Digital Convergence and Free Open Source Software in the EHEA. Some experiences with Gretl


The use of Free Open Source Software (FOSS) provides outstanding advantages in the university context, becoming especially clear in the new framework of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). The main characteristics of FOSS (free use of programs, access to the source code, study and adaptation, distribution of copies and implementation of improvements that benefit all the community) appear related to competences as creativity, teamwork or adaptation to new situations.

This paper examines the role of the free software in the university context, mainly emphasizing its potential to reduce the existing digital divide, and also showing some recent experiences.



FOSS, Espacio Europeo de Educación Superior (EEES), Moodle, Open Course Ware (OCW), Gretl


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