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Issue No. 03 - July-September (2009 vol. 2)
ISSN: 1939-1382
pp: 239-248
Adel Khelifi , ALHOSN University, Abu Dhabi
Manar Abu Talib , Zayed University, Abu Dhabi
Mohamed Farouk , ALHOSN University, Abu Dhabi
Habib Hamam , University of Moncton, Moncton
The higher education community is concerned about the cost and performance of commercial software products. A common view is that existing proprietary options do not have the features required by instructors and students or allow for cost-effective customization. One way to address these problems in poorer countries, and hence improve their quality of education and access to knowledge, would be to consider the modern educational tools available with no license fees through open-source software. This paper presents an initial development of a complete open-source software platform called the Open University Project, which contains software that precisely fulfills user requirements in the higher education sector. The paper also highlights the financial advantages of introducing open-source software in developing countries and its positive impact on educational quality.
Proprietary software, higher education sector, open-source software, platform development, developing countries.

A. Khelifi, M. A. Talib, M. Farouk and H. Hamam, "Developing an Initial Open-Source Platform for the Higher Education Sector—A Case Study: Alhosn University," in IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, vol. 2, no. , pp. 239-248, 2009.
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