Innovative F.R.E.E. Open Source Personal Learning Systems For Higher Educational Institutes
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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.
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. Retrieved December 7, 2013 from http://www.editlib.org/p/38937.
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