Open source is the new world, at least for the Education sector

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa

“The main problem which affects education is lack of resources. Researches and innovations should be defined in broad sense. Global education is looking for sharing the ideas which can make the education more powerful. Thus empowering education means empowering the resources. ” Foradian Technologies

Here, the open source is playing a pivotal role. Many funded research projects produce software as part of their work. There is an increase of interest in making the outputs of such projects available under an open-source.

Open Solutions and Innovations are the key management strategies organizations need to incorporate into their corporate culture in order to compete and succeed in the new century.  The adoption and application of these new management strategies are already evident within many companies in almost every industry. Collaborative development efforts are to create innovative, open education software tools and applications which are spreading rapidly.

Higher education and other public and private institutions are acquiring and using these tools at little or no cost, explains the Group.

According to Mr. Unni Koroth, the CEO of Foradian Technologies , most people believe that the problem with education is “quality.”

“It is not. It is actually a cost problem. In his experience, most of the schools don’t have the money to invest in a high-cost, proprietary enterprise resource planning system to manage their institution. If the software is open source, these schools don’t have to pay huge amounts on licensing and customization. They don’t have to depend on the provider company for source code modifications.”

Meanwhile, the education group Fedena’s features satisfy these basic needs of educational institutions—like attendance, gradebooks, etc. It would be better to compare Fedena to School Tool and Opensis. By enabling the correct plugins, Fedena can be upgraded to function like Blackboard or Moodle. Project Fedena is building fully functional enterprise software to manage education institutions of any type in all countries.

Also, Fedena is a multipurpose school/campus management software which is used by thousands of educational institutions worldwide for all administration, management, and learning related activities. You can use it, to efficiently manage students, teachers, employees, courses, and all the systems and processes related to running your institute.

“The world of open source is wide The opensource is about possibility to share ideas and effort. The open source opens doors and offers a new perspective. The open source enhances knowledge, effort, inspiration, creativity, and innovation. The promise of open source is better quality, higher reliability, more flexibility and lower cost.”

Most open source operating systems are low-cost or free for educational use. They come with a variety of useful administration tools and user applications. All can use setup to have total, restricted or no access to the internet. If you use an open source operating system, you won’t have to pay large license fees for each computer’s operating system. What is more, there are many open source software packages that also come at low cost but provide equivalent functionality to the proprietary alternatives.

“In open source you have permission to change the software and correct the things that are bothering you, or add new features, or take features away. And if you don’t have the skills to change these things, you have permission to get other people to fix them for you. You have permission to make copies of your changed software and install them wherever you need them.”

“Lower hardware costs Schools rarely have the money to buy the latest hardware but frequently software upgrades require hardware upgrades in order to perform reasonably. Open source solutions are compact and portable, and as a result it requires less hardware power to accomplish the same tasks as on conventional servers. As a result of it you can get it with less expensive.”

Open source software is generally free, and so the world of support through the vibrant communities surrounding each piece of software. Open source support is freely available and accessible through the online community via the Internet. Many tech companies are now supporting open source with free online and multiple levels of paid support.

“A person has 4 types of freedom in Open source. Those are freedom to use, freedom to copy, freedom to modify and freedom to contribute, which means that the freedom to study how the program works, and to adapt it to needs, and the freedom to improve the program, and release improvements to the public, so that the whole community benefits.”

In another recently released document, additional research explains that the major problem faced by schools, all around the world is with administration. Though every school management keeps efficient manpower to handle these management and administration issues, still they face certain problems. It is not only with manpower problem but has to do with technical issues too. “Here the school management software plays a crucial role. There is a school management software which helps the authorities to save 10million dollars every year.”

“Here introducing Fedena , a multipurpose school and campus management software which is used to thousands of educational institutions worldwide for all administration, management and learning related activities. It can be used to manage students, teachers, employees, courses, and all the system and process related to running your institute efficiently.

Project Fedena is an enterprise software for schools and colleges.
Open source version of Fedena gets 200+ downloads daily.

Moreover, Fedena has the users of 40,000+ institutions across the world. Fedena is being used by Government of Kerala and in India there are 15,000+ Schools are using it, which is considered to be one of the largest implementation of opensource in the education sector. (More info>

Fedena was developed on Ruby on Rails framework. It is a web 2.0 application being developed by Foradian Technologies .

Foradian won the MIT TR35 2012 India award for innovation in education domain. The CEO of Foradian Technologies, Unnikoroth defines, “Most people believe that the problem with education is “quality.” It is not. It is actually a cost problem. In our experience, most of the schools don’t have the money to invest in a high-cost, and proprietary enterprise resource planning system to manage their institution. If the software is open source, these schools don’t have to pay huge amounts on licensing and customization.”

The new version- Fedena 2.3 is now available in the market with new enhancements. The latest version of Fedena – the opensource school management system is now available to public for free download. Download instructions – download

“On why Fedena is user friendly. Fedena is developed by using the powerful programming framework of Ruby on Rails. Fedena is a completely web based software. There is nothing to install in your computer. Use it from your favourite browser. Fedena is optimized for customization. The core modules and functionality of Fedena is available as free and open source. Fedena provides i18n support. It is easy to translate into your language.”

“One has the freedom to host Fedena in your server in your premises.
Fedena is plug- in friendly. You can activate or deactivate different plug-in according to your needs. Fedena offers the lowest Total Cost of Ownership for enterprise software in Education sector. Our solutions and services will be affordable for schools and colleges of any size. The teachers, students, parents and employees of your institution will love to use Fedena for their daily activities.”

Foradian Technologies is also all set to release their online university – Uzity, within the next two months. Uzity will compliment Fedena and will offer a better e-learning experience.

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