Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
already have spoke ad naseum about the pros and cons of any free open source platform, so my criteria on what I feel are the best 10 free open source systems are presented below. The reason I state “free” open source, is because “open source” itself is not necessarily free. I’m not talking about your customization of it, rather that with some companies they charge for you to use their open source code. Hence, the word “free” All the systems below are 100% free open source systems.
Why an Open Source LMS Isn’t Always the Best Option
SEPTEMBER 17, 2015
You’re shopping for an LMS and behold FREE OPEN SOURCE LMS pops up. Free and open source. Well hold the phone because if it sounds too good to be true, it’s because open source isn’t all it claims to be. Yes, it sounds like a good idea, but if you own a business or run an association, you might want to think twice about open source. Quality.
Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning
OCTOBER 17, 2010
eFront News from the e-learning frontier 10/17/2010 Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning As an e-Learning consultant I always was fun of open source software. In this post I am not going to talk about open source learning management systems such as eFront  but rather dedicated open source "authoring tools". The answer is simple.
Top Open Source Learning Management Systems
FEBRUARY 22, 2016
There are many benefits involved with choosing an open source learning management system (lms) for your educational needs; starting with the ability to fully customize the software to your organization’s needs without having to purchase expensive licenses. With minimal risk involved, it is really hard to go wrong with any of the open source learning management systems listed below.
Free e-Learning books
NOVEMBER 14, 2010
Information technology has brought unique capabilities to learning spaces, whether stimulating greater interaction through the use of collaborative tools, videoconferencing with international experts, or opening virtual worlds for exploration. Recent Comments Blog Archive ► 2011 (3) ► January (3) Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Le. Dunlap Learning 2.0
Top 5 e-Learning books for beginners
JANUARY 10, 2011
Recent Comments Blog Archive ▼ 2011 (3) ▼ January (3) Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Le. Top 5 e-Learning books for beginners Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch fo. The most updated and popular E-Learning Blogs Free e-Learning books Facebook for e-Learning ► October (3) Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meet.
Extend eFront with modules for fun and profit
JANUARY 14, 2015
In our recent introduction to eFront’s architecture, we emphasized it’s open source nature and extensibility. In this post we’ll take a look at eFront’s module system, and how it enables eFront users to extend and mold the software to their e-learning needs. Modules what? The repository. Yeah, eFront is really that extensible.
eFront 3.6.12 just released
DECEMBER 24, 2012
This maintenance update includes important speed optimizations, full text-search for documents for our enterprise clients, a module to bootstrap modules production, a new sleek modern theme, dozens upon dozens of minor bug fixes, and several tweaks to make your favorite tool even more enjoyable! module to bootstrap modules production. Full-text search for PDFs, DOCs etc.
Kineo Insights Webinar: The Truth About Open Source – a conversation with Sakai’s Executive Director
FEBRUARY 25, 2010
Today as part of the Kineo Insights webinar series – a conversation on open source. The following are my notes from Part 1 of the webinar: The Truth About Open Source: A conversation with Michael Korcuska, Executive Director of Sakai. The Truth About Open Source Who writes the code? And other burning questions about source… Poll #1: How many of you currently use open source LMS? 5% currently use one 95% do not use an open source LMS. Poll #2: What do you consider the primary benefits of an open source LMS?
2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning
DECEMBER 5, 2011
Under this mobile learning misrepresentation, I can tell you that nearly every system out there – can make this argument – because if you can open up Safari and go to the vendor’s web site and then into your SaaS based LMS – then guess what? Click on the app and your default browser opens and off you go. As I often say to folks, what is the point of having an app, if all it does is open up my browser. I can do the same thing, without using your app. Open Source Commercial. Academia/Higher Ed Open Source System of the Year.
Open Source and Free: Mobile Learning Tools, M-Learning Systems, SCORM
OCTOBER 22, 2010
Below is a list of various open source and free tools including: m-learning, testing web pages in browsers, mobile learning systems, SCORM and the lame PENS (IMO). S1000D-SCORM Bridge Open Toolkit - provides a reference implementation for creating consistent, interoperable SCORM 2004 3rd Edition Content Packages from an S1000D SCORM Content Package Module (SCPM). Uncategorized e-learning elearning Open Source SCORM m-learning mobile learning PENS E-Learn InfoWhat I did not include in this blog posting. Paid, you could find across all markets. Very cool.
Open Source and Free: Mobile Learning Tools, M-Learning Systems, SCORM
OCTOBER 22, 2010
Below is a list of various open source and free tools including: m-learning, testing web pages in browsers, mobile learning systems, SCORM and the lame PENS (IMO). S1000D-SCORM Bridge Open Toolkit - provides a reference implementation for creating consistent, interoperable SCORM 2004 3rd Edition Content Packages from an S1000D SCORM Content Package Module (SCPM). Tags: E-Learn Info Open Source PENS SCORM Uncategorized e-learning elearning m-learning mobile learning What I did not include in this blog posting. Paid, you could find across all markets.
