Open Source Software in Education

The latest edition of Innovate is now online – this edition the contributors explore, assess, and illustrate the potential of open source software and related trends to transform educational practice. David Wiley’s article provides a useful overview and background to the use of Open Source software in education, while the rest of the contributors focus on particular aspects of the use of open source software at both tertiary (higher ed) and school level.

There’s also a most interesting article by Stephen Downes that introduces readers to Intute, an open access Web site that represents a significant step forward in the evolution of learning object repositories. He writes:

Created by a network of British universities and the Joint Information Services Committee (JISC), a federal British initiative, Intute represents what learning object repositories were meant to be but never became.

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