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Unplugging from the Commercial Software Grid: Why Free is Better Even If you Have a Budget
Developing a strategic road map for open source software and free services, such as Moodle, Open Office and Google Apps for Education is important for higher education. As budgets are squeezed and software compatibility issues abound, it is time to determine if open source and alternative software services can be strategic tools in the higher education environment. Also included will be an overview of my favorites and keys to evaluating open source software.
Unplugging from the Commercial Software Grid: Free Content, The Next Step
This session reviews my personal experience developing a Microcomputer class which gives away the book and used Moodle as the course aggregator, the self publishing revolution, as well as the current state of academic publishing with the entry of publishers such as Flat World Knowledge. As budgets are squeezed and software compatibility issues abound, it is time to determine ifopen source and alternative software and educational services can be strategic tools in the higher education environment.
Unplugging from the Commercial Software Grid Revisited: Google Apps for Education
Kent has made it a priority during his career to identify technology tools which can service the campus community at no cost to low cost. We will review some of the open or free software tools that we use and then provide an overview of how Google Apps for Education as part of their vision for providing technology services to our campus community. Discussion will provide a comparison of Google Apps vs. Microsoft Live,an overview of how we feel these tools will allow our campus to share information and ideas more easily with Google Apps for Education Edition’s free communication, collaboration and publishing tools.
Virtual Puppets, Animated Characters and Avatars in Course and College Communications
Virtual Puppets, Animated Characters, and Voice/Audio development tools provide promise for instruction and institutional communication. Educators can effectively create animated online characters which can talk with students & staff. This presentation provides examples he used to enhance course content, internal training and to enhance communication on and off campus. Content development tools for web applications, webinars and presentations are demonstrated along with t philosophy of looking first at free or low cost tools.
Updated April 21, 2012