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Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. Probably one of the better sources on this is Jane Hart’s Instructional Tools Directory. In addition, she indicates if they are free or cost money – which is not quite the same thing as open source. Beyond that, probably the best thing to do is to use eLearning Learning to go through it’s open source eLearning and open source eLearning Tools. Here’s some of what I pulled out.

When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?

G-Cube

The presentation than briefly turned into a debate between open-source and proprietary systems. Now, this was not the first time when someone asked me to compare open source vs. proprietary systems, and I am sure it won’t be the last. neither love nor hate proprietary or open source systems. How about open source vs. proprietary LMS’s?

Open Source LMS

Tony Karrer

Because of their very limited budget, I suggested they dive into more depth looking at open source LMS products. To help get that started, I looked at eLearning Learning and found some pretty good sources around LMS / Open Source and Learning Management System / Open Source. Open Source life, LMSs beyond Moodle - Learning Rocks , December 18, 2008 The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS - Upside Learning Blog , October 23, 2009 The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Open Source LMS Comparison

The Learned Man

Starting a new post to capture resources providing comparison, information on Open Source LMS: Course Management Systems Comparison - By Edutools 2006: The Year Of Moodle - From Epic Open Source For Learning - Harold Jarche

Comparison of Free Virtual Classroom Systems

G-Cube

VCR Comparison. All of the open source systems use Flash player and Java applet for desktop sharing, which allows them to work on all the browsers supporting Flash, but will cause problem on iOS & various versions of Android. We recently did a research on free virtual classroom systems available in the market to meet a customer need for whom we had developed VILT content.

Open Source LMS Comparison

The Learned Man

Starting a new post to capture resources providing comparison, information on Open Source LMS: Course Management Systems Comparison - By Edutools 2006: The Year Of Moodle - From Epic Open Source For Learning - Harold Jarche

HTML 5 and eLearning Development

Upside Learning

The working draft of HTML 5 indicates a need to find suitable open source code which works on all browsers without licensing or patent fee. The Mozilla Foundation has already implemented the open source Ogg Theora and Ogg Vorbis codecs for video in the beta of Firefox 3.5 Now we have HTML 5 coming up – this makes the race hotter. Or does it? So what’s the big deal ?

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Moodle and eFront side-by-side

eFront

With eFront’s recent string of awards , I thought it was about time I took a look at this relative newcomer to the open source Learning Management System market. For many years, Moodle has been most people’s port of call when looking for an open source LMS (or Virtual Learning Environment in the education sector). By comparison, eFront’s user interface is a delight. eLearning Guest post Learning Open Source Opinion learning management system Learning Technology LMSThis article has been reposted from the Wyver Solutions blog. Don’t make me think.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

eLearning 24-7

Open Source Systems – That have to be 100% free to be considered. like this system and its functionality in comparison to the other players in this space. Open Source LMS of the Year. learning portal has replaced them, because they back end is either a LMS – which with APIs or added open source code can include CMS capabilities, OR the back end is a CMS or a mashup of one. Uncategorized e-learning elearning LMS Open Source e-learning vendors learning portal E-Learn Info learning portalsThese standout to me. Categories.

Arguments for Open Source in a Corporate Environment

In the Middle of the Curve

Many of these arguments are the same ones heard about any open source solution vs. corporate. It also highlights some of the misconceptions about Moodle and open source software in general. Click Log In as Guest and you should receive access to the Using Moodle forum. - At the Course page, choose Comparisons and Advocacy. On moodle.org, there is an informative thread debating the pros and cons of implementing Moodle over a commercial solution (Blackboard the example most discussed since most of the forum members are in higher ed).

Moodle vs Totara – which is the right choice for you?

Paradiso

Despite sounding like the son and daughter of some bohemian celebrity couple, they are actually two different incarnations of the same thing, and that thing is an open source LMS which is used by million of people worldwide and is ‘free’ to get hold of. It is a popular custom version of Moodle which remains open source, but with a few costs tacked onto it. Hierarchies.

Moodle vs Totara – which is the right choice for you?

Paradiso

Despite sounding like the son and daughter of some bohemian celebrity couple, they are actually two different incarnations of the same thing, and that thing is an open source LMS which is used by million of people worldwide and is ‘free’ to get hold of. It is a popular custom version of Moodle which remains open source, but with a few costs tacked onto it. Hierarchies.

