Open Source Solutions


Means of Production

Universities are wrestling with the possibilities and pitfalls of making homegrown IT products available beyond their campuses. CT examines the benefits of the two major options: open source or a commercialized venture.

Industry-Funded Software Research Goes Open Source

The idea of attracting a vibrant community of developers is prompting some companies to pursue open source research.

Stevens Institute of Technology Moves Financial Systems to Open Source Kuali

New Jersey's Stevens Institute of Technology has transitioned its financial systems to an open source platform. To replace its 30-year-old legacy system, Stevens adopted the Kuali Financial System, a tool developed and maintained by a partnership of higher education institutions and private companies.

For Mobile Strategies, Open Source Offers Flexibility

A desire for flexibility--as well as cost-savings--are prompting more and more higher ed institutions to consider open source for their mobile strategies.

MIT Building Free Open Source Online Course Platform

The institution that led the call for freely available lectures, videos, and exams created by its instructors and shared with the world will now do the same with online learning.



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.