Do It Yourself LMS: Open-Source and Hi-Tech Possibilities

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Examines the basics of using open-source Learning Management Systems. Explores the two most popular open-source LMS available: Moodle and Sakai.

Examines the basics of using open-source Learning Management Systems. Explores the two most popular open-source LMS available: Moodle and Sakai.

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  • 1. Do-It-Yourself LMS Open-Source and Hi-Tech Possibilities Matt Crosslin UT Arlington, UT Brownsville
  • 2. Open Source vs. Proprietary
  • 3. What is Open Source?
    • http://www.opensource.org
    • Access to source code
    • Usually free, but don’t be cheap!
    • True open-source vs. opening up the source code.
  • 4. What is Proprietary?
    • No access to source code
    • User pays for a license to use a copy
    • User does not “own” the program
    • Cost of support is usually included
  • 5. The Battle
    • Open-source seen as valiant under dog, bravely fighting the evil proprietary empire.
  • 6. The Battle
    • Proprietary seen as the shrewd business company being constantly undermined by those pesky open-source people.
  • 7. My Position?
    • Always a need for something ready to go
    • Open-source better fits the needs and nature of true academia
    • Don’t support one LMS over another
  • 8. Open Source: Benefits & Criticisms
  • 9. General Benefits
    • Cost
    • Access to source code
    • Customization and growth
  • 10. New Breed of Instructional Designer
    • Can create any type of instruction needed
    • Not limited by tools available in the LMS
    • Comes from educational background
    • Well trained in open-source applications
    • Need BOOKS written on quick customization techniques.
  • 11. Analysis of Criticisms
    • Open source is not secure
    • Open source is not mature
    • Open source is not compatible
    • Open source has no support
    • Open source can’t handle large stuff
  • 12. What is Do-It-Yourself Open Source?
  • 13. Answer: ALL Open Source is D.I.Y.!
  • 14. Hosting a Site
    • Platform – Java, PHP, etc
    • Storage size
    • Bandwidth
    • Tools – phpmyAdmin, Control Panel X, etc
  • 15. Mixing With Other Applications
    • Authentication issues – how one program can talk to another
    • Integrated vs. side-by-side
  • 16. Customizations
    • CSS files for styles and size
    • Header and footer files for overall look
    • Creating new features
  • 17. Support – Where To Get Help
    • For the real DIY – forums
    • Online documentation
    • Paid support (personal support is never free)
  • 18. Moodle
  • 19. Facts About Moodle
    • Created by Martin Dougiamas
    • Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment
    • Uses PHP and a database, like MySQL or postgreSQL
    • Based on social constructionist pedagogy
    • 8779 registered sites, 3,964,855 registered users
    • Largest site: Online Campus of Open Polytech of New Zealand with 8282 courses and over 54,000 users.
  • 20. Martin Dougiamas
  • 21. Possibilities
    • Can create custom features – blogs, etc
    • Can create custom blocks – Skype presence
    • Integrates well with other open-source stuff; also can support side-by-side very well.
  • 22. Sakai
  • 23. Facts and Features
    • Began at University of Michigan and Indiana University
    • Uses Java platform
    • CMS and Research Collaboration
  • 24. Possibilities
    • Can create custom features
    • Not on the same platforms as most open-source, so integration is more difficult.
  • 25. Web 2.0 and the Future of Open-Source
  • 26. What is Web 2.0?
    • The Web As Platform
    • Harnessing Collective Intelligence
    • Data is the Next Intel Inside (database management)
    • End of the Software Release Cycle (perpetual Beta)
    • Lightweight Programming Models (RSS, open-source)
    • Software Above the Level of a Single Device (iTunes)
    • Rich User Experiences (Google Maps, AJAX)
  • 27. Open Source and Web 2.0
    • Read/write web – users define what they see, have more input
    • AJAX – already being implemented into Moodle (drag and drop blocks)
    • Writely, AjaxLaunch, and ODEO – side-by-side integration
  • 28. Links
    • Open-source definition http://www.opensource.org/docs/definition.php
    • Moodle: http://www.moodle.org
    • Moodle Philosophy: http://docs.moodle.org/en/Philosophy
    • Sakai: http://sakaiproject.org
    • O-Reilly What is Web 2.0: http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/a/oreilly/tim/news/2005/09/30/what-is-web-20.html
    • Writely: http://www.writely.com
    • Odeo: http://www.odeo.com
    • AjaxLaunch: http://www.ajaxlaunch.com/