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Calculating the ROI for an LMS: Open Source vs. Proprietary

Lambda Solutions

Open Source vs. Proprietary Learning Management Systems. We're looking at the key cost differences between closed or proprietary solutions, and open source solutions such as Moodle or Totara LMS. ROI Open source online training Learning Management System Totara Lambda Solutions Moodle 2.5

The Real Cost of a Free (Open Source) LMS!

Upside Learning

Moodle is a good LMS with which has grown over the years and offers a host of functionality and features that are very useful to have in an LMS. Add to it the fact that its open source which makes it free to use, has made it very popular. But is Moodle or any other open source LMS (there are a few good ones like the ones mentioned here ) really free?

Open Source Does Not Mean Free. Moodle Anyone?

Upside Learning

I constantly come across clients who seem to be very impressed by the free tag that Moodle comes with. Learning Management Cost Of Open Source LMS Free (Open Source) LMS Open Source Does Not Mean Free Open Source is Not Cheap open source LMS It is both disappointing and funny at the same time. What clients fail to realize, initially at least, is that there’s no such thing as ‘free lunch’ And there will never be. think clients falsely […].

Free Open Source LMSs are like Puzzles

eLearning 24-7

As you prepare your LMS discovery you might be thinking to yourself, perhaps I  should get those free ones, you know like “Moodle”   And it would understandable to think that way, after all you just sat in a panel session where people from big name companies created their own LMS – and tell you that is the way to do it (which happened at a trade show last year). Next, you open up the box and find out that the puzzle has 10,000 pieces. Thus free open source (a proper way) or some platform that is free. Learning 24/7. Has ads.

WordPress Learning Management Systems Are Growing Up

LearnDash

If you could rewind the internet back to January 2012, you wouldn’t find much on WordPress learning management systems. During that time I was working on an elearning consulting engagement for a client and was researching possible learning management options. If you’re interested in learning more about your options, send us a note!

Open Source is Not Cheap, Leave Alone Free

Upside Learning

We’ve known this all along that Open Source is never cheap, leave alone free. We keep meeting prospects who are considering Moodle as their first LMS. In an attempt to advise our clients to choose an Open Source LMS after doing proper home-work, we have written these articles: The Real Cost of Free (Open Source) LMS.

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.

Education learning management system trends

eLearning 24-7

Many in the education market are still in love with open source systems, such as Moodle. That is why there is an uptick in the number of commercial systems available in the education sector. Mobile Learning. This is one of the most shocking trends in the space – the significant lack of mobile learning in these systems. Social Learning.

Why Moodle Is Becoming Irrelevant

LearnDash

For many organizations today, Moodle is the cornerstone of their learning program. From Moodle, they launch courses, administer quizzes, manage users, and much more. When it first hit the scene, it was applauded for the flexibility it gave the everyday user to establish a learning management system. learning management system lms moodle

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Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source?

Challenge to Learn

Blackboard is one of the largest LMS vendors in the world and is considered state enemy #1 in the Moodle community. Moodlerooms and Netspot are official Moodle partners and will together generate well over 50% of the total partner revenue of Moodle (which is by far their largest source of revenue). Angel BlackBoard e-Learning Moodle Open source Sakai

Lambda Analytika Reporting for Learning Management Systems

Lambda Solutions

Lambda Analytika is a robust reporting and analytics solution for open source learning management systems. With over 600 deployments under our belt, customer feedback made it clear that reporting and access to data was a major gap with the current native reporting functionality and plug-ins available in Moodle and Totara

What is Moodle LMS?

Lambda Solutions

What is Moodle LMS? Moodle LMS is the world’s most popular and most used learning management system. Because it is open source and free to download. Moodle

When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?

G-Cube

– this is what a client’s IT Manager commented after looking at technology requirements sheet of our Wizdom LMS in a presentation last week (It’s built on.Net, and uses Windows Server, IIS, & MS SQL/Oracle as back-end platform). The presentation than briefly turned into a debate between open-source and proprietary systems. You love Microsoft!

Twelve Ways to Add Value to Open Source LMS Systems

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

I've been too wrapped up thinking about interactivity to pay attention to the pains learning managers must go through for making their Moodle implementations effective. So, when I sat down to talk with Dr Asheesh Choksi, technology consultant and architect, about Moodle, he gave me a 12-point program to add value to Moodle - which was quite an eye opener. 1. User Management User management is the starting point in making Moodle successful. Catalog Management What does the learner see on logging in?

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. And you may be thinking, okay, here it comes – here comes the “hate” with Moodle. . 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.). But, it is used as a LMS.

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Open Source eLearning Network Event

eFront

On July 12 th , 2013 in Birmingham, England, the eLearning Network will be holding a day of practical case studies, sharing experiences and debate which will cover how you should procure the technologies to support learning in your organization. The key questions which will be looked at on the day are: Are there any examples of open-source software that isn’t designed for geeks?

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

Paradiso

Moodle vs Totara: Understanding the differences. Anyone who has spent even a fraction of time looking into the world of elearning and the learning management system will have come across the rather abstract names of Moodle and Totara. Moodle has gone through a number of iterations in its 15 year trajectory – from Moodle 1.0 in 2002 to version 3.0

10 LMS Facts You Should Know

LearnDash

Nearly every elearning program that exists today in almost every industry is powered by a learning management system (LMS). The LMS is what is responsible for successful delivery and recording of the course content. It’s clear to see that learning management has come a long way since the early days of elearning. 10 LMS Facts of 2015.

Use an Open-Source or Commercial LMS?

eLearning Chef

Sure, there are still debates about the actual definition, ROI, and efficacy of the published courseware, and those are certainly valid concerns, but as an approach to satisfying learning requirements, eLearning continues to experience significant growth. This is increasingly the role of the Learning Management System (LMS). Some organizations appear to still be hesitant to implement an LMS for a variety of reasons; is the LMS dead already? License an existing, commercial LMS. Academics Learning Mgmt Systems

First Look and Opinion of Moodle 3.0

LearnDash

If you haven’t seen, Moodle recently pushed out a new version (3.0) in November 2015. According to the official release page: Moodle 3.0 This is a welcomed step for Moodle which is the most popular open-source learning management system available. Particularly the four new question types are sure to please the Moodle faithful.

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

Paradiso

Moodle vs Totara: Understanding the differences. Anyone who has spent even a fraction of time looking into the world of elearning and the learning management system will have come across the rather abstract names of Moodle and Totara. Moodle has gone through a number of iterations in its 15 year trajectory – from Moodle 1.0 in 2002 to version 3.0

3 Modern LMS Trends

LearnDash

Today more than ever, the importance of a quality learning management system is being recognized in organizations all over the world. Therefore, it has become even more necessary to have an up-to-date, functional LMS to reliably deliver elearning. Naturally, as there have been technological advances, the LMS space has jumped on board. Open-Source Code.

10 Ways Moodle is Used for Business

Lambda Solutions

When Moodle learning management system launched in 2002 for K-12 and Higher Education institutions, many did not foresee the popularity it would gain in the corporate world. Moodle

Latest Eight #LMS #Trends

eLearning 24-7

They are your new BTF – “best trend forever” Trend 1 – Learning Mastery. Systems are starting to use the term to stipulate that their system provides a higher quality of mastery (learning) than anyone else. While that sounds all nice and impressive, the way some of these systems are doing it, can make any training professional’s skin crawl. You want learning mastery? Create a to do list with items that need to be completed each day, the learner enters the system. Learning 24/7. Okay, just follow these steps.

Open source in corporate learning – The need to take it seriously.

Learning Cafe

The world of learning has been buffeted by the GFC and its after effects. Almost all forms of learning have been impacted. It provides an opportunity for the learning function to explore ways to reduce costs of delivery and improve ROI, as the mindset, as the organisation and stakeholders are more amenable to taking risks and accept changes. Impact on learning technologies.

Open Source LMS

Tony Karrer

I had previously written about Low Cost LMS and Rapid Learning Management Systems , but I receive an inquiry from someone who had a very constrained budget and wanted to build an eLearning Portal. 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.

