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Wednesday, April 25


Open Source Software as output of the Researcher: an approach to support researchers as inspiration for Education.
Open source software gained hold with the rise of the Internet. The open source software movement arose to clarify copyright, licensing, domain, and consumer issues. In the past decade, the open source software development approach has gained popularity and has become an integral part of the work of many researchers, particularly in technology related fields, whereby software is produced as an output of the work of the researcher.

There are benefits in the open approach to sharing, but also challenges. The ambition of the presentation is to share the approach used at TU Delft to gain a better understanding of the needs of researchers in the area of open source software as output of the researcher. The intention of the presentation is to provide inspiration to those in Education who may find it interesting to learn from the approach applied to research.

The presentation is not technical in nature intended to be accessible to those with limited knowledge of the subject. It will include definitions of open source software (OSS) and it’s applicability for science. How TU Delft is viewing the increasing adoption of open source software and the priorities that are being worked on. The approach that was taken during 2017 will also be shared, including what has been learnt so far. In addition, activities that are being planned during 2018 will be presented.

Finally, the session will wrap up with an opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas on the applicability of the approach to the context of Education.

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Julie Beardsell

ICT Innovation Specialist, Delft University of Technology
Specialist in innovation. Strategy, development and implementation of a cross-functional IT focused innovation programme at the Technical University of Delft. Interests: * The open science movement and what that means in practice for education and researchers, particularly for... Read More →

Wednesday April 25, 2018 16:30 - 16:55


Implementing Online Education with Open Source Software
Moodle is a very well known learning management system that has been used by educational institutes of all levels world wide. Built using open source software, Moodle provides very abundant tools for the users. There are many freely available extension packages developed by experienced professionals that are meant to enhance the system, however, these packages often need to be checked or modified in order to work with current system. Although the Moodle system is free, depending on the scale of implementation, it may require full-time manager and system engineer to execute various tasks such as software installation, daily management, system backup, upgrades, and security updates. Aiming to reduce the costs of system operations and maintenance, a consortium consisting of 12 universities in Taiwan was formed to share experiences and develop software packages that can be distributed among the members. Based on Moodle version 3.1, the consortium had released the first version of Moodleset in September 2017, which was a result of a series of discussions and numerous communications for decisions on software development priorities proposed by the members. This paper presents a case study of using Moodleset to implement a learning management system for open and online education. Particularly, we demonstrate how open source software can be used to support online education, including courses management, learning records analysis, visualization of statistical analysis, reporting utilities, exam questions banks, and interactive response system. We also show changes of course design and teaching approaches that adapt to online education. The results show that through collaboration we can build a better learning management system with lower costs, and most importantly we can connect with various worlds of open technology and increase our impacts, which are not only beneficial to the teachers and schools, but also may open new opportunities for the students.


Yu-Hui Chen

National Chengchi University

Jihn-Fa Andy Jan

Associate Professor, National Chengchi University

Wednesday April 25, 2018 16:55 - 17:20


Using Open Source Software to Create an OER Platform for Dynamic Textbooks
Dynamics textbooks can be created by integrating links to ancillary resources directly into conventional electronic versions of open textbooks. When selected these filesystem links can execute open source software that is run locally on the reading device, thereby mitigating many of the limitations of web-based OER. Effective deployment of such dynamic textbooks requires the development of an open source software platform into which they are integrated. Two approaches are evaluated. Live Linux distributions can be deployed on conventional desktop/notebook computer hardware, either booted directly off USB flash drives or run within a virtual machine. Considerations for such deployment are evaluated. Alternatively, the rise of inexpensive yet powerful system on a chip (SoC) computers presents a further mechanism for deploying an open source software platform to support textbooks, namely the circulation of inexpensive (under USD$40) computers to students with a preconfigured open source software distribution. The current capabilities and usage of such a device are evaluated. Finally, conventional open source software package management systems can be used to deploy dynamic textbooks on such platforms as well as the open source software tools required to customize the textbooks. Ultimately the development of an open source software platform into which open educations resources are integrated ensures that control resides where it belongs, with educational institutions, instructors, and students.

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Robert Petry

Instructor, Campion College at the University of Regina

Wednesday April 25, 2018 17:20 - 17:45