The Impact of Open Source

With the ongoing trend of taking courses online for personal growth or to improve one’s self knowledge with a particular topic, I looked into the site Open Culture, ( This site was first introduced in 2006 and includes an array of classes including many with video and audio possibilities, all based out of their free courses. Features include online courses from the world’s top universities including over 530 free courses in the liberal arts and sciences alone. The courses can be downloaded via audio & video to your computer or mp3 player. Open Culture’s mission is to provide high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. The mission of Open Culture is to centralize the content, assemble it to give learners accessibility to its high quality content whenever and wherever they want it. A big teaching strategy for instructors to emphasize on is engaging learners to ensure they’re in tune with the subject and considering the learners opinions and needs (Schlosser, Anderson, 1994).

Available through this site are free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, and free e-books all with the help of 2.0 technology. Media selection is important with resources doe creating media, but more important is matching the medium to the curriculum or content (Dick, Carey, Carey, 2009).

You can recommend materials to be listed on Open Culture and have the site managers add links to relevant parts of their site, and suggest materials/links via email. This is good if you want to include a link in one of their podcast directories. With thousands of subscribers to this site, it’s easily accessible via Twitter and Facebook, and you can advertise as well.  There is a Self-Service Ad platform available to purchase ads directly on the site which partners with This platform allows the user to pick the ad inventory they wish to purchase, check date availability, register and upload their unique concept. You can also manage everything on the basic dashboard on the main page.

Open Source software is intended to be freely shared and can be improved upon and redistributed to others. The code in which software is written is free and available to anyone to do anything, as long as the uses are consistent with a 10-part definition by the Open Source Initiative (OSI). Open source does not mean ‘unlicensed’ or free, but typically has a license. The code may be free, but the costs involved in implementing the application within an organization can be significant (Simonson, et al, 2012).

My Bachelors was a combination of traditional in classroom settings with online courses which I thought gave me a good perspective of e-learning courses. My Masters has been all online and seems to almost me the norm for me, not that I wouldn’t mind attending a standard class, but I feel as if I’ve been trained to accept this form of learning and possibly take other classes of instruction in this form.


Dick, W., Carey, L., Carey, J.O., (2009). The Systematic Design of Instruction (7th ed.).New York: Longman.

Schlosser, C., Anderson, M., (1994). Distance Education: Review of the Literature

Smaldino, S., Albright, M., & Zvacek, S. (2012). Teaching and learning at a distance:

Foundations of distance education (5th ed.) Boston, MA: Pearson.





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