2010 LMS Products of the Year
DECEMBER 27, 2010
Open Source Systems – That have to be 100% free to be considered. Please remember for TM or as some vendors like to pitch as “performance management or knowledge management , the modules are extra and are not part of the system (at least for now). Open Source LMS of the Year. While many systems have offered in the past e-comm modules, these systems created solutions/features within their LMS for an “extended enterprise or as one puts it “channel product management capabilities. These standout to me. Categories. Big Dog LMS.
Extensions on RSS module
AUGUST 2, 2010
News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 8/02/2010 Extensions on RSS module eFront had for some time now an RSS module that could fetch and present an RSS feed inside a lesson or on administrators panel. The new RSS module can expose as RSS a wide range of eFronts data. Powered by Blogger
The gradebook module
JULY 23, 2010
News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 7/23/2010 The gradebook module The brand new eFronts gradebook module combines results from online activities (tests, participation, projects) and offline activities (written tests, teacher judgment,) to produce grades for users. Lets see a practical example.
4 Reasons Why You Should Flip Your Training
APRIL 7, 2016
Once companies have transitioned to the flipped learning model, they can replace the class instructional time with online instructional modules: eLearning and embedded videos to be viewed and completed before the training session. Freddie has pioneered the adaptation of open-source LMS’s and eLearning environments for both Corporations and Government Agencies. . Let’s face it.
JANUARY 5, 2011
News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/02/2011 Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch for 2011 2011 is the e-Learning year! This is why I created the following list with the Top 10 open source e-Learning projects for 2011 that will help you implement a low cost e-Learning solution.
Top 10 eLearning Resources You May Not Have Thought Of
FEBRUARY 17, 2015
This open source toolkit enables you to produce interactive learning materials in a productive online environment. This flexible eLearning software offers a simplistic, but effective way of creating online modules. Guest post by Robert Morris. The upswing of the eLearning industry is showing no signs of slowing down. Xerte. Audacity. Ninja Essays. VIDIZMO. Thinking Cap. INOVAE.
Kineo Insights Webinar: Kronos Moodle Case Study
FEBRUARY 25, 2010
Today as part of the Kineo Insights webinar series – a conversation on open source. Compared it to a # of diff open source offerings as well as large commercial systems and smaller vendors as well. Implemented Moodle’s Flash video module – created fabulous video experience. Looking at how to use Moodle for more traditional HR functionalities…corporate world is taking open source much more seriously. Did Kronos want open source or proprietary? Tags: open source moodle Why we chose Moodle as a platform. It’s free.
When to use #Gamification
APRIL 29, 2013
Gamification can also be done at the content level where the compliance online training module is turned into a “who-done-it” to find where the compliance violation took place. Skill Building—If you want to learn how to use the Ruby on Rails, an open source web application framework for the Ruby programming language, you could sit down with a manual and plow through pages of text or you could program a web site for Zombie meet ups. Some ideas on when to use #Gamification. ( a sneak peak of my 2014 Gamification Fieldbook). One example is the game FoldIt! Content Guide
How to Get the Greatest ROI from eLearning
JUNE 7, 2016
However, with an electronic performance support subsystem as part of an online learning system, skills can be reinforced long after a course is over, so it’s a conservative calculation for eLearning modules.” A return of $8 for every $1 invested is a figure almost any organizational leader could get excited about. What holds them back is the unknown about eLearning’s return on investment.
A peak under eFront’s hood
JANUARY 5, 2015
We’ll just give you a high level description of what powers eFront, the software analogous of opening the hood of a Ferrari to take a peak at its engine; you don’t need to be mechanic to appreciate that. Open Source software not only gives you the program, it also gives you the program’s source code, and lets you do anything with it.
Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
Top Three Open Source LMSs of 2013-14. Moodle - Whether you like it or not, the system still reigns supreme for free open source. But, as we all know, nothing is ever really free, so if you go open source make sure you have the resources to invest to make it robust. Open Elms – The first free open source LMS, geared specifically for business. 3. In an earlier post, I presented the top ten LMSs of 2013-14, but held back on announcing the top 20. Not anymore. Below are my top 20 rankings for 2013-14. Moodle ranks #46. 2.
Free Storyboard Templates for e-Learning
DECEMBER 12, 2010
How To Design Custom PowerPoint Templates for E-Learning (Plus 8 Free Templates) DigiTale s by Bernajean Porter Storyboard Templates and Resources by MinuteBio Really Fast Storyboarding for E-Learning Projects by Dr. Thomas Welsh ( MSWORD document containing storyboard ) Open Source Software for Storyboarding Celtx is an open source software that you can download and use it for free. Recent Comments Blog Archive ► 2011 (3) ► January (3) Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Le. 28 Storyboard Templates!!! Thanks! Excellent post!
E-Learning Analytics: The ROI for Online Courses
APRIL 7, 2016
AWStats and Webalizer are free, too. I can think of two products that are free and are open source as well: Open Web Analytics and Piwik. Analytics with the course or module is also available. Attention, instructional designers, content developers, and training managers! Do you ever wish you could have a periscope view of what the learner was paying attention to?
