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Open Source and the Diffusion of Teacher Education Software PROCEEDINGS

, , , Univ. of Missouri - Columbia, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Norfolk, VA ISBN 978-1-880094-41-9 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Three recent reports, one from the U.S. government and two from European Union related groups, indicate that the open-source software development model is gaining worldwide acceptance. This model provides a means for teacher educators to create software that is sustainable, continuously improving, and sharable. As a result, it can reduce duplicated efforts among PT3 grant recipients and reduce the risk that a project's work efforts will go unutilized when a grant's funding ends. The paper gives a brief overview of what the open-source model is, explains how it can be used to benefit the different stakeholders in a grant funded project, and discusses how it can support the diffusion of technology innovations. The paper concludes with the recommendation that the U.S. Department of Education should encourage the use of the open-source model in all department-funded projects that have a software development component.

Citation

Remidez, H., Laffey, J. & Musser, D. (2001). Open Source and the Diffusion of Teacher Education Software. In J. Price et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2001 (pp. 2774-2778). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

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