Pros And Cons Of Open Source School Management Software
Pros And Cons Of Open Source School Management Software—Infographic
Pros: Why Is It So Good?
- It is free to download and set up which makes the initial cost almost zero. You do not have to pay anything to get the software.
- It is free to modify the software according to the unique requirements of your school. You are not limited to what the software already has.
- It is free to reuse in other branches of the same school or you can share the modified software with other schools. Also, there are no limits on the number of users.
- It is free to work with any development team. You can hire a developer from your locality.
- It is free to host the software anywhere. You can host it online or on a computer within the school campus.
- There will be an opportunity to learn some coding and to develop computer science skills for interested teachers.
- The IKEA effect. Your users will use the system more efficiently because they also participated in building it.
- The software is reliable as it is developed by multiple independent developers and the code is reviewed by hundreds.
- The high-security factor. Since the source code is open, it will be audited by experts in the field.
- It is fun! Ultimately, using a self-customized open source school management software improves the collaboration between users.
Cons: Why Is It Not So Good?
- There are problems with support. You can't expect the developer community of the software to prioritize your needs.
- It requires technical knowledge in customizing and debugging the software for optimum use.
- It needs technical skills in hosting the software and optimizing for scale so that it can be used by hundreds of users at the same time.
- Since most of the open source software is developed with developers in mind, the User Experience will not be friendly for non-developers.
- The long-term cost of the open source software can go more than the proprietory software if you do not hire the right resources.
- You won't be able to use an off-the-shelf open source software as it may not fit well for the specific requirements of your school.
- There is a higher probability for the open source project to be orphaned by the developers leading it.
- Training videos or documentation for end users may not be user-friendly for a school teacher.
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