Brad Johnson writes:
As our use of software to support education matures our reliance on enterprise-ready software is increasing. Many educational institutions have reduced the number of software titles available in favour of larger, more stable and general titles. Content management systems such as Blackboard and WebCT have become pervasive; we often find that the only software available to support a course is one or the other. As we move to enterpise systems in terms of adoption and deployment, the number of students we can serve increases but the number of support options decreases.
He continues, building an argument in favour of opensource software as a platform that might support more exploration of alternatives for supporting pedagogy.