Innovative F.R.E.E. Open Source Personal Learning Systems For Higher Educational Institutes
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Moody, R. (2011). Innovative F.R.E.E. Open Source Personal Learning Systems For Higher Educational Institutes. In Proceedings of World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2011 (p. 1554). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Course management systems (CMS) provide online access to course materials such as syllabi, lecture notes, tests, etc… in one location. Among the most notable is Blackboard, a vendor-driven software solution that has been adopted by higher educational institutions to support instruction. After two years of experiencing frustrations with Blackboard, the presenter began to seek free open-source tools that could be adopted to create a more user/end-user friendlier social learning environment. After an exhausting search, several Free Resources for Educator Excellence (FREE) were field-tested. After three and half years of trial and error experimentation, Ning, a social networking site was selected as the host. Google Docs, Youtube, Facebook, Skype, Engrade, and Screencast-o-matic were all integrated into a new creative personal learning system. This paper demonstrates how these free open-source tools were organized into an innovative and effective model that improved instruction, student engagement, and achievement.
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