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Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs

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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.  Some free open source platforms, have moved over to fee based systems.

Why an Open Source LMS Isn’t Always the Best Option

Association eLearning

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.

Free Open Source LMSs are like Puzzles

eLearning 24-7

Next, you open up the box and find out that the puzzle has 10,000 pieces. What you just read is what happens when you go free with a learning platform.  I would say open source, but there are systems that provide open source and they are not free.  Thus free open source (a proper way) or some platform that is free. Because a free open source system is just the basics, the infrastructure (and even then, with some of them out there – that is stretching it). . Which on paper seems like a great idea.  Has ads.

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. You can find a long list of tools broken into authoring tools, games/simulations, quiz/test tools, social media, delivery platforms, tracking and whether they support mobile. In addition, she indicates if they are free or cost money – which is not quite the same thing as open source. Here’s some of what I pulled out.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

learning platform – to not just be able to “give learners some training”. Our platform (we use. Totara, an open source LMS), provides structure. Our platform provides. Using Adapt, an open-source. And just in the last five years, the velocity at which new solutions have entered. the market has gone through the roof. We now. learning nuggets. Right?

Pros and cons: proprietary, open-source, and cloud-based LMS

Matrix

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. Read on. Seriously.

Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning Projects to Watch for 2012

eFront

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!

Twelve Ways to Add Value to Open Source LMS Systems

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

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. 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?

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.

Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars.

eFront

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.

DevCorner: “Open Source” at TechSmith

Visual Lounge

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.

Video Learning Platforms

eLearning 24-7

The new kids of the block (please no jokes here) are Video Learning Platforms. While a video learning platform might have multiple products at the end of the day it is built upon two key components (which they all have in some form). – this is the backbone of the platform. APIs – as in their (video learning platform itself) API is open. Flashback.

Future Of Flash Is Open Source

Upside Learning

Adobe, recently announced moving their open-source development to Sourceforge. Looks like a desire to speed up their open-source development around the Flash platform. The new portal called Open@Adobe will hold Adobe’s open source projects in coming days. We advocate the need of openness at Adobe especially for their Flash runtimes.

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

Ignatia Webs

In 2008, our Peruvian/Belgian team won the Tibotec Reach Initiatives grant , which allowed us to start looking at solutions to get two types of smartphones (iPhone and NokiaN95) linked up with the mobile moodle learning platform. The mobile educational platform, MLE Moodle is offered to support the learning events and tracking students’ progresses over time. How did they do it?

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. How about open source vs. proprietary LMS’s?

Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning

eFront

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!

Use an Open-Source or Commercial LMS?

eLearning Chef

classroom tracking, group enrollments, calendaring, advanced notifications), and some are the ‘rocky road’ (or whatever your favorite fancy flavor) with additional components like real-time chat, webcasting, shared whiteboards, With over 500 LMS products with a variety of features, platform support, and pricing structures…there really does have to be an LMS for every possible use-case. 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.

eFront the 1st open source eLearning solution that join OW2

eFront

eFront , the award winning, open source , and SCORM certified learning system, join the OW2 consortium - The open source community for infrastructure software. It is true to say that OW2 if it isn't the only one, it is the only substantial open-source foundation based in Europe. The mission of the OW2 Consortium is to develop a code base of open source software and to foster a vibrant community and business ecosystem. What is OW2? What is OW2 mission? Why Join OW2?

The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS

Upside Learning

As responses to a recent post where I listed f ive things not to do while selecting an LMS I received a couple of queries about using an Open Source LMS, customizing it to suit the requirements and if it is advisable to do so. There were also questions around the best approach to use an open source LMS and on how to estimate the amount of maintenance such might require on an ongoing basis. Selecting an open source LMS. Here are a few factors that should be considered at this time: Customization of the open source LMS. Ongoing maintenance.

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. eFront ranks #2 due to the lesser features in the open-source version (i.e. This LMS is a dual solution; you can download the source, install, and host it yourself…or you can license a hosted solution complete with support and additional features. — Other solid Open-Source LMS products worth a mention include: LRN. Open Elms. Yes, there are lots more. Moodle. OpenOLAT.

Celtx a free and open source software for developing eLearning storyboards

Ignatia Webs

version ( cross platform and delivered in a lot of languages ). If an eLearning course will be build with audiovisual aids, in most cases you will draw up or write a storyboard. Celtx is a great storyboard software. It just upgraded to their 1.0 This software is also useful if you want to construct a podcast which is in high need of a good narrative structure. Nice, I like it.

Course Content Authoring Tools – Open Source (Free)

eLearning 24-7

Below is a list of course authoring tools – think “rapid e-learning authoring software&#.   The list is followed by free open source software that mimics and can even beat – IMO some of its more well known competitors – that you might use when building your WBT. SCORM compliant learning object generator, customized editing interface, web based media player that works across multiple platforms, video/audio, image slides, text synchronization. Xerte - Open source tools for e-learning developers and designers.  All software below is free.

Professional Support at an Open Source LMS: Interview with Athanasios Papagelis Co-founder & Technical Director at Epignosis Ltd

eFront

By saying well supported, I mean that eFront is professionally supported and although designed to last, our clients can always rely that someone is on hand if something does go wrong. => I will very much appreciate if you share your thoughts concerning the following question "Is Professional Support IMPORTANT for an Open Source LMS?" We always try to keep the number of open issues as low as possible. As a internal quality level we have decided on a maximum of 25 open support issues. What is one of the reasons that SMEs choose eFront as an eLearning solution?

platform capitalism and the post-job economy

Learning and Working on the Web

Platform capitalism is beginning to define the economy for the second Gilded Age we seem to be entering. platform: a mobile application delivered through an oligopoly like iTunes or Google Play. Platform capitalism is the ability of a common internet exchange medium to enable easy commercial transactions. Platform capitalism initially disrupts a sector that is poorly served.

