Why Governments want Open Source Software
DECEMBER 11, 2014
A recent report co-published by Zimbra and the Ponemon Institute, The Open Source Collaboration Study: Viewpoints on Security and Privacy in the US and EMEA , confirmed the changing perceptions of open source software. open source for government Open source open source solutions proprietary LMS vs open source eLearning solutions open source open source software
Mythbusters: Open Source Software Edition
MAY 8, 2015
Open source software is used by some of the world’s top organizations, like McDonalds, the US Department of Defense, and Google. You don’t have to look hard to find out why, as the benefits of open source software are endless. Open Source learning management systems cost less, they are highly flexible and they are more secure. Open source
Calculating the ROI for an LMS: Open Source vs. Proprietary
AUGUST 31, 2016
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
Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
I 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.
Open Source eLearning Tools
OCTOBER 13, 2010
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.
Open Source Does Not Mean Free. Moodle Anyone?
FEBRUARY 10, 2015
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 I constantly come across clients who seem to be very impressed by the free tag that Moodle comes with. 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. I think clients falsely […].
The Real Cost of a Free (Open Source) LMS!
APRIL 29, 2010
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? So what is a real cost of a free (open source) LMS? Thumb rule – For any open source LMS only the license cost is zero. Nothing else!
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 is Not Cheap, Leave Alone Free
MAY 11, 2011
We’ve known this all along that Open Source is never cheap, leave alone free. 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. The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS.
weeLearning – open source blended networking
JANUARY 27, 2013
If you’re lucky enough to be heading to this week’s Learning Technologies Conference or Exhibition, one thing is guaranteed, you’re going to meet a lot of cool, interesting people. You may even end up down the pub with one or … Read more › events free stuff get involved
Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source?
Challenge to Learn
APRIL 1, 2012
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). Blackboard has taken an interest in open source since a few years, but they where focusing on Sakai (another open source LMS). Angel BlackBoard e-Learning Moodle Open source Sakai
Pros and cons: proprietary, open-source, and cloud-based LMS
JUNE 16, 2016
Plus, the source code is not made available to clients, which means that customizing your internal learning portal is closer to a dream than to reality. Open-source LMS. Open-source learning platforms revolutionized the business education arena by focusing on teaching and pedagogy on top of the technical proper functioning of the system. Remember the rotary phone?
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 10 Free and Open Source eLearning Projects to Watch for 2012
DECEMBER 24, 2011
This is why I created the following list with the Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning projects for 2012 that will help you implement a low cost eLearning solutions => Please leave a comment if you would like me to include another Free or Open Source eLearning project that needs to be mentioned! eFront - an open source LMS A 2.0 Enjoy!
Open Source eLearning Network Event
JUNE 20, 2013
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? 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? Couldya?
Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations
MARCH 7, 2017
Many associations have, at some point, considered the benefits of choosing an open source LMS for delivering their education programs. At first glance, open source LMS may seem to have certain advantages over a commercial, purpose-built association LMS – no upfront licensing costs, full control over how the system can be customized, etc. Staffing Resources.
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.
Twelve Ways to Add Value to Open Source LMS Systems
Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning
NOVEMBER 29, 2011
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. These devices are supported using MLE Moodle, an opens ource plugin for iOS and Android. Open source platforms such as Open Meetings or Big Blue Button can be integrated with Moodle to bring in this capability. User Management User management is the starting point in making Moodle successful. Catalog Management What does the learner see on logging in?
Announcing the end-of-life for eFront 3.6 branch, including eFront Open-Source
SEPTEMBER 29, 2015
branch of eFront by the end of 2015; this affects the open-source edition of eFront as well. References, downloads and support material for the open-source edition will be transferred to a new web-site during the next couple of weeks. I would like to take this opportunity to talk a bit about eFront Open-Source. News efront open source
5 things beyond open source eFront
JULY 11, 2013
For more on our commerical solutions or the open source eFront edition please visit our website or contact us directly! eLearning Open Source Tools learning management system LMS We recently put together a list of the coolest features (and the all-important ’6th element’) in commercial editions of eFront. REPORTS GENERATOR. SKILL-GAP TESTS. BRANCHES.
