Open Source Applications in the Education Sector

I’m glad to read the “Open Source Options For Education” written by Mark Johnson, OSS Watch.  It’s a very useful collection of open source software.

There are many software applications titled “Open Source” in the market. I think it needs to have criteria for choosing the application in the educational context first, such as based on what LMS standard requirements. Here is an introduction to Open Source Software and Open Standards by DCC.

I list some open source tools/projects I recognised in the UK education sector.

  • eXe – a freely available authoring application that assists teachers in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup.
  • GIMPSHOP – a modification of the free and open source graphics program GNU Image Manipulation Program (GIMP), with the intent to replicate the feel of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Helix – Media delivery platform (see Cardiff University Media Library)
  • JISC – web conferencing toolkit
  • openair – open-source tools for air pollution data analysis. The project is led by the Environmental Research Group at King’s College London, supported by the University of Leeds.
  • Pencil Project – a free and open-source GUI graphics (prototyping) tool.
  • WebHuddle – fully open-source server-based web conferencing system integrating text chat, VoIP (one-to-many), PowerPoint presentation, live annotation, application sharing, polling and recording in a secure environment. (Also see wikipedia resource: A comparison of web conferencing software).
  • Udutu – a free online course authoring tool designed to integrate with social media platforms. (see e@lboro)
  • XMind– a free and open source Mind Mapping tool.

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