Project manager Richard Wyles says the polytechs started investigating open source as a way of cutting costs. He estimates that using Moodle instead of proprietary software will save the Open Polytechnic about $50,000 every year in licence fees alone.
This article is looking at the decision of The Open Polytechnic & a number of other tertiary institutions, to migrate from other systems to Moodle by July (mid school year in New Zealand ).
I think that the $ are NZ $ – so that’s a saving of just under £20,000. (The licence fees that the Open Poly are saving). Clearly there are going to be costs, especially at start up – for example, they have created Maori & Samoan interfaces – neither of which come as standard in commercial packages as far as I know.