Open-source and the “security through obscurity” fallacy
APRIL 20, 2012
The security of open source software is a key concern for organizations planning to implement it as part of their software stack, particularly if it will play a major role. Currently, there is an ongoing debate on whether open source software increases software security or is detrimental to its security. Open Source software is based on a similar notion of security.
7 Must Have LMS Features: #7 - Open Source
OCTOBER 18, 2016
The LMS landscape enhances training effectiveness for organizations in various markets, if you know which features to look for — but with over 600 options in the LMS market, shopping for a new platform is no easy task. This is the last blog in our 7-part series, Must Have LMS Features. Check out the last post here. Learning Management System LMS
Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars.
OCTOBER 31, 2010
As a result, the following post is Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning. The following list contains free and open source Web Conferencing tools that are nt in particular order. BigBlueButton is an active open source project that focuses on usability, modularity, and clean design -- both for the user and the developer.
What We Learnt at the Open Source Open Society Conference 2015
APRIL 30, 2015
I recently had the opportunity to attended the Open Source Open Society Conference 2015 in Wellington, and the chance to hear keynotes from Chris Kelly from Github, Lillian Grace from WikiNZ and many other respected Open Source advocates. With an event hashtag, #OSOS2015, that officially topped New Zealand's top trending feed, businesses, government, geeks and start-ups alike participated in a series of thoughtful activities and lectures outlining the relevance and demand of open source solutions.
Three Things Learning Practitioners Can Learn from the Open Source Community
Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning
FEBRUARY 19, 2015
So, what can we, as learning practitioners, learn from the open source community? If there were a way of openly sharing small pieces of content for repurposing and reuse, with due acknowledgement to the author, it would help build high quality curricula faster. Open source community boasts of several collective accomplishments in the field of software.
Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning
JANUARY 16, 2011
News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/16/2011 Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning Open source software can be used as we wish, without long-term commitments and with a community of professionals that extend and support them. Come on guys are you serious!
The Hidden Cost of Open Source LMS
MARCH 11, 2015
Open source learning management systems have become increasingly popular, and on paper they always sound good. The term free is usually a misnomer; there is almost always a cost associated with using open source LMSs. You search the internet for free LMS and click on the first search result for an open source product that looks good. This looks perfect!
When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?
FEBRUARY 22, 2010
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. I neither love nor hate proprietary or open source systems. How about open source vs. proprietary LMS’s?
Adapt Open Source eLearning: Join the Community!
OCTOBER 15, 2013
Are you interested in open source? The Adapt Learning Community site is now open at https://community.adaptlearning.org /. Here''s a note on the Adapt Community from Sven Laux, who leads Kineo''s technical team: We have been working on turning our very successful Adapt e-learning framework into an open source project. Not sure what I''m talking about?
DevCorner: “Open Source” at TechSmith
MAY 30, 2014
This is the place for i nterviews with our devs, source code samples, and an inside peek at some of the cool stuff we’re working on… The Problem. The Current “Open Source” Solution. When features have this type of cross product appeal they often become “TechSmith open source” projects. Open source projects have leads who watch the project.
Making the Call – Open Source or Licensed Learning Management System
B Online Learning
APRIL 21, 2013
For the past 20 years, the prevalence and accessibility of systems that distribute, manage and administer training and education via a computer based medium has increased exponentially. The history of web based Learning Management Systems (LMS), from their inception shortly after the development of the World Wide Web, as an extension of their precursors being [.].
Open source in corporate learning – The need to take it seriously.
MAY 12, 2012
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.
The Costs Associated with an Open Source LMS - Part 2
JANUARY 10, 2017
Last week we published an article on the Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS - we covered services and extended features, including LMS Support, LMS Training, Setup & Configuration, Ongoing Support, LMS Reporting, and LMS Theming. Open source open source LMS online education costsThis is Part 2.
eFront Best Open Source Solution Announced as Honoree for Best of ELearning! 2011
SEPTEMBER 7, 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!