To be or not to be Moodle

eLearning 24-7

Right now you are probably in one of three camps when it comes to open source LMSs, specifically Moodle: Huge fan and most likely have it. It is not hate that I bring upon you good folk, rather it is the facts concerning Moodle and to be fair a comparison between it and in general commercial systems (since feature sets may differ, systems do differ to a degree, design, UI, my mom’s BBQ chicken (mmm), etc.). Not a fan of it. Thinking of soup, I mean Noodles! And you may be thinking, okay, here it comes – here comes the “hate” with Moodle. .

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HTML 5 and eLearning Development

Upside Learning

The working draft of HTML 5 indicates a need to find suitable open source code which works on all browsers without licensing or patent fee. The Mozilla Foundation has already implemented the open source Ogg Theora and Ogg Vorbis codecs for video in the beta of Firefox 3.5 Now we have HTML 5 coming up – this makes the race hotter. Or does it? So what’s the big deal ?

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

All the Open source systems – again you must add TinCan API on your own. Latitude Learning – only if you have the open source solution and you must add TinCan API on your own. Not just in comparison to the past couple of years, but all time (for those who were more than three years old). . I love the end of the year. like that because it tells a story.

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Trends in Learning: What’s Latest!

Origin Learning

By comparison, a previous Accenture survey found that only  21 percent  of US workers said they received company-provided formal training between 2006 and 2011. Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs are true to their name- they are massive, open and online. A 2013  Accenture survey  on Skills and Employment Trends revealed that a large skills gap exists in most businesses.

Learning first, technology second

Learning with e's

Such tools are in fact large and complex networked systems, and are very expensive to buy if they are proprietary, and very time and labour intense if they are open source. Students don''t like them because they are impersonal, not easy to navigate, and are a pale comparison of their weapons of choice - social networking services such as Facebook. Let me elaborate. Walk away.

Video and LMSs – Why changes will need to be made in 2014

eLearning 24-7

3840 pixels by 2160 line with an aspect ratio of 16:9  to give a comparison, the top resolution for HD is 1920 pixels by 1080 lines with an aspect ratio of 4:3. At some point down the road, you should be open to the idea of going 4K UHD.  I wouldn’t say go do it right now, but I’d consider it in 2015 – once it is solid. Open source and free video compression standard. With 2014 already in play, it is time for many LMS vendors to awaken by the trumpets playing the background – you might think it is Muzak, but no it’s trumpets. 4K video?

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Education learning management system trends

eLearning 24-7

Many in the education market are still in love with open source systems, such as Moodle. Comparison Time! However, they often do not realize – until it is too late, that “free” isn’t really free because customization has to constantly exist, support, among other things. With that comes trends. Available at your local college and school – NOT!

10 Social Media Tools For Learning

The eLearning Coach

Be sure to do additional research and comparison with similar products prior to making a selection as this is just a small sampling. Dimdim has an open source version so developers can integrate it with other software. It  also integrates with a few open source eLearning tools. Listing is alphabetical.). Audacity. Category: Podcasts. Dimdim. Think of it. TalkShoe.

2012 in retrospective: top 10 posts

Challenge to Learn

Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source? We will see match more take overs in 2013, Not always for the best, but it will happen more and more, it is a sign that our industry is growing up. I’m happy to see that this blog is growing (almost 250% up in comparison to 2011) although that is not my goal. The top 10 is: A new metaphor for e-Learning.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. Corollary => Open Source Video Technologies I'm dealing right now with delivery of video on mobile devices. This month's #LCBQ is the first with the Big Question Thought Leaders. I'm hoping that others will join the effort.

Are you using Steroids? May you should be!

E-learning Uncovered

PhoneGap is an open-source (a.k.a. FREE) mobile development framework that lets you package a single source of existing HTML5, JavaScipt, and CSS3 content as multiple native smartphone and tablet apps. June 20, 2014 |  Free Webinar: Authoring Tools Comparison. It also makes testing your newly-created apps a breeze! Lion) or greater.) Upcoming Events & Webinars.

Google Wave - Learning Environments - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Featured Sources. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Open Source E-Learning Development 5: Media Capture - The E-Learning Curve , October 14, 2009. Other Sources. Cost Comparison: Instructor-Led Vs. E-Learning , October 14, 2009. Open Source E-Learning Development 5: Media Capture , October 14, 2009. Open Source E-Learning Development 3: Open Office.org , October 9, 2009. Open Source E-Learning 4: KompoZer Web Editor , October 12, 2009. Monday, October 26, 2009.