Join the debate on multi-device learning
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015
As part of the event, founding members of the world’s leading open source responsive framework, Adapt will be answering questions about the technology in the first ever Adapt Hangout on Tuesday, October 6. Sponge UK will also be unveiling a new elearning module on cybersecurity, built using Adapt, so people can see how the technology responds to different devices.
Tech Knowledge: LMS – What were they Thinking? Notes on the Go
JANUARY 28, 2010
Module Advertisement and Mobile Learning. Lastly, they advertise lots of modules — nice, but they charge extra for them. So you cannot create content/courses in other mobile learning tools or open source mobile learning tools and not be able to use it with their solution. – future – yeah – open source, api. Tags: LMS Open Source TechKnowledge Uncategorized e-learning elearning emerging technology when it came to features in their system. What were they Thinking? 1. Simple to use. Easy to use. Anyone can do it.
5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012
DECEMBER 20, 2011
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. 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. It would not surprise me, if a vendor or two develop partnerships with AR houses to build, nor create AR apps using open source toolkits.
APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning
JULY 30, 2010
Open Architecture. APIs are open source code, so that developers (inc. Google code is open source code, so you can manipulate. You want e-commerce, but your vendor doesn’t offer it or wants you to pay for an add-on module. Open source and end users becoming content producers is the next evolution of the net and thus learning. If you want to take a peek into the future, then you should look no further than APIs and what they bring to the table. your IS/IT people) can make modifications or changes in the code to suit your needs. Gdata.
The Revolution is Coming: Consumer Tablets and E-Learning
JUNE 25, 2010
Ipad, Entourage EDGE, Camangi WebStation, Freescale, Amtek, Asus,Open Peak’s Open Tablet, ExoPC Tablet, Fusion_Garage Joo Joo, Ubuntu Linux SmartQ, EAFT MagicTile. 3D desktop framework, Battery life of 10 hours, Stylus, Handwriting recognition, works with Wacom, offers a GPS module. APIs, Open Source, HTML5. Open Peak. Tags: HTML5 LCMS LMS Open Source Uncategorized WBT e-learning e-learning vendors elearning learning portal m-learning mobile learning social learning social media tablets mlearning tablet The Revolution. Battlefield.
FREE Alternative to Camtasia Studio
JANUARY 6, 2013
One great way for instructional designers to create effective learning material is to include screenshots and videos in their e-learning modules. Cam Studio is a free open source screen capture and recording tool for Windows with the accolades to back up the hype. Many programs have this feature build in (i.e. Don’t get me wrong, Camtasia Studio is pretty great. EZvid.
10 Widely Used Authoring Tools that Support HTML5 and Empower E-learning
JULY 12, 2016
This helped develop interactive features and animations in e-learning modules. Smartphones, iPads, and tablets have opened new avenues for learning. Responsive design helps your e-learning course content rearrange itself when opened on any device, irrespective of the screen size. Adapt Learning ’ is the most widely used open source e-learning authoring tool.
The Best of Times, The Worst of Times: opportunities and challenges for the L&D profession
Performance Learning Productivity
DECEMBER 20, 2013
ON THE SURFACE THERE IS GENERAL SATISFACTION WITH EXISTING LEARNING INTERVENTIONS The vast majority of people attending learning events or learning interventions (classroom training, eLearning modules, virtual sessions) reported that they were satisfied with the event or intervention (in the survey 84% declared they were satisfied or very satisfied). There is a choice. n(d)s?t/
Project Ara: The Lego Smartphone!
NOVEMBER 4, 2013
Project Ara is attempting to develop modular compenents for smartphones which incorporate open hardware design. add a higher end GPS module to your phone). remove video camera module from your phone). Pay for only the modules you install Phone is customize for your needs and tastes. Open source community designs new modules. revolution!
Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)
NOVEMBER 3, 2015
Even open source systems. But, they do use modules (so you can buy learning for example, and then down the road or at the same time performance and so forth). . To me, each one of them does a lot of different things, but learning is a secondary, not primary. . I say this, and you can see it yourself, buy seeing all the modules available. Talk to many of them privately and they will say that most folks buy two modules out of the gate. Then there are other vendors not on this list, they utilize modules. Not everyone gets in. Everyone is considered.
The Just Right Learning Management System
DECEMBER 3, 2012
Customizing an Open Source Platform. As the enterprise LMS has evolved, so too have alternate applications that are built on open source platforms. The e-Learning module and the LMS save time for applicants and the Diocese while improving child abuse prevention and compliance. By customizing open source platforms, it’s now possible to get the exact functionality you need – nothing more, nothing less – without entering the $1.9 According to a recent Bersin study , organizations will spend $1.9 billion enterprise LMS marketplace.
My Thoughts on Geetha Krishnan's session on Learning and Technology
JUNE 28, 2010
As Geetha mentions, technology is only the 'way' a training module is delivered and ID the 'how'. But, during concept testing, we realized that our learners were not comfortable sharing their opinions out in the open. Geetha opened my eyes to a very valid point. Finally, is learning open-source? Learning is open source. We sure do. Think about it.