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The adoption of open sources within higher education in Europe : a dissemination case study

Machado, Carlos and Thompson, Karen (2005) The adoption of open sources within higher education in Europe : a dissemination case study. Turkish Online Journal of Distance Education, 6 (1). pp. 34-51. ISSN 1302-6488

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Abstract

For some time now, the open-source (OS) phenomenon has been making its presence felt; disrupting the economics of the software industry and, by proxy, the business of education. A combination of the financial pressure Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) find themselves under and the increasing focus on the use of technology to enhance students' learning have encouraged many HEIs to look towards alternative approaches to teaching and learning. Meanwhile, the "OS" has challenged assumptions about how intellectual products are created and protected and has greatly increased the quantity and arguably the quality of educational technologies available to HEIs.