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

Buchan, Janet (2010) Developing a dynamic and responsive online learning environment: a case study of a large Australian university. International Journal of Open Source Software and Processes, 2 (1). pp. 32-48.

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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.

Item ID: 33606
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1942-3934
Keywords: Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE), community source software, Learning Management System (LMS), online learning environment, open source software, Sakai, Web 2.0
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This paper was also published as the following chapter:

Buchan, J. (2011). Developing a Dynamic and Responsive Online Learning Environment: A Case Study of a Large Australian University. In B. Czerkawski (Ed.), Free and Open Source Software for E-Learning: Issues, Successes and Challenges (pp. 92-109). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-61520-917-0.ch006

Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2014 23:40
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems @ 50%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 50%
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