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