Open Source in The Tyee

Nick Smith, a BC public school teacher, wrote in The Tyee last week about the utility of open source software, and the special advantages it has for teaching courses online. Smith is an affiliate of the BC Learning Network and teaches online using Moodle, a popular open source online software package, which also runs PovNetU.

Sharing and collaboration are the hallmarks of the open source software movement, and Smith's article links the success of open source in education to the mutual recognition in both areas of the benefits of cooperation. Smith also sees the benefits of putting control of educational materials into the hands of educators and students, something easily accommodated by projects like Moodle.

More information:
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Free Software Foundation
Stallman.org