‘Learner as producer’: what Amazon can teach us about the activist LMS

Spicy Learning

In comparison, the traditional LMS usually offers me one main library of generic content, plus a load of other bits and pieces. The social-constructivist pedagogy of open source platforms like Moodle and Elgg, for example, are designed with learner production in mind. In a recent post, I mentioned that the order of the training transaction is currently the wrong way around. We treat learners as passive consumers, and don’t recognise their potential as producers. Wheeler points out that: “The importance of the situatedness of learning at all levels cannot be overemphasised.

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Aggregation and Social Filtering Provide High Value eLearning Learning has somewhat become my singular source of great eLearning content. I use it to filter and find all the best content on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. Open Content Potential But There are Challenges This year I spent quite a bit of time looking at where and how open content could get leveraged in different ways. I’m still struggling a little bit with it, but I know there’s going to be a lot going on around it. Flash may Die and HTML 5 is Going to be Big 2010 opened my eyes are Flash and HTML 5.

More Than One LMS Option

aLearning

Knowing I’d open a can of worms by venturing into discussions about LMSes (Learning Management Systems), I pulled out my opener anyway and yanked off the lid (see LMS = Losing My Smile and LMS Business Model for Associations? ). For a combination of some of the above:  – Web Courseworks’ CourseStage LCMS  : What Web Courseworks has done is taken Moodle (an open-source LMS), developed a “derivative&# system from it so that you won’t have to hire a programmer or company to adapt Moodle to your needs. Required Reading. Webinars?

How to Be Successful at Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

Then you can test three things: Software : Using the same basic module for each application allows you to do a better “apples-to-apples” comparison. There are many sites that give away open source content or images under creative commons licenses. I’m sure others will post links to the sites they use. Here’s what I find typical of people who do rapid elearning. Voila!

LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

eLearning 24-7

True, smartphones are here to stay, and they are  wonderful for a lot of amazing things, but from a true m-learning standpoint, I just do not see the engaging interactive value here, in comparison to other mobile devices. Well, considering that I’ve heard from sources that ADP has been sniffing around the LMS space, I wouldn’t say it is so far-fetched.  Again, open source programs exist today that you can use as a feature within your LMS. No need to have multiple windows open. Perpetuating the Myth. Secondly, it is just not social networking.

Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

eLearning 24-7

In many cases, big numbers in comparison to the last 3 years. The spin of course, is that open source systems enable APIs. Open marketplaces for courses created by end users. So, you now have an open marketplace with a social learning twist to it.  After one quarter (for most companies) into the fiscal calendar year, it is time to see what the future holds in our space. There is Money in those Hills. “This is the best month (January) that we have ever had. They were not alone. good thing? The losses?  million dollars. Freebies are no longer free. Months.

More LMS Options for Associations on a Budget

aLearning

And we’re encouraging outside developers to take advantage of our open API to connect SCORM Cloud to other websites, which could add pretty much every feature you listed at some point. just want to make you aware of some highly capable alternatives to either the high priced LMSs or the high manpower expenses associated with implementing and customizing the various open source alternatives. Tags: LMS LCMS product comparison reports resources And the emails just keep coming in! product, which is primarily a tracking and reporting system. Easy peasy.

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Corporate Social Bookmarking Tools

Tony Karrer

Here are the social bookmarking tools that I commonly cite in presentations: BEA Pathways Cogenz Connectbeam del.irio.us - perl based, very similar to del.icio.us IBM Lotus Connections Scuttle – Open Source WSSsearch - SharePoint add-on Any others? Good comparisons of these? I was just asked on twitter about use social bookmarking tools that work behind the firewall. thought I had blogged about this before, but I'm not finding the post. originally included: Jive Software - because I thought they had it, but it appears they don't

I want to facilitate online discussions but how do I choose the right platform?

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

You make an easy choice and open a ning or groupsite. Opening a group on an existing social network sites such as Facebook or LinkedIn. It is important to make a comparison of the different platforms if you choose this option. or open source software like Drupal , Joomla or elgg (moodle is also used, but is actually optimized for Education) What is it? What is it?

cheap laptops on the road

Ignatia Webs

The OS is Linux and it features open-source software. Although the Asus EEE comes out of the comparison as being the best buy, helping the world to become a little more connected is of course a worthwhile investment. "Just give me a cheap word processor that I can carry!" was my mom's reply when I asked her what she wanted for her birthday. the run for buyers has begun.

