Connexions is a non-profit start-up launched at Rice University in 1999 that aims to reinvent how we write, edit, publish, and use textbooks and other learning materials. It is a web-based document creation and management system for education and research materials. There are two parts to Connexions: a Content Commons that contains these materials and the software tools necessary to create, manage, and access these materials. In Connnexions, everyone is free to create educational materials and contribute them to the repository, to copy the material and customize it, to mix the material together into new books and courses, to create finished products like e-learning web courses, CDroms, and even printed books. All of this is accomplished using open-access software tools and free-use material through the Creative Commons Attribution license. Connexions is not a tool for creating lesson plans and it is not a container for course syllabuses. Before you begin using the Connexions system, you should verify that you have all of the necessary software. Visit the Connexions Quick Start Guide for a listing of the software that you will need and the links to help you download it.
Word doc, PDF
Acrobat Reader; MS PowerPoint; Open Office, Adobe Flash Player
Level – K-12 (primary, secondary); university; graduate level; Lifelong Learning.
Lecture notes, lecture slides, video presentations, course references (journal papers, conference papers); code examples; course projects; software to be used in a course; course outlines
Afrikaans; Arabic; Chinese; Danish; English; French; Spanish; Vietnamese
BCIT; Houston Community College; Rice University; The Ohio State University; University of California Berkeley; University of Cambridge; University of Illinois; Virginia Tech; Washington and Jefferson College;
- Create – in Connnexions, everyone is free to create educational materials and contribute them to the repository.
- Rip – in Connexions, everyone is free to copy the material and customize it
- Mix – in Connexions, everyone is free to mix the material together into new books and courses.
- Burn – in Connexions, everyone is free to create finished products like e-learning web courses, CDroms, and even printed books.