Open source in corporate learning – The need to take it seriously.

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In Australia, as in other parts of the world, corporate training budgets have been cut and any training considered “discretionary” (read non – compliance) is being questioned. There is a whole range of open source applications that you can use including browsers e.g. Firefox (link) and alternates to Microsoft Office such as OpenOffice. The world of learning has been buffeted by the GFC and its after effects. Almost all forms of learning have been impacted.

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In smaller organizations, where fewer people are responsible for all aspects of the training program, including budgeting, Excel can help you track down training-related expenses, course effectiveness (e.g. There are however several alternatives that are (almost) just as capable, including Apple’s Numbers for OS X ($9.99), Google’s web-based Sheets (free), and the Calc spreadsheet that’s part of the open source Apache OpenOffice suite.