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[News] Free ERP Software and Video Conferencing Advanced Through Education

  • Subject: [News] Free ERP Software and Video Conferencing Advanced Through Education
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 15 Apr 2010 08:16:51 +0100
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SunGard Higher Education Launches Industry's First ERP Community Source Initiative

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| SunGard Higher Education and its customers 
| have launched a Community Source Initiative -- 
| the first and only vendor-supported community 
| source forum dedicated to higher education 
| Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems.  
| The initiative is designed to bring together 
| the insights and experience of SunGard Higher 
| Education's extensive user community for the 
| benefit of all institutions; make 
| functionality available faster; and help 
| ensure product quality through functional and 
| technical review.


BigBlueButton Brings Video Conferencing to Classrooms

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| BigBlueButton is a free, open source, server-
| run project designed to run on Linux, Mac OS X 
| and Windows. It's built on more than 14 open 
| source components like Asterisk, MySQL, 
| ActiveMQ, and more. BigBlueButton integrates 
| with open source content management system 
| Moodle and a handful of other popular open 
| source projects. 



Educating on open source: Not as easy as it seems

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| So Schroeder and IbÃÃez have worked with some
| OSS communities to develop lists of "junior
| jobs" on any given project â jobs that a
| student, a newcomer to OSS can come in an do
| with little oversight and in a relatively
| short period of time. It will give the
| students much-needed exposure to the
| community and provide the community labor to
| do some small tasks and concentrate more on
| the larger issues at hand.
| "We're working in collaboration with people
| we know ... [to] create a system where you
| can rapidly absorb the students," IbÃÃez
| said.
| Problem is, he said, college really is too
| late to start teaching many of these things.
| In fact, kindergarten wouldn't be too early
| to start instilling the basic tenets of open
| source:Share everything and play fair. But
| the standardized assessments in every state
| make it difficult to weave new aspects into
| the curriculum in middle or high school.

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