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ERIC Number: EJ846621
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 5
ISSN: ISSN-1492-3831
Open Source Software: Fully Featured vs. "The Devil You Know"
Hotrum, Michael; Ludwig, Brian; Baggaley, Jon
International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, v6 n1 Mar 2005
The "ILIAS" learning management system (LMS) was evaluated, following its favourable rating in an independent evaluation study of open source software (OSS) products. The current review found "ILIAS" to have numerous features of value to distance education (DE) students and teachers, as well as problems for consideration in the system's ongoing development. The current findings were compared with DE students' reactions to a similar LMS product, "ATutor," also rated highly in the independent OSS evaluation. In comparing an "ATutor" course website with a simple HTML-based version of the same site, the ten students voted unanimously to retain the simpler site. This result is consistent with previous evaluation findings in the current series of reports, and indicates that increasing integration of product features does not necessarily improve a product's ease of use or educational effectiveness. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada