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How to choose an LMS

eFront

You might already have stumbled-upon Moodle, Dokeos, Blackboard, Saba or Sumtotal. So, you are looking to buy an LMS. You have definitely stumbled-upon eFront, otherwise you would not be reading this message. The thing is that you have a vague idea of your needs and there are far too many solutions to choose from. How you can survive this nightmare with your sanity intact?

Moodle and eFront side-by-side

eFront

Yes, there are many others, such as Atutor , Dokeos and Sakai , but they just haven’t had the same impact as Moodle. This article has been reposted from the Wyver Solutions blog. The original article may be found here: [link]. 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). Don’t make me think. Flexibility vs Complexity.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

Hi there, I'm taking the opportunity to mention Dokeos here, as its lead developer, because it seems unreasonably ignored from the open-source LMSes sphere, and it has the same price-ranges for services than Moodle. However, it has a lot of reporting features, it recently developed web services which have enabled links to an Oracle system for automated registration of users from an organizations' HR module, and to Drupal (see Dokeos module in the Drupal repository). Dokeos is very simple to use with good reporting, I also like Ilias. 4:56 AM Julia said. Wrong.

Other Open Source LMS Solutions

eLearning 24-7

Dokeos -  Offers user synch with HR management systems such as Oracle and SAP. Here is a list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. This is not an all encompassing list, rather I have listed a wide swath, that you may wish to consider, including ones that are intriguing. Nor are they in any specific order.  This is part one.  Part two discusses some pros vs. cons on Moodle and open source LMS/LCMS in general. ILIAS 4 e-Learning. Pojosoft. Docebo -  Integrates with external systems such as video conferencing and HR systems. Atutor. efront. Sakai -  Targets education. Joomla.

Open Source life, LMSs beyond Moodle

Learning Rocks

Dokeos Interestingly OSLiving doesn't even list educational establishments as the potential userbase for this LMS. The demo site of Dokeos set up by Kineo featured a chat room and even a virtual classroom. Answers in a comment please. *4 I found Dokeos on Tuesday then read Steve's review on Thursday - I thought this was us both picking up on the zeitgeist early, but I may have been late to the party. I've recently become a fan of Open Source Living , a site that rounds up the best of the many and varied OS apps that are out there. Again, looks pretty. Marvellous.

Open Source life, LMSs beyond Moodle

Learning Rocks

Dokeos Interestingly OSLiving doesn't even list educational establishments as the potential userbase for this LMS. The demo site of Dokeos set up by Kineo featured a chat room and even a virtual classroom. Answers in a comment please. *4 I found Dokeos on Tuesday then read Steve's review on Thursday - I thought this was us both picking up on the zeitgeist early, but I may have been late to the party. I've recently become a fan of Open Source Living , a site that rounds up the best of the many and varied OS apps that are out there. Again, looks pretty. Marvellous.

Keeping Up - April's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

April's Big Question from Learning Circuits is "How to Keep up?" This is in reference the immense and rapidly expanding technology tools. It is tough to stay on top of all the emerging tools. However, being involved in an e-learning community is a big help. For me it is a blog community and following many experts on Twitter. Not only am I often made aware of new tools, but also get opinions, tips, and examples of their use. You can never keep up with it all, but access to many experts who are also finding and sharing the lastest tech tools make it much less daunting.

Screencasting - A simple way to create bite-sized learning

The Learning Generalist

Moodle, Drupal, Joomla and Dokeos all have good video playback extensions, so this shouldn't be a problem if you're using open-source software. In the past, we've limited screencasts to product demos, software application training and how-to's. For those new to screencasting, here's a screencast about screencasts ! What can go into this movie then? Well, it could be anything.

Screencasting - A simple way to create bite-sized learning

The Learning Generalist

Moodle, Drupal, Joomla and Dokeos all have good video playback extensions, so this shouldn't be a problem if you're using open-source software. In the past, we've limited screencasts to product demos, software application training and how-to's. For those new to screencasting, here's a screencast about screencasts ! What can go into this movie then? Well, it could be anything.