Opening up to open source: Looking at how Moodle was adopted in higher education

Costello, E. (2013) Opening up to open source: Looking at how Moodle was adopted in higher education. pp. 187-200. ISSN 02680513 (ISSN)

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The virtual learning environment (VLE) has grown to become a piece of complex infrastructure that is now deemed critical to higher educational provision. This paper looks at Moodle and its adoption in higher education. Moodle's origins, as an open source VLE, are investigated and its growth examined in the context of how higher educational institutions adopt VLEs. © 2014 © 2014 The Open University.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: Moodle; open source; technology adoption; virtual learning environments
Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 19:47
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