexions community.

Bringing Engineering Material to Latin America

Ricardo von Borries is using Connexions to bring digital signal processing content to engineering students in Latin America. Ricardo, an assistant professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), is leading a team that is translating two digital signal processing (DSP) Connexions courses from English to Spanish.

Innovative Author Meets California Free Digital Textbook Initiative

Connexions author Kenny Felder has textbook reviewed, accepted as part of California's Free Digital Textbook Initiative.