Open Source Solutions


Blackboard Asserts Commitment to Open Source

In the wake of news of its split from Moodle, Blackboard has reaffirmed its commitment to its Moodle-based Software-as-a-Service product and the open source community.

Carnegie Mellon Releases Design for Sub-$500 Bioprinter under Creative Commons License

In addition to improvements in cost, the device reportedly allows for larger-scale printing and greater precision than many commercially available bioprinters. The team released its research under a Creative Commons license to encourage others to build their own as well.

Harvard's OpenScholar Website Creation Software Goes Private

OpenScholar, an open source website-publishing system specifically for higher education, has publicly separated from Harvard University to become a private company. The website creation service is already used by more than 75 institutions, not counting the 9,000 sites within Harvard itself, where it was developed.

IMS Global Learning Consortium Debuts Extended LTI Standard

IMS Global Learning Consortium has introduced LTI Advantage, the next phase of market adoption for its Learning Tools Interoperability standard.

Moodle Community Platform to Offer Closer Ties to OER, Crowdfunding Mechanism

Seeing a conflict between open and proprietary developments in educational technology and in society at large, Moodle founder Martin Dougiamas has started to refocus the open source learning platform's activities to do a more effective job of spreading openness.



Cornell Opens Content Repository to Autism Employment Resources

To provide help to companies and other organizations that would consider hiring people on the autism spectrum for skilled employment, Cornell University is working with Hewlett Packard Enterprise in helping to distribute resources developed for HPE's "Dandelion Program."

MIT Brings Free Science and Math Video Lessons to Charter High Schoolers

The agreement with Atlantis Charter School is the first of its kind for the "Blended Learning Open Source Science or Math Studies" or BLOSSOMS program. While other schools have used BLOSSOMS on an ad hoc basis, the latest arrangement will include professional development starting this month for teachers to help them improve their STEM instructional practices.

An Open Invitation to Innovation: Lone Star College-University Park

From its founding in 2012 with an "Invitation 2 Innovate" (i2i), to the premier this week of a new conference on open innovation, Lone Star College-University Park has innovation in its DNA. Here, CT speaks with the college’s chief strategist for innovation and research.

Campaign Spotlights Global Open Education Movement

Next week, a number of higher education institutions will be participating in Open Education Week, an annual awareness campaign for free and open educational opportunities. Launched in 2012, the event attracts hundreds of contributors from nearly 50 different countries and participants from more than 130 countries.

Unicon Intros Quick Start Learning Analytics Service

Open source services provider Unicon is launching a new offering designed to help higher education institutions get started with learning analytics.

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