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Free and Open Source Software for E-learning
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FOSS solutions for Open Educational Resources – report of a Community discussion
Free and Open Source Software for E-learning

The month-long FOSS forum was held in June 2004 in response to an expression of interest on the part of the participants of the first IIEP discussion forum, on policy issues for virtual universities. Two hundred and sixty individuals from 65 countries explored some of the implications of the open source movement for institutions engaging in e-learning. A first session introduced the concept of open source, leading to a discussion of the pros and cons of adopting open source software. During the second session participants identified FOSS solutions for e-learning. This resulted in the creation of a listing of useful resources, and a set of FOSS tutorials (see Focus box below).

When it became time to close the forum the group quickly constituted itself into an informal Community of Interest. IIEP agreed to support it, and the group has continued the discussion and information sharing. In this first 18 months of activity the Community exchanged nearly 2,000 messages.

A new home for the FOSS Community

In September 2007 the Community was transferred to UNESCO's Communication and Information Sector, home of the UNESCO Free Software Portal (see Focus box below).

For more information about ongoing activities and to join the Community, send a message to Jean-Claude Dauphin.

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