Why Open Source Matter more than ever in Education
For education to be successful in transforming our global community, it must be accessible – and that is what open-source technologies bring to the world of learning. By definition, open-source software has freely available code that can be redistributed and modified without limitation. Unlike closed-source software, which does not share its code and must be licensed, open-source software alleviates one of the most pressing barriers to education across the globe: cost.
At the forefront in the open source education space has been Moodle™, which, since its inception in 2002, has helped revolutionize the education space as we know it by providing educators with a free tool to support learning in various forms. At the time of writing, there are almost 260 million users on over 180,000 registered Moodle™ sites across the globe relying on this platform to power their initiatives. This is exponentially more users and institutions than use any other platform. For many, this would not be possible if it were not open source.
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Moodle increases focus on accessibility through collaboration with Brickfield Education Labs
Today, Moodle announces a partnership with Brickfield Education Labs to improve accessibility in Moodle and Moodle content in order to reduce barriers and maximise learning opportunities for all kinds of learners. Brickfield Education Labs provides organisations and education institutions using Moodle with a toolkit to assess and improve their content by finding, fixing and future-proofing content accessibility within Moodle courses.
Moodle LMS, the open source platform at the heart of the Moodle ecosystem, has constantly evolved through a commitment to pedagogy and equality. CEO and Founder, Martin Dougiamas says, “Accessibility for all has been a constant focus for Moodle LMS as a learning platform over the years and consequently our tools include a range of accessibility features designed to help accommodate individual differences in line with international best practices.
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