What are the issues when choosing between Open Source vs. Commercial Software?
Open Source often has limitations. This could be the number of people that can use a program, such as Cisco who's free version only allows 3 people per online meeting. Sometimes these limitations make it difficult to adequately collaborate or share in realtime in the digital classroom. Open Source software may also have increased issues of compatibility, technical support, or flexibility in its usage.
Commercial Software can become prohibitively expensive and have issues of compatibility with other programs or integrations with platforms that combine and utilize different programs due to its copyright terms. It's often challenging to determine if a full commercial software product is a good fit for a particular institution's or user's needs and thus trial periods and financial commitments may result in wasted opportunities for more applicable or compatible platforms.