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Unplugging From the Commercial Software Grid: Why Free is Better Even if you have a budget by Mind Map: Unplugging From the
Commercial Software
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Unplugging From the Commercial Software Grid: Why Free is Better Even if you have a budget

LMS Moodle

Creative Commons


Khan Academy

OER Commons

OER Consortium

Open Courseware


Open Learn Learning Space

Digital Enterprise

Open Courseware Finder


Carnegie Mellon

Open Ebooks

Alex Catalogue of Electronic Texts

Project Gutenberg

University of Virginia Library

Oreilly Open

Gabriel Gurley Open Office

Open Text Book

Flat World Knowledge

Build Your Own



When Ed Resources are Open

Moodle Pros and Cons

Open Source As a Strategy

People Power Peer Production

Disruptive Technology Talk: Jason Cole

Open Content, Peer Production and Creativity

Why Free is Better than Open Source

Moodle (Open Aggregation)


Blackboard Course Converter

Security Issues

Moodle in Montana

North Carolina CC System Moodle Assessment Reports

Me and My Friend Moodle

Open Media

Open Photo

Public Domain Photos

New node

Open Collaboration

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My Avatar Editor

An Amazing Trend/Fact?


Ideas from the Audience

Our State of Mind: An Over View

So Why is Free Better

Reason #1 All the really really smart people work for someone else and live somewhere else

Reason #2 We can give stuff away

Software for Starving Students

Reason #3 We can give our teachers a better selection of tools and becasue of reason

Reason #4 We can save money on licensing software.

Reason #4.5 Because of Reason 4 you can save money on hardware

Reason # 5 Free will allow us to Automate Humanization


Reason #6 Free Drive Innovation

Reason #7 We are Us...They are Them...but Everyone Expects us to be Them


Reason #8 We have been able to reallocate resources to improve teaching and learning

New node


My Disclaimers

Unplugging Not Unplugged

Prezi: Free for Education, Moving beyond Slide

Mindmeister: Not Free but Cheap

...and by the way I like and still use Microsoft

Free and Open Source are not always the same...but are sort of the same

Common Questions/Statements about Open Source

Who will you call at 2:00am

Open Source Isn't Free

Reduced TCO, Additional Software, Staffing, LMS Licensing, Hosting

You get what you pay for


Wiki Moodle 1.4 (2004); Bb Learn 9.1 (2010)Blog: Moodle 1.5/1.6 (2005) BbLearn 9.1 (2010)

Quicker Pace of Develpment

If the code is exposed can't anyone hackit

Site Wide SSL

0 incidents

What happens if the guy dies

Photo by Steve Jurvetson: Flicker Creative Commons

Question Source: Presentation by Patrick Masson CTO UMass Online "Technology during an Economic Crisis: The Benefits of Open Source" Augus 2010

You'll Need to hire a Developer

Savings from LMS in conjunction with increased enrollments has allowed Western to hire Instructional Design Support, Online Coordinator and

What is it?

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The Good

There Are Options

A significant user base

Many coders posting regular updates

Backed by VCs, a major company, or foundation

Uses a standard open source license (GPL)

The Bad

One Coder

Working out of a garage

Last update 3 years ago

No Stated users

Stated License Use this as you wish

The Ugly

Not Thinking you have a Choice


Thinking about Open Source

There is not One Killer Application/Solution

If you are Risk Averse don't try this at work

Major open source software applications are written at least as well as leading commercial products (often by the same people),

Enthusiastically supported by expert and helpful developers (as opposed to knowledge-free call center staff),

Transparently licensed (via industry-standard agreements).

The hazards of open source are those typically discussed as objections by “experts” about commercial software unstable or insecure software, availability of support, and legal issues.


Reduced TCO

Quicker Pace of Development


Integration and interoprability



Overview of Benefits

Open Source



GNU acronym is "GNU's not Unix"


Tools we Use

Open Source

Web Page: CMS Made Simple

Web Conferencing, DimDim, Big Blue Button

Open Office

Word Press

Web Services


Google Apps for Education



Turnit In

Big Web Apps

MS Office

Site Pal

Voice Thread

The Clould

The Cloud


Why We do what we do