Open-source pathways to educational development

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Abstract

This chapter will explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the use of open-source software solutions to particular pedagogical challenges. I explore the implementation of various open-source platforms to facilitate the achievement of learning outcomes. Specifi cally, I will look at the use of open-source software to facilitate peer-assisted and problem-based learning. Readers will gain an appreciation for the potential educational value of these important new opensource resources. Subtopics will include: open-source educational technologies, peer-assisted learning, problem-based learning, and fl exible ICT policies for continued innovation. Flexible ICT policies with suffi cient internal quality control will allow individual departments and members of staff to identify open-source technologies that meet their pedagogical needs. Such policies can, with minimal cost, reduce the amount of time required to achieve desired learning outcomes and free academics to contribute to knowledge creation through research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFast Forwarding Higher Education Institutions for Global Challenges
Subtitle of host publicationPerspectives and Approaches
EditorsIsmail Hussein Amzat, Byabazaire Yusuf
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer
Chapter3
Pages25-35
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9789812876034
ISBN (Print)9789812876027
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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