Why EasyGenerator isn’t open source

Challenge to Learn

One of them: open source. The question was: should EasyGenerator become open source or should it stay proprietary. In the end we decided not to go for the open source model en in this blog I will try to explain why. Note: With open source software you share the source code of your software with everybody and everybody can contribute to it. When I worked at Stoas Learning we represented a few open source packages ( Sakai , Moodle and Mahara ). My open source experience is therefore mainly based on these three.

dimdim - World’s FREE Virtual Classroom (Open Source)!

ZaidLearn

dimdim Open Source Community Edition dimdim Documentation WHAT? dimdim is the world´s first free web meeting service based on the open source platform. If you want to install dimdim on your own servers, you can download and install the open source edition. The Open source community supports the Open Source edition."

Open Source and Free: Mobile Learning Tools, M-Learning Systems, SCORM

eLearning 24-7

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). Amadeus LMS Mobile – must use the Amadeus platform system Please be aware that this system was in alpha stage, the first stage, prior to beta which is 2nd stage, prior to go-live. 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). The latest books too.

Vote for The Best of ELearning 2011 Awards

eFront

In its 7th year, the balloting period is open and you can vote your favorite eLearning product or service in 26 different categories. and 2004/4th edition) supporting, multilingual eLearning platform. Open Source and Professionally Supported => All editions of eFront are offered with their source code. Lets make it happen! Most options are self-explanatory.

Open Source and Free: Mobile Learning Tools, M-Learning Systems, SCORM

eLearning 24-7

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). Amadeus LMS Mobile – must use the Amadeus platform system Please be aware that this system was in alpha stage, the first stage, prior to beta which is 2nd stage, prior to go-live. 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). The latest books too.

Other Open Source LMS Solutions

eLearning 24-7

Here is a list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. Part two discusses some pros vs. cons on Moodle and open source LMS/LCMS in general. Open Elms -  Support for articulate, captivate,   targets business. Olat -   IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform. Tags: LCMS LMS Moodle Open Source Uncategorized e-learning elearning 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. Pojosoft.

Open Source Business Model

Tony Karrer

A recent spate of posts on the challenges of running an open source business is interesting ( Tosh , Siemens , Downes , Tosh 2 , ). Dave Tosh laments - Elgg is the most popular white label social networking platform in the world powering over 2000 networks. However, there are lots of companies that are making money from open source and freemium models. friend of mine has a company that builds open source applications in spaces that are a bit less innovative than Elgg, but they do very well financially through the packaging and support models.

The end of free?

Onlignment

DimDim as a service will no longer exist as Salesforce made the acquisition to add real time collaboration features to their Chatter platform. DimDim was unique in offering an open source version of their software, which will remain available on Sourceforge , although Salesforce have already stated that they will no longer be contributing to its development. Yugma. DimDim.

TCExam - Open Source CBA/CBT

Learning Journeys

TCExam is open source and completely free to use. The website promotes the following features: Free and Open Source. Platform Independent. TCExam : Courtesy of amatbest54. TCExam is an assessment software system that enables educators and trainers to author, schedule, deliver, and report on surveys, quizzes, tests and exams. TCExam project was started in 2004 and now it is translated in several languages and freely used all over the world by universities, schools, private companies and independent teachers. Community support. Internationalization (I18N).

UPDATED: Other Open Source LMS Solutions

eLearning 24-7

A list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. Ectolearning – Open learning environment, with collaboration tools plus LMS – for Education/academia. Open LMS. Open Elms -  Support for articulate, captivate,   targets business. Olat -   IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform. Tags: LCMS LMS Moodle Open Source Uncategorized e-learning elearning joomla They are not in any specific order. These are the newest listings (6-2-10). offers test capabilities based on rubrics.

2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning

eLearning 24-7

What has been applying is the term mobile learning and how it it pitched to consumers in the e-learning sector, especially with LMS/LCMS/Learning platform vendors. Mobile learning is not just seeing the LMS (or LCMS or platform) via a mobile browser. 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.

CCK08 Free and reliable open source software for YOU and all of us

Ignatia Webs

Connecting to others, is enabled by open source software. The open source community celebrated Software Freedom Day on 20 September. In the past decade, free and open source software (FOSS) has become one of the major catalysts in increasing transparency by lowering the barrier to access the best software technologies. Learn more about Audacity. Really.

Kineo Insights Webinar: The Truth About Open Source – a conversation with Sakai’s Executive Director

Learning Visions

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?

Here are 6 Social Learning Platforms you can enable 'On-Demand'

The Learning Generalist

A few weeks back you may have read my recap of Jane Hart's webinar on choosing the right social learning platform. Jane outlined a variety of parameters that you should use to select your social learning platform - I've tried to summarise them in the picture above. Now before you run off to find yourself a social learning platform, let me play party-pooper a bit. Ready?

HTML 5 and eLearning Development

Upside Learning

The working draft of HTML 5 indicates a need to find suitable open source code which works on all browsers without licensing or patent fee. The Mozilla Foundation has already implemented the open source Ogg Theora and Ogg Vorbis codecs for video in the beta of Firefox 3.5 Now we have HTML 5 coming up – this makes the race hotter. Or does it? So what’s the big deal ?

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