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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 Moodle

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 […].

Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs

eLearning 24-7

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.

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. Which on paper seems like a great idea. 

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). This makes you wonder about Blackboards intentions with open source.

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. well-customized Moodle can do that. 5. You don’t want to burden Moodle with the task of managing annotations.

Open Source eLearning Network Event


There will also be a number of experienced speakers and panel members present who will discuss topics such as: An introduction to open source elearning tools, Open Source LMS – Wouldya? You will also be able to explore a vast array of LMSs, authoring tools and other technologies including eFront, Exe, Ilias, Moodle, Xerte to name but a few. Couldya?

Top Open Source Learning Management Systems

Designing Digitally

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.

When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?


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?

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. With 68 million users and 55,000 Moodle sites deployed worldwide, Moodle is a user-friendly eLearning platform that serves the learning and training needs of people from all types of institutions. Moodle

Why Moodle Is Becoming Irrelevant


For many organizations today, Moodle is the cornerstone of their learning program. From Moodle, they launch courses, administer quizzes, manage users, and much more. Moodle is still very popular, but this is arguably driven because of the brand and the way that they have preferred partners implementing their platform. learning management system lms moodle

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Use an Open-Source or Commercial LMS?

eLearning Chef

Use an existing open-source LMS – either through a hosting partner or self-hosting. Now, open-source LMS products involve a bit more consideration: Use a ‘managed hosting partner’ (i.e. frequently-noted benefit of open-source products is the ‘open’ nature which allows ongoing development and support by anyone and no distinct reliance on a particular organization’s solvency. However, open-source project lose interest and are abandoned frequently. In my opinion, that heralded benefit of open-source systems is a proverbial red-herring.

Yes, mobile moodle for iPhone is eminent, we will release open source code soon

Ignatia Webs

the Institute of Tropical Medicine Alexander von Humboldt (IMTAvH) in Lima and the Institute of Tropical Medicine (ITM) in Antwerp) was working on something special: a mobile moodle for iPhone. Yes, I am not kidding, look at Mobile moodle's monthly newsletter here to see the excitement rising. They started exchanging notes on the mobile moodle forum and only in an amazing 1 (one!)

Saylor Academy | I Heart Moodle Series

Lambda Solutions

How Saylor Academy Makes a Positive Impact with Moodle. Thanks to Moodle’s open source model, Saylor Academy has been able to open up their services to an unlimited number of learners, allowing their community to grow, and strengthen. Moodle I Heart Moodlestrong, and well-informed community is the core foundation of any non-profit organization.

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. Designed to help people learn in a private and collaborative environments online, organizations around the globe quickly came to realize the business applications of this open source learning management system.

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

Learning Cafe

Using Open Source approach is one such opportunity which should be given serious consideration. Let us first talk about the open source approach and how you probably use it without being aware of it. So what is the open source approach ? Many open source projects start up with only the ones with the strongest community and value proposition surviving.

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.). This is Moodle’s core audience. 

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


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. 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. ? best open source solution eFront LMS efront the best alternative to moodle eFront Best Open Source Solution Features Honoree for Best of ELearning 2011ELearning!

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. eFront ranks #2 due to the lesser features in the open-source version (i.e.

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


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 Hierarchies.

Keeping Moodle Innovative with the POET Working Group

Lambda Solutions

Six Companies Form the Partners of Open Source Educational Technologies (POET) Working Group to Develop Common Standards for Moodle Plugin Development. The nature of open source projects allow for massive growth in a small periods of time due to contributions from many developers. Integrations Moodle Plug-in Moodle

5 Ways Moodle is Used for Healthcare

Lambda Solutions


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?

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.

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 Moodle

Education Conferences June to December 2014

eLearn Hub

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. Here is the downloadable conference list (doc).

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


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 Hierarchies.

First Look and Opinion of Moodle 3.0


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. official release page.

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Advantages of WordPress over Moodle


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. 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. Not too long ago, I met Patrick Selby from On Learning Point.  A seasoned learning professional, Patrick and I shared a similar viewpoint on the advantages of choosing WordPress over Moodle.

Why MOODLE Is the Most Widely Used LMS

CommLab India

One of the most widely used LMSs is Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (MOODLE). Let us now look at a few features of MOODLE that make it the preferred choice of the corporate training world. Open-source learning platform – Enabling cost-effective learning management. MOODLE is an open-source LMS. Good support to Web 2.0

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Moodle and eFront side-by-side


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). Yes, there are many others, such as Atutor , Dokeos and Sakai , but they just haven’t had the same impact as Moodle. Here, though, is one significant difference between Moodle and eFront. The original article may be found here: [link].

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Open scholarship

Learning with e's

There is much talk about openness in education. Most of us by now are familiar with open learning , and many could describe their use of open source software such as Moodle, Mahara, Linux and Open Office. Many can also articulate what open educational resources look like, and have knowledge of Massive Open Online Courses otherwise known as MOOCs.

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Totara: re-shaping Moodle for corporate use

Clive on 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. So it has been more than a little surprising to me over the past few years to see Moodle, an open-source VLE, used so enthusiastically by corporates. Various companies have offered customisation of Moodle to make it fit better to corporate needs, but TotaraLMS is the first example (as far as I know) of an out-of-the-box Moodle implementation designed wholly for corporate needs.

Totara LMS Presents Benefits of Open-source LMS at Learning Solutions 2014 by News Editor

Learning Solutions Magazine

Totara LMS, a custom distribution of Moodle, announces it will be an exhibitor at The eLearning Guild’s Learning Solutions 2014 Conference and Expo. Staff from Totara LMS will be presenting the benefits of an open-source LMS at the Learning Solutions 2014 Expo and in discussion sessions at Ecosystem 2014. Emerging Topics Learning Systems Management Training Strategies