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12 November 2009

Establishing Standards in E-Learning: the Role of Open Source Solutions

Time: 12:30pm - 13:45pm
Speaker(s): Andrea Capiluppi - University of East London

The role of Open Source Software (OSS) in the e-learning business has become more and more fundamental in the last 10 years, as long as corporate and government organizations have developed their educational and training programs based on OSS out-of-the-box tools. This talk qualitatively documents the decision of the largest UK e-learning provider, the Open University, to adopt the Moodle e-learning system, and how it has been successfully deployed in its site after a multi-million investment. A further quantitative study also provides evidence of the success of this OSS project, based on increasing amounts of both provided effort into, and produced outputs by the Moodle community. Lessons learned from this experience by the stakeholders include the crucial factors of contributing to the OSS community, and adapting to an evolving technology. It also becomes evident how commercial partners helped this OSS system to achieve the transition from an “average” OSS system to a successful multi-site, collaborative and community-based OSS project." BIO: "Dr Andrea Capiluppi is a Senior Lecturer at the University of East London since February 2009. Before that, he has been a Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, UK, for three years, from January 2006 to February 2009. He has gained a PhD from Politecnico di Torino, Italy, in May 2005, and has held a Researcher position and a Consultant position at the Open University in UK. His publications include some 40 papers, published in leading international conferences and journals, mostly devoted to the FLOSS topic. He has been a consultant to several industrial companies and has published works where results on FLOSS research have been disseminated in commercial sites. He has taken part in one of the package of the CALIBRE project, a €1.5 million pan-European EU research project focused on the use of open source software in industry."

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