Open-Source Me

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A tour of free, indispensable learning tools. Originally presented at Learning 2008 in Orlando, Florida.

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Open-Source Me

  1. 1. FOR LEARNING RICHARD CULATTA WWW.INNOVATIVELEARNING.COM
  2. 2. W HAT IS O PEN S OURCE ? Software developed by a community “free like kittens, not beer” Difference between Open Source and Open Learning Responsibility of Learning Leaders with Open Source
  3. 3. B ENEFITS OF O PEN S OURCE Low initial cost: Open source software is free to download (particularly useful for iterative design). Flexibility and customizability: You can modify the software as needed to make it better. Extensive active user communities: Participating in open source projects is a source of distinction among developers. Adherence to standards: Interoperability is a high priority for many open source developers. Tendency to use and link to other open source software: Including popular languages and platforms such as PHP and MySQL database www.brandon-hall.com/publications/opensource/opensource.shtml
  4. 4. OPEN SOURCE C OMMERCIAL SOFTWARE S OFTWARE Developed by a community of Developed by a company developers Licensing Fees Free Can be modified only by the Can be modified by the user company Community support Professional support plans Self-installed Installation services
  5. 5. T OP 10 OS T OOLS FOR L EARNING 10. 5. 9. GimpShop 4. 8. 3. 7. 2. 6. 1.

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