Advantages and opportunities of free & open source software for education, example of the migration from a closed source to an open source e-learning platform (invited keynote)

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Free and Open Source software has roots in and similarities to academic research and education. In essence, Free and Open Source Software comes with licenses guaranteeing basic freedoms (or rights) for users and developers. These freedoms include the freedom to run the program for any reason, to study and modify the source code, to redistribute the source, and to share any modifications. In practice, the access to the source code allows peer review quality control, while the reuse of code (building knowledge upon existing knowledge) allows the most interesting Open Source projects to gather a community around them of enthusiastic and contributing users. This paper discusses also other significant benefits and explores briefly the wealth of (educational) Free and Open Source software.
E-learning platforms are becoming cornerstone infrastructure at universities. Rather than being simply customers and losing control with costly, inflexible and non-interoperable commercial or closed source e-learning platforms, it's better to be (contributing) users of an open system made by and for the users. In the paper is shown what has driven the Vrije Universiteit Brussel to migrate from a closed source to an Open Source e-learning platform (Dokeos). By investing the same amount of money in Open Source software (by substituting license costs for extra developers), one can get better integration between the e-learning platform and other campus information systems, and one is able to better fulfill the wishes of students and teachers or even get their participation in the development in the form of student projects. The development community has fostered new collaborations between the participating universities. Likewise, efforts to enable the sharing of learning objects or Open Courseware are growing.
Originele taal-2English
TitelProceedings of Fifth International Congress on Higher Education, Universidad 2006, Cuba
StatusPublished - 2006
EvenementUnknown - Stockholm, Sweden
Duur: 21 sep 200925 sep 2009

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NaamProceedings of Fifth International Congress on Higher Education, Universidad 2006, Cuba

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ConferenceUnknown
LandSweden
StadStockholm
Periode21/09/0925/09/09

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