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eLearning Chef’s Top 5 Open-Source LMSystems

eLearning Chef

Per the previous post , here’s our list of the top 5 open-source LMS products. You can search for ‘top open source LMS’ and find several similar lists. eFront ranks #2 due to the lesser features in the open-source version (i.e. This LMS is a dual solution; you can download the source, install, and host it yourself…or you can license a hosted solution complete with support and additional features. — Other solid Open-Source LMS products worth a mention include: LRN. Open Elms. Yes, there are lots more. Moodle. OpenOLAT.

Education Conferences June to December 2014

eLearn Hub

Here is the downloadable conference list (doc). Conferences Interesting Stuff Distance Learning elearning elearning development Gamification GIMP hub Moodle OERs Open Source Posted in Conferences Interesting Stuff. The following is a list of education conferences, taking place worldwide, for the the second half of 2014, June – December and beyond. Thank you Clayton.

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Top 18 Incredible Resources on Using QR Codes in E-Learning & M-Learning


The technology behind QR Codes is available as open source. Tag my Doc : This is a tool that automatically adds a QR code to your documents tohelp you ensure that you are always working with the most up-to-date version of the document. THE JOURNEY: We at Learnnovators have always been excited about Quick Response (QR) Codes. We have been doodling about leveraging the possibilities these quirky square codes offer while developing cost effective and powerful mobile performance support solutions. What is the process of creating QR Codes? What are the options available? Listly.

eFront 3.6.12 just released


Full-text search for PDFs, DOCs etc. This means you can search for text inside PDF, Doc or Excel files you upload to the system. We are using the power of the Xapian search engine, along with Open Office’s excellent conversion scripts, to provide for a seamless yet powerful integration with efront’s own search engine. What better time for new toys if not Christmas!

OpenOffice Impress - a rapid tool?

Learning Rocks

The open source movement supports pretty much all we have to offer. If you aren't entirely ready to leap on line for your documentation handling courtesy of the likes of Google Docs, you have one very powerful option, OpenOffice. rapid tools open source tools flashIt is entirely possible to create blogs, wikis, elearning courseware and even LMSs for free. To design your projects you can replace Adobe with a range of sophisticated desktop apps such as GIMP , Nvu/ Kompozer , Inkscape , Audacity and so on. has anyone used that feature? Anyone tried that?

25 free eLearning tools + person in the picture: Jane Hart

Ignatia Webs

The top 10 free tools lists Firefox, delicious, Google reader, Gmail, skype, Google calendar, Google docs, slideshare, flickr and voicethread. In my quest to realize a Star Trek-ian society within my lifetime I wish to promote free tools, eLearning tools at that. One of the great recent repositories is Jane Hart's Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies.

Free Quiz and Test Maker Tools Plus My Top 3

eLearning 24-7

Easy Test Maker K12, A, PY, M/C, T/F, FIB, MAT, S/A, MA, Unlimited number of tests, DL as word doc., Openmark All, seems to push towards academia, but can be used in corporate market, unknown types of questions, unique approach whereas feedback is the key, interactive process, question choices, exist – open source. testMaker K12, A, unknown types of questions, create and publish tests and questionnaires online – web based, open source. wQuiz K12, unknown types of questions, create interactive quizzes on net, major lame, open source.

CMS: An Alternative to a LMS for those who seek Portals or Communities

eLearning 24-7

And, with the costs of a LCMS or even some CMSs, you might want to seek out the open source – FREE way. Unless you plan to add some APIs (since they are open source, you could) to create reports on some data or do robust data collection, it is not going to happen.  As for the course authoring tool – to create courses within a CMS and then launch them?  Uh, no. Later today, I will post a page on my site that contains an extensive list of  free open source CMSs, for you to click and view. flv), HTML5, docs, pdf, etc. So, what do you do?


APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Open Architecture. APIs are open source code, so that developers (inc. Google code is open source code, so you can manipulate. Uses Google Docs. Open source and end users becoming content producers is the next evolution of the net and thus learning. Widgets CMS HTML5 LCMS LMS Open Source SAAS SCORM Trends Uncategorized e-learning e-learning vendors elearning hosted learning portal m-learning mobile learning social learning social media web conferencing Mashups mashup Twitter has APIs, so does Facebook, even Linkedin. Blogger.

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. Google – including Google Maps, Google Charts, Google Docs, etc. I love the end of the year. Many people look back and are amazed. like that because it tells a story.

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5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

eLearning 24-7

LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. Actually it already has with some end users.  I have seen continued interest and downloads for open source AR tool kits. No longer are they stuck saying, well it would something like this – and show an image or hard doc, now the end user can experience it. . Augmented reality opens those doors. Open source toolkits already exist, so I am projecting an increased use with education and businesses who have the tech folks in house to build such apps. Boring.

