Open Source Software Improves eLearning

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Jim Laffey and a team of software designers from the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies are working to create open source software to enhance learning and improve the function of on-line resources. The team has created CANS (Context-aware Activity Notification System), an activity monitoring system designed for use in open source information and course management systems such as Sakai. CANS is made available to educators for free so they can better monitor and assist student progress and their students can benefit from the social nature of learning in online settings.