Open Source Solutions


California Wants To Legislate Use of Digital College Textbooks

California's Senate is pondering legislation to mandate the development of digital textbooks in order to save college students money. A new bill proposes that the state invest $25 million to create 50 new textbooks, which would be made available free to students in digital form or would cost $20 each in printed form.

U Wisconsin-Milwaukee Rolls Out Mobile App Built on Open Source Platform

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee has seen more than 9,000 downloads of an app developed in-house that provides students with easy access to campus information.

Community Source Initiative Brings Customer Enhancements to Banner

SunGard Higher Education (HE), maker of the Banner suite of enterprise resource planning software for higher education, is combining the benefits of open source with the security of a vendor-backed solution.

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Open Education Resources: Feedback from the Social Web

Do you have lingering questions about the instructional validity of incorporating free educational materials in your online courses? Michael Cottam, Rio Salado College's associate dean over instructional design and new program development, helps shed some light on how open education resources may be better evaluated in the future so that course developers can leverage open resources more effectively.

Kuali Foundation Releases KPME and Kuali Mobility Enterprise 1.0

The Kuali Foundation has released Kuali People Management for the Enterprise (KPME) 1.0. KPME is an open source human resources and payroll system for higher education. The group also released Kuali Mobility Enterprise 1.0, an open source framework for connecting campus information and services to any mobile device.



3 Moodle Updates Address 15 Security Vulnerabilities

Moodle HQ has posted three updates for three different branches of the Moodle learning management system, tackling a total of 15 recently discovered security vulnerabilities. The new versions also provide minor improvements and bug fixes.

Oracle Previews Java SE 7 for Mac OS X, Unveils Java SE Roadmap

Oracle is releasing a technology preview of Java SE 7 on Mac OS X and said it plans to release Java SE 7 on Mac OS X for developers in the second quarter of 2012 and a consumer version later that year.

Leading Open Source in the Community College

A prolific innovator for 25 years at California's Delta College, Lee Belarmino may be most recognized nationally in higher education IT for a relatively recent accomplishment: the successful implementation of one of the first instances of the open source Kuali Financial System--a system the college helped develop as a founding partner alongside much larger and better-funded universities.

Oracle Launches JavaFX 2.0, Previews NetBeans IDE 7.1

Oracle has released JavaFX 2.0, a major rewrite of the company's Java platform for creating and deploying rich Internet applications (RIAs) that behave consistently across a wide variety of connected devices.

Open Virtualization Alliance Now Tops 200 Members

The Open Virtualization Alliance (OVA), an organization of technology companies created to promote support for the Kernel-based Virtual Machine (KVM) virtualization platform, reported it's experiencing rapid growth in participation from cloud computing companies and emerging markets around the world.