Open Source Solutions


Moodle 1.9.9 Released

Moodle has released an update to its open source, cross-platform learning management system. Moodle 1.9.9 includes fixes for minor bugs and also addresses four security vulnerabilities, including two that Moodle developers have labeled as "critical."

Ian Dolphin is New Sakai Foundation Executive Director

At their annual conference held this week in Denver, the Sakai community is officially welcoming Ian Dolphin as the new Sakai Foundation executive director.

Yahoo Develops Interface Classification System for Hadoop

Developers at Yahoo have been working on a new interface classification system in Hadoop to distinguish two facets of an interface from the perspective of backward compatibility: the audience of the interface and the stability of the interface.

WSO2 Launches Open-Source Cloud Platform

Open-source middleware maker WSO2 has launched an open source cloud platform that should be of interest to enterprise Java developers. Called Stratos, it's a fully hosted application platform-as-a-service (PaaS) for building and deploying apps and services "with instant provisioning of enterprise servers, including the portal, enterprise service bus (ESB) and application server."

Josh Baron on Education Technology and Disruptive Change

Marist College’s Director of Academic Technology and eLearning, a Campus Technology 2010 keynoter, talked with CT about potential disruptive changes ahead that may not only alter how we use technology for teaching and learning, but might turn higher education infrastructure on its ear.



Microsoft Offers Dev Tools for Outlook

Microsoft this week released two new open source tools to help developers take advantage of the .PST file format that's used in the Outlook e-mail client app.

American Public University System Moves to Sakai LMS

American Public University System has begun implementing the open source Sakai learning management system (LMS) to replace a platform built on Ucompass' Educator.

Joule 1.2 Expands Reporting, Integrates with Adobe Connect Pro

Moodlerooms has released an update to its learning management system, joule. Version 1.2, released just about a month after version 1.1, expands reporting and content management features and gains integration with Adobe Connect.

Assessing Student Work in the Open Educational Resources Era

The increased availability and use of open educational resources (OER) may complicate assessment, but assessment methods such as student commentary may help.

Java Founder Gosling Quits Oracle

The father of Java is leaving the company following the January acquisition of Sun Microsystems. He joins CEO Jonathan Schwartz, Chairman and co-founder Scott McNealy, Director of Web technologies Tim Bray, and open source evangelist Simon Phipps in departing.