Open-source projects engage a community of developers who collaborate and iterate to develop, grow, and improve software. Colleges and universities have long used open-source software for various applications, and the use of open-source code is expanding. Open-source software gives higher education more control over its application portfolio, and it can help expand personalized learning and access to affordable education.
The 7 Things You Should Know About... series from the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) provides concise information on emerging learning technologies. Each brief focuses on a single technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching and learning. Use these briefs for a no-jargon, quick overview of a topic and share them with time-pressed colleagues.
In addition to the 7 Things briefs, you may find other ELI resources useful in addressing teaching, learning, and technology issues at your institution. To learn more, please visit the ELI Resources page.