The Revolution is Coming: Consumer Tablets and E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Learning aka Mobile Learning is enabling people in theory to take courses via the smart phone or as some vendors have the nerve to include &# cell phones  – as in all-inclusive&# ,  or in reality to use m-learning solutions to enable a collaborative or social learning platform or view documents – such as PDFs or word documents on their smart phones in some manner in which people read the docs and then follow steps.  APIs, Open Source, HTML5. Open Peak. The Revolution. Battlefield. Not exactly, interactive. Battle Plans. And more or on the way. Armies.


Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

eLearning 24-7

greater number of people, worldwide are using SaaS then ever before, mobile products, tablets – especially the iPad – is growing at a feverish pace, people are using online storage, beyond just placing photos and media, and open source is continuing expansion. To hold photos, images, media files – eventually moved to word docs. Free open hard drive space – especially with video hungry files. Why are people using such products as Google docs? eyeOS, is 100% free and open source. . Can be open source, cost?


OpenOffice Impress - a rapid tool?

Learning Rocks

The open source movement supports pretty much all we have to offer. If you aren't entirely ready to leap on line for your documentation handling courtesy of the likes of Google Docs, you have one very powerful option, OpenOffice. Tags: rapid tools open source tools flash It is entirely possible to create blogs, wikis, elearning courseware and even LMSs for free. To design your projects you can replace Adobe with a range of sophisticated desktop apps such as GIMP , Nvu/ Kompozer , Inkscape , Audacity and so on. has anyone used that feature? Anyone tried that?

10 Social Media Tools For Learning

The eLearning Coach

Dimdim has an open source version so developers can integrate it with other software. It  also integrates with a few open source eLearning tools. It’s a free and open source application with templates and plugins for enhancements. Yammer seems to be a simple way to engage and to open communication across an organization. Audacity. Dimdim.

What corporates can learn from the Top 10 Tools for Learning 2012

Jane Hart

Both projects written up courtesy of the UK  TowardsMaturity website.). 3 -  Google Docs/Drive. So rather than passing around a number of Word documents and trying to collate the results manually, using a collaboration tool like Google Docs makes this an easy process. But there’s lots more you can do with Google Docs too. People often need to work collaboratively.

Top posts on Working Smarter for April 2014

Jay Cross

That’s a shame because our personal narrative can be a source of deep insight as well as a great way to amplify impact. DOC SEARLS    |  SUNDAY, APRIL 20, 2014. Earth to Mozilla: Come back home   DOC SEARLS    |  SATURDAY, APRIL 12, 2014. Open Learning Analytics   GEORGE SIEMENS   |  FRIDAY, APRIL 11, 2014. Spying on your ass   DOC SEARLS    |  MONDAY, APRIL 28, 2014.

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Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools

eLearning 24-7

That said, for a freebie -and yes, I said freebie (open source) it has a lot of power. Lastly, it looks like a course when you publish it -regardless if it is Flash or HTML5 – not a PDF or word doc or something that is a hybrid of the two. While traditionally best of the best are announced in December, I decided why wait.  I mean it is not like something is going to change in just a few weeks for any such product. Before I get to the list, people always want to know how do I decide what constitutes the best of the best. Here are my criteria. An additional note.

E-Learning 101

eLearning 24-7

To put it in its most basic wordage, its a giant file repository with multiple sub-folders that contain a variety of content (materials, docs, audio/video, whatever), where people can access it, view it, download it (depending on how it is built) and share it. Option for some people: going open source (which has pros, but honestly has a lot of cons). This post is dedicated to my father, Frank J. Weiss, who passed away on 4-7-12.  He often found it difficult to explain to others what I did and more importantly, what is e-learning. Wake Up! New systems, terms and information.


Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Yet More Buzz on Buzzword

Learning Visions

Wired has now done a great review of the app: Buzzword: Web-Based Office Docs Never Looked So Good. ".the Buzzword beats current Ajax-based offerings like Google Docs and Zoho Writer in both usability and aesthetic impact. Little Shots of Theory Instructional Design as a practice in corporate vs. A Conversation with Karl Kapp ► February (11) ID Live with Charles Reigeluth on EdTechTalk Kineo Insights Webinar: Kronos Moodle Case Study Kineo Insights Webinar: The Truth About Open Sourc. like that Virtual Ubiquity is a Massachusetts company. For free. eLearnin.

How to succeed with online learning for colleges and universities

eLearning 24-7

Why deal with an open source system that will cost you more than you think, when one that is turnkey will suffice. Unless their web cam moves where they move to (and some do), then you have zero idea if Sally is providing the answers on a doc. If you are a bricks and mortar college or university, you may be considering offering online courses. Heck, you may have already begun to offer them. The problem is there is a right way to do it and lots of wrong ways to do it. What I’m seeing is a lot of bad. History. Sadly, they would be wrong. Research on online universities.

Times are changing – trends in the content authoring tool market

eLearning 24-7

Google Docs – ever heard of em?  In the content authoring tool market, the number of vendors who offered either mobile learning build capabilities within their tool or offered a stand-alone mobile course authoring tool is 28, of which two are free open source solutions. Courselab – The best free open source product on the market. As the rapid content authoring market continues to grow, new features and capabilities are equally growing.  For the most part, that is a great thing, but as you are about to read, some are not. Trend 1. Projection. Apple.