One prediction already on target

Clive on Learning

One of these was: "We'll see more online rapid e-learning authoring environments come on the market, perhaps even open source." By comparison, Unison and RapideL-i have different feature sets and very different routes to market, but they join their predecessors in providing the most essential benefits of online authoring, not least easy collaboration amongst those working on the development team. On January 3rd I laid out my e-learning predictions for 2008. I'm optimistic that competition will provide customers with better products at ever more achievable prices.

Reading – Transition to Moodle (Florida International University)

Dont Waste Your Time

“Our testing and evaluation of open-source alternatives showed that both Sakai and Moodle offer comparable tool/feature sets compared to Blackboard. Related posts: Blackboard vs. Moodle: a comparison. I believe that asking questions is a good thing, and can often bring a greater sense of understanding in whatever subject area you currently inhabit. Which is when I found this:   Transition to Moodle, Florida International University. However, the Moodle university, user, and developer communities are substantially larger than those of Sakai.

The future of e-Learning, according to Kasper Spiro | Change to learn

Challenge to Learn

Nevertheless, in essence the courses have not moved forward that much in comparison with the original CBT’s. Source of  theory Ruben R. But it is still a one way street, there is no connection between the source content and this user generated content. If we publish content in a Learning management system the published content is most of the times separated from the source (often wrapped in a scorm package). But seriously I haven’t looked into the open source models you mentioned. Let’s first look at where we are and how we got there.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

This article has the comparison figures. The open source implementation – Moonlight for Linux – is still in development. Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). Is there a competitor to Flash? last year changed that.

lff10 Androids in Africa by Nick Short

Ignatia Webs

Two way communication to build CoP: fundamental to the success of the project Question: what is the relative cost of phones in comparison to African wages. Answer: phone prices are still very high, but the android phones are cheaper because it is open to change. Notes taken during the presentation and the following discussion: Mobile phone penetration in Africa.

RapideL-i

Clive on Learning

Although there is an open source option in eXe , it's fair to say that this is more directed at educational users than corporates. played with the beta version for half an hour and was able to use it successfully without consulting the instructions. I did find the asset upload facility clunky in comparison with other tools I've used, requiring as it does a separate log-in to an FTP (file transfer) site. I've been taking a look at an early version of RapideL's new online e-learning authoring tool, which they are calling RapideL-i.

Google Wave - Social Media Resources - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Featured Sources. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Open Source E-Learning Development 10: Joomla! Other Sources. Moodle and Elgg: a comparison , November 2, 2009. Best of eLearning Learning. October 30, 2009 to November 6, 2009. Upcoming Free eLearning Online Seminars. Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning. Tuesday, November 10, 2009. From Blah to Aha! Ten Best Practices for the Virtual Classroom. Wednesday, November 11, 2009. Wednesday, November 11, 2009. Wednesday, November 11, 2009.

e-Learning Authoring Tools Crash Course -- Follow Up

Learning Visions

My Sources Since I'm not a tool user, I needed to mine the collective brain of the e-learning community to find out what's what. eLearning Authoring Tools Mind Map A month or two ago I asked for your input to create a collaborative comparison of different products on the market. Michael Hanley provides a great resource to the eLearning community with his ongoing review of open source tools. I had the great pleasure of speaking last night at the Massachusetts chapter of the International Society for Performance Improvement (ISPI). asked "What do you use it for?,

The Learning Layer – Review

Learning and Working on the Web

Even without a full product comparison, I would say that several other platforms, including open source Elgg or Drupal can do much of this. The Learning Layer: Building the next level of intellect in your organization , begins with some solid insights on how learning is the key to performing in the networked workplace. Flinn goes on to explain that Web 2.0 BRP & ERP.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

This article has the comparison figures. The open source implementation – Moonlight for Linux - is still in development. Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). Is there a competitor to Flash? last year changed that.

EduTools (Decision-making tools for e-learning)

ZaidLearn

URL: [link] "WCET’s EduTools provides independent reviews, side-by-side comparisons, and consulting services to assist decision-making in the e-learning community. Course Management System – Compare reviews of the CMS products most commonly used in higher education and also used by many K-12 virtual schools. Study the EduTools decision making tool to get a better idea, if you are not sure.

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