Developing a dynamic and responsive online learning environment: A case study of a large Australian university

Janet Buchan

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Abstract

Charles Stuart University adopted the open source software, Sakai, as the foundation for the university's new, integrated Online Learning Environment. This study explores whether a pedagogical advantage exists in adopting such an open source learning management system. Research suggests that the community source approach to development of open source software has many inherent pedagogical advantages, but this paper examines whether this is due to the choice of open source software or simply having access to appropriate technology for learning and teaching in the 21st century. The author also addresses the challenges of the project management methodology and processes in the large-scale implementation of an open-source courseware management solution at the institutional level. Consequently, this study outlines strategies that an institution can use to harness the potential of a community source approach to software development to meet the institutional and individual user needs into the future.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-48
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal of Open Source Software and Processes
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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