LSG Webinar - Choosing the right social and collaboration platform for learning

The Learning Generalist

She's the best source of wisdom about social learning, IMO. Social Networking Communication - messaging, discussion, chat Sharing - links, resources, etc Sub-groups - open or closed collab spaces Collaboration Tools - blogs, wikis, microblogs, etc Ning seems to be good for most stuff here. Closed or Open Source - Can you look under the hood? 4. Will it be for a PLN/.

E-Learning Early Indicators

eLearning 24-7

Continued growth for open source solutions; Moodle is still the king; especially in education, although it is slowly starting to appear in the business and government side. #2  Mobile Learning. Real Time collaborative tools, such as integration with Google Docs or desktop sharing, slowly starting to appear. Towards the latter part of last year, we started to hear how the LMSs were near death.  That smartphones were the answer to mobile learning. Tablets? Who is using those things? Social learning? Emerging Technology?  Ha. Well, guess what.  Early Indicators. #1  LMSs.

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Here are 6 Social Learning Platforms you can enable 'On-Demand'

The Learning Generalist

Once you're satisfied you have the choice of going with the free and open source community edition or the On-Demand edition. A few weeks back you may have read my recap of Jane Hart's webinar on choosing the right social learning platform. Now before you run off to find yourself a social learning platform, let me play party-pooper a bit. Just like that - at the click of a button.

Beware the cloud

George Siemens

Web-based tools like Google Docs, Twitter, wordpress, delicious, etc. An API is at best a pacifier to sedate the majority, but it is a far cry from open source. To paraphrase Mark Pilgrim : open enough works for running programs now, but it is a long term sacrifice of freedom I’ve found personal benefit to moving more and more of my information into “the cloud&#. provide the freedom to access my resources regardless of device. The development of smart phones over the last several years makes this model of data creation/access particularly valuable.

eLearning: Interesting Weekly Finds #16

Upside Learning

Social media & workplace performance matrix – Harold Jarche takes Jane Hart’s case study resources and puts them in a matrix, made accessible to all through Google docs spreadsheet. Open source, the code will be released shortly. Definitely worth a look to see who’s trying social learning in the workplace and the results they’re seeing. 2. mobile moodle for iPhone.

CloudCourse – Is it really a learning platform?

Upside Learning

Being open source will definitely help it reach a wide audience. think, next in line is integration with Google Docs as it would definitely make a lot of sense to have an activity which links in to Google Calendar and has a host of Google Docs around it pre and post the activity. And that would definitely be news! That, however, is still something to be seen.

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

eLearning 24-7

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.  Open source document viewer and docs – think Google Docs or spreadsheets, but you create them – or use similar apps – plenty of code and apps can be found; people access these open source programs in their LMS and save them in their LMS. Again, open source programs exist today that you can use as a feature within your LMS. No need to have multiple windows open.

Learning Management Systems to Look Out For in 2016


This open source LMS can be customized to a T with the help of interoperable plug-ins and the resultant project can be shared without any licensing fees. So, you get your LMS free, on an open source and one that is rapidly growing and innovating to give you a unique user experience. Try our LMS Demo to know more about the product. Moodle. Canvas LMS. WizIQ LMS.

So what is software worth?

Clive on Learning

With the costs of manufacture tumbling as retailers source from the Far East, along with a general easing of import restrictions, the costs of clothing in the high street have fallen to almost unbelievable levels. Then along came open source and a host of freebie applications, supported by advertising. At the moment I'm either using or considering using all of the following: Moodle , the open source virtual learning environment. DimDim , open source web conferencing. The same cannot be said for my open source and free software.

Microsoft and Google

George Siemens

Between Apple, Google, and open source software, innovation abounds. New devices (iPhone), views of software (cloud computing), and applications (Google Docs) have generated a new spirit of progress around information and communication technologies. For most of the late 80’s and into early 2000, innovation on the desktop seemed slow or even non-existent. Microsoft dominated the personal computer experience. That has changed. Microsoft recognizes the threat and is responding by developing an online version of its Office suite.

What’s in Your Technology-Enabled Learning Toolbox?

Your Training Edge

Google Docs , Etherpad — collaborative writing. OSQA — free, open-source Q&A software. Piwik — open-source analytics platform. Cytoscape , TouchGraph — data visualization tools, most useful for very large datasets, such as those generated in massive open online courses (MOOCs). Learning objectives. Clearly defined expectations.

Textbook Revolution - TAKING THE BITE OUT OF BOOKS!


Textbook Revolution (TBR) is a great online source for FREE educational materials. Source )." Jason Turgeon, Justin Peters, Wynn Williamson and Tyler Smith ( Source ) JUICE? Most books are aimed at undergraduates , but there are at least a few resources at every level, from kindergarten to post-doc. In a few more, the site is an authorized mirror for files. MISSION?