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Open Source Learning Management Systems

September 28, 2011 by Kevin Hegg Canvas, Moodle, Open Source, Sakai 1 Comment

In response to the increasing demand for flexible, robust open source learning management systems, the number and variety of  “open source” offerings have increased in the last few years.  The following are among the most widely used in academia.
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Open Source Supplemental Reading

September 28, 2011 by Cheri Duncan Open Source No Comments

Aydin, Cansu Cigdem, and Guzin Tirkes. 2010. Open source learning management systems in distance learning. Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology 9 (2) (04): 175-84.

BARON, JOSH, JERRY WILLIS, and REBA-ANNA LEE. 2010. Creating higher education academic and information technology resources in an international context. Computers in the Schools 27 (3) (Jul): 288-308.

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Open Source Software (OSS) and Learning Management Systems

September 25, 2011 by Cheri Duncan Open Source No Comments


For any institution re-evaluating its current learning management system (LMS) or considering a new system, it is important to investigate not only commercial products, but the wide variety of open source systems, as well.  With the rapid, continual evolution of technology and education, as well as the ever-increasing costs of expensive proprietary LMS’ burdening overstretched academic budgets, many academic institutions are turning to open source solutions.

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Moodle Licensing

September 6, 2011 by Kevin Hegg Moodle, Open Source No Comments

The Moodle software package and documentation is licensed under one of the GPL licenses. Moodle version 1.x is licensed under GPL version 2 and Moodle 2.x under version 3 or any later version of the GPL, at the licensee’s option. Click here to view the GPL version 3 license as published on the moodle.org site.

Sakai Licensing

September 6, 2011 by Kevin Hegg Open Source, Sakai No Comments

Sakai is licensed “as free and open software” under the Educational Community License (version 2). This license has been approved by the Open Source Initiative and complies with the Open Source Definition.

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