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Open Source Solutions


Moodle 2.3.1 Addresses Security Issues

Moodle's developers have released Moodle 2.3.1 just two weeks after the last major (2.3) update. The new version (along with updates to four other development branches) addresses minor bugs and also corrects some as-yet-unspecified security vulnerabilities.

Moodle 2.3 Gets New Course Interface, Improved File Management

Moodle's developers have formally released version 2.3 of the open source learning management system Moodle. The latest release includes about 50 new features for end users, including major enhancements to the course interface and file management.

Running a School on Open Educational Resources

A public school in Utah is relying on open educational resources for roughly 90 percent of its instructional content. DeLaina Tonks, director, discusses the school's OER strategies and reveals how the innovative institution works through the challenges associated with open content.

Harvard, MIT Partner To Provide Free Courses Through edX

Harvard University and MIT have partnered to launch edX, an initiative to offer free online courses worldwide and develop an open source platform to deliver them.

OER: Bridge to Success Project To Provide Open Access to Math Fundamentals Education

Open Learning: Bridge to Success (B2S), a project that provides free and open educational resources, has been awarded $750,000 to help students who are struggling with mathematics so they can go on to complete their education.

Ideas and the Public Space

The emergence of open educational resources and the implications for learning

$7 Million CFY Grants To Advance OER for Low-Income Communities

CFY, a national educational nonprofit, will use $7 million in grants it's received for the development and distribution of online educational resources for K-12 students in low-income communities throughout the country.

Schools Crunch Big Data With Free Software

When a charter school with a small student body wanted to collect, analyze, and use data in a new way, it did what any feisty little up-start would do--it created its own program. Of course, a little help from a cloud computing powerhouse helped.

Blackboard Speaks Out on Open Source Move

In this Q&A, Blackboard Learn President Ray Henderson and Moodlerooms Chairman and CEO Lou Pugliese explain why Blackboard is getting into the open source business, what's different about delivering services to those customers versus Blackboard's traditional customers, and what might be next on the open source agenda for the No. 1 learning management system company in the world.

Blackboard Buys Out Moodlerooms, NetSpot

Blackboard is buying out two major players in the open source services space: Moodlerooms and NetSpot. Blackboard has also brought onboard Sakai Project founding architect Charles Severance. With these additions, the company is also launching its own open source division: Blackboard Education Open Source Services.

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