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An analysis of the software development processes of open source E-learning systems

Krishnamurthy, Aarthy and O'Connor, Rory (2013) An analysis of the software development processes of open source E-learning systems. In: 20th European Conference on Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement (EuroSPI 2013), 25-27 Jun 2013, DIT, Dundalk, Ireland. ISBN

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In recent years there has been a rapid increase in demand for e-learning systems. The software development process plays a crucial role in the design and development of a high-quality e-learning system. However, to date, there is no comprehensive comparative study of open source software (OSS) development process for different OS e-learning systems. This hinders the development of a generalized OSS development process, a key requisite for rapidly developing high-quality OS e-learning systems. This paper provides a full analysis of different existing and successful OS e-learning software systems and the best practices followed in the e-learning development. In particular, this paper investigates the software development activities of Moodle, Dokeos and ILIAS. An activity flow representation that describes their current development practices is constructed individually for all three OS e-learning systems. Further, a comprehensive comparative analysis is carried out that leads to an explicit identification of various development stages of the three OS e-learning systems.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:Activity flow diagram; e-Learning; open source software; software development processes
Subjects:Computer Science > Software engineering
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Engineering and Computing > School of Computing
Published in:Systems, Software and Services Process Improvement. Communications in Computer and Information Science 364. Springer-Verlag. ISBN
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Copyright Information:© 2013 Springer. The original publication is available at
Use License:This item is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License. View License
ID Code:18633
Deposited On:12 Jul 2013 13:41 by Rory O'Connor. Last Modified 12 Jul 2013 13:41

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