The Current Top 5 Highest-Rated Learning Management Systems (LMS)

InsiderHub

Learning Management Systems (LMS), are systems, usually web or cloud-based, used to create a learning environment by administering, documenting, tracking, reporting, and delivering electronic education (also known as e-learning), or training programs. Blackboard Learn© by Blackboard, Inc. Udutu Guru© LMS by Udutu (Rating: 4.5

eFront Best Open Source Solution Announced as Honoree for Best of ELearning! 2011

eFront

Nominated as Best Open Source Solution, eFront was selected by worldwide readers and professionals from both the private and public sector involved in the eLearning industry. Awards seek to formalize “word-of-mouth” referrals for those in the learning and workforce market. Because the awards are completely user nominated and committed to recognizing innovation and user satisfaction the honorees reflect direct successful experiences with eFront Open Source Solution. ? If you are satisfied with you current LMS. ELearning! 2011 Awards. The ELearning!

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. Moodle. Moodle remains one of the most popular LMS products, likely due moreso to the name recognition and history than any native advantages….except Moodle includes solid features in the free version; content development, eCommerce, student dashboards, wikis, progress tracking and mobile-friendly themes. Open Elms. 508/Accessibility Learning Mgmt Systems SCORM/xAPI

3 Critical LMS Selection Questions

LearnDash

Choosing a learning management system (LMS) is an extremely important decision for any organization, and with so many options available, it can sometimes be difficult to determine which one is best for your needs. The reality is that there is not a “one-size-fits-all” approach to LMS selection. If you are looking to host your own LMS (cost saver!)

5 Ways Moodle is Used for Healthcare

Lambda Solutions

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7 Extended Features of Totara LMS (Moodle for Business)

Lambda Solutions

If you find that your business needs extend beyond what Moodle offers, Totara LMS might be the LMS for you. Totara is an open source distribution of Moodle, i.e. an extension of Moodle. With Totara LMS, you receive all the same benefits from Moodle, with talent and performance management feautures built on top. Totara LMS Moodl

Moodle – The Most Popular LMS of 2016: What Makes it So?

CommLab India

What comes to your mind when you think of managing your training content? Learning Management System? Half your worries are gone if your choice of LMS is right. In case, you are not, there is no harm going through this blog to know why Moodle is one of the most popular LMSs in the world. Open Source LMS. Cost-effective. Offline Access.

Another Stake in Ground for Blackboard: Two New Investments in the Open-source E-learning Market

Janet Clarey

Blackboard’s statement of principles about open source says it is. committed to supporting the growth, development and use of open source technologies in education worldwide.”. expects to make significant contributions to the community to help ensure that open source options remain strong, reliable and sustainable for all.” . To that end, Blackboard has launched a new business called Blackboard Education Open Source Services – a good thing, right? Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source. Blackboard also says it.

Totara: re-shaping Moodle for corporate use

Clive on Learning

Last week I asked Can the ‘big LMS’ break clear of formal training? - I wanted to know whether Saba, one of the most successful of the big LMSs, could reinvent itself to accommodate informal learning. This time I’m exploring whether it is possible for one of the world’s most popular academic virtual learning environments, Moodle, to be adapted to suit the needs of corporates. There is some overlap: both types of platforms can deliver resources and both can support certain types of learning activities. learning management systems

Best of the Best – NextGen LMSs

eLearning 24-7

Heck, some folks think next gen can align with open source platforms such as Moodle. I’m not seeing that in all honesty.  For me, next gen systems are next generation, the future of the learning management system market, but there is a caveat to all that. Next generation systems are just like any other LMS whereas they can slip and fall. In other words, they can become what many systems in the market have become, a waste of possibilities. How is a Next Gen LMS defined? Affordable systemLearning 24/7.

Advantages of WordPress over Moodle

LearnDash

Open-source software has ushered in a new era of possibilities in the learning space. For a while now, Moodle has been the world’s most popular open-source learning management system. It  has enabled organizations of all sizes to deliver and track learning to (likely) millions of people across the globe. Lately, however, Moodle is becoming rather stale. Unless you are a skillful programmer, removing the clunkiness that Moodle has out-of-the-box can be quite the task. moodle wordpress lms