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Learning management systems and the realities of using open source software ARTICLE

, Massey University

Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning Volume 9, Number 1, ISSN 1179-7665 e-ISSN 1179-7665 Publisher: Distance Education Association of New Zealand

Abstract

Open source software has gained prominence thanks to the Internet and the ability to establish communities, share ideas, and distribute software. It embraces the academic ideals of cooperation and knowledge sharing, as well as being seen to have a low Total Cost of Ownership, greater flexibility, and adaptability. However, many projects have been created from funding that sees their success dependent upon financial support, while the voluntary nature of developer involvement means projects are susceptible to internal politics. Those contemplating an open source Learning Management System should look at its history, community, and technical requirements, as well as reflect upon the stability of commercial software alternatives.

Citation

Roy, P. (2005). Learning management systems and the realities of using open source software. Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning, 9(1), 5-14. Distance Education Association of New Zealand. Retrieved October 19, 2017 from .

This record was imported from the Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning on June 27, 2014. [Original Record]

The Journal of Open, Flexible, and Distance Learning is a publication of New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning (DEANZ).

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