Monday, August 8, 2011

Open Education Software Revolution Continues

Here are two news items that caught my attention that I felt should be shared in this blog on 'Open' Education software & solutions. 

Today there are more companies than ever relying on collaboratively developed open source software for their success. Open source is now the default assumption for the people building tomorrow.       Read OSCON 2011 Round-up

The educational community has discovered open source tools in a big way. Analysts predict that schools will spend up to $489.9 million on support and services for open source software by 2012, and that only includes charges related to operating systems and learning management systems. Teachers, professors and home schoolers are using open source applications as part of their educational curriculum for a wide variety of subjects.     Read Open Source Tools & Education Apps – Datamation 2010

We are seeing the formation of an 'open education' ecosystem of partners from both the public and private sector that are increasingly challenging the traditional educational system and resources. Open source educational software, open educational text books, open journals, open content, open copyright, open courseware, open access, open standards, and open communities are all part of the 'open revolution' is increasingly challenging traditional educational organizations, policies, norms, and resources that served us well in the previous century – before the advent of the 21st century and the 'Information Age'.

Let us know what your thoughts are about the growing Open Education movement.

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