The proliferation of Web 2.0 social networking Web sites such as Facebook, MySpace, and even Flickr got some people thinking: Which scholarly disciplines need better ways of researching, collaborating, and communicating, and could a social networking model play a role?
Josh Baron's examination of two award-winning implementations of the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment.
In an effort to boost the impact of technology on learning, the University of Strathclyde Glasgow is consolidating its disparate learning systems on the open source Moodle platform and launching a “Learning Technologies Support Network” to help improve the educational experience for students and faculty.
Moodlerooms is integrating the EQUELLA digital repository into its learning management platform, powered by the open-source Moodle LMS. Through a new partnership with The Learning Edge North America, the platform will incorporate EQUELLA without adding any new licensing fees.
Less than a year after launching its Sun Storage 7000 family of products, Sun Microsystems has revamped both the hardware and software in the line to boost performance and to introduce some storage industry firsts, including triple RAID, triple mirroring, and channel migration.
Consider an educational institution that allows individuals to interact and learn online without worrying about how they're going to cover next semester's tuition bill. That's precisely what Shai Reshef had in mind when he developed the concept for University of the People, the first tuition-free online university, which opened earlier this month.
In a bid to attract more developers to its Berkeley DB open-source embeddable database, Oracle this week released two upgraded versions with new APIs for simplifying application development and, for the first time, support for Microsoft's C# and .NET Framework.
The Department of Education and Training (DET) in Western Australia has gone live with an open source data management system that uses Ingres Database, an open source database management technology. The solution powers a range of applications to manage administrative activities and programs delivered by 11 colleges and 8,000 staff throughout the state. The systems also collectively manage a million student records, with 120,000 students processed through the state`s training systems annually.
In an ironic turn, Carnegie Mellon University will be housing a new open source computer lab funded by Red Hat in a new computer center funded by a $20 million lead gift from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Assessing an open source or community source solution, particularly at small and mid-sized institutions, presents unique challenges. Without vendor demonstrations, user groups, and sales departments, how do you evaluate a community source product?