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Recommended Citation: Sharp, J H, J B Huett, and J B Huett.  The Use of Open Source Software in Education.  In The Proceedings of the Information Systems Education Conference 2005, v 22 (Columbus OH): §2324. ISSN: 1542-7382. (A later version appears in Information Systems Education Journal 4(45). ISSN: 1545-679X.)
 
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The Use of Open Source Software in Education

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Refereed8 pages
Jason H. Sharp    [a1] [a2]
Computer Information Systems
Tarleton State University    [u1] [u2]
Stephenville, Texas, USA    [c1] [c2]

Jason B. Huett    [a1] [a2]
Media and Instructional Technology
University of West Georgia    [u1] [u2]
Carrollton, Georgia, USA    [c1] [c2]

Jason B. Huett    [a1] [a2]
Media and Instructional Technology
University of West Georgia    [u1] [u2]
Carrollton, Georgia, USA    [c1] [c2]

This paper reviews the current literature regarding the use of Open Source software in educa-tion. The material is presented in thematic order and includes a brief history of the Open Source movement and provides a general definition and philosophy of the movement. Several key areas are covered including the strengths and limitations of Open Source software, its dif-fusion into education, and research on its actual use in educational settings. The review con-cludes by providing possible ideas for the development of Open Source software and raises questions for future research.

Keywords: open source software, educational use, open source philosophy, pedagogy

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