Open Source Solutions


Saylor Foundation Kicks Off Open Textbook Challenge

The Saylor Foundation is offering $20,000 to college textbook authors willing to allow free use of their publications by students and educators. The deadline for the first wave of funding is Nov. 1.

EchoSystem Lecture Capture Gets Moodle LMS Integration

Echo360 is embedding its lecture capture EchoSystem portal for multimedia course materials within open source learning management system Moodle 1.9 and 2.0.

Red Hat OpenShift Now Supports Java Enterprise Edition 6

Red Hat has announced support for Java Enterprise Edition (EE) 6 on its OpenShift platform-as-a-service (PaaS).

Lehigh U Pilots Open Source E-Portfolio

In an effort to close a "real gap" in its social and collaborative technology offerings for students, Lehigh University in Pennsylvania has been piloting Mahara, an open source tool that links with its learning management system, Moodle.

Instructure Rethinks LMS Messaging

Shortly, Instructure's cloud-based and open source learning management system (LMS) will include a new messaging feature that replaces the standard LMS inbox. The company is also readying a mobile edition specifically for students.



Java 7 Adds Multicore Support with Fork and Join, Extends Dynamic Language Support

Oracle has announced the availability of the Java Platform Standard Edition 7 (Java SE 7). This is the first release of the core Java platform under Oracle's stewardship and the first new version of Java to make it out of the open source community in five years.

Moodlerooms, Cengage Partner for joule LMS Integration

At the Campus Technology 2011 conference, happening this week in Boston, Moodlerooms and Cengage Learning revealed a new partnership that will allow the companies' learning tools to interact and bring new integration features to the open source learning management system Moodle.

JBoss Application Server 7 Boosts Performance, Adds Arquillian Support

Red Hat has launched JBoss Application Server 7, a free and open source Java Enterprise Edition-based application server developed by the JBoss Community.

Auburn U Moves to Open Source Canvas LMS

Auburn University, with about 25,000 students, has decided to move off commercial LMS and onto Instructure Canvas following an evaluation process lasting several months. Instructors will be expected to migrate to the new LMS by spring 2013.

Reinventing the College Textbook

Determined to make introductory college science courses more manageable for students, two professors at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, are developing a digital textbook based on the free, open-source learning management system Moodle.