Open Source 2007: How Did This Happen? - Brad Wheeler, Educause Review

Open Source 2007: How Did This Happen? - Brad Wheeler, Educause Review - Developing sustainable economics and advancing the frontiers of innovation are the dual challenges for application software in higher education. Sustainable economics means that an institution’s base budgets can support the licensing fees, developers, maintenance, training, and support required for application software. For example, it means that the viability of a course management system (CMS) is not dependent on the next grant or on a one-time budgetary accommodation. Since making changes to application software invokes cost, minimizing change is one tactic for achieving sustainable economics through lower IT costs. In higher education, however, the creative nature of colleges and universities motivates faculty and staff to innovate with new pedagogy and with the use of online resources. Application software that fails to evolve or to allow experimentation and innovation in teaching is unlikely to be well received. Higher education is in search of a new model to address these dual challenges, and open source application development has been proffered as a solution. [Online Learning Update]