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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.  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

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.

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 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.

Move Beyond Learning to Applying: A Modern Management Development Program

Totara, an open source LMS), provides structure. Using Adapt, an open-source. learning portal, which we can use to report. 1 kineo.com info@mplus.kineo.com 312-846-6656 Hard to believe that it’s been almost 20 years since the term “eLearning” entered the corpo- rate learning lexicon. the market has gone through the roof. We now. learning nuggets. rate content.

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.

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.

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

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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). mBusiness Learning System - collaboration between e-learning and mobile learning system.This system has the following components: vendor management, learning management, content management, portal management, and mobile client application system. Uncategorized e-learning elearning Open Source SCORM m-learning mobile learning PENS E-Learn InfoWhat I did not include in this blog posting. Very cool.

Saffron Interactive’s learning portal named on Top 20 Watch List

Spicy Learning

Saffron Interactive has been named as ‘one to watch’ on this year’s Learning Portal Companies Watch List. Training Industry has recognised Saffron and its open source LMS, Saffron Grow, as.

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

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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). mBusiness Learning System - collaboration between e-learning and mobile learning system.This system has the following components: vendor management, learning management, content management, portal management, and mobile client application system. 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. SCORM.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

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include Learning Portals, LCMSs, as part of the mix. Open Source Systems – That have to be 100% free to be considered. Open Source LMS of the Year. The e-commerce component itself includes a robust function set beyond just the ability to accept credit cards; and the look of the site typically appears as a “learning portal&# , clean, crisp and reminds me more of a web page with products (again, depending on the LMS vendor or system) with maybe advertising capabilities included. Emerging Technology LMS/Learning Portal Vendor of the Year.

CMS: An Alternative to a LMS for those who seek Portals or Communities

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While the race is on for people to get LMSs and LCMSs, there are some people who either do not want or need a LMS/LCMS, but want to create a learning community or more often, some type of  portal – intranet or internet. They may call it a  “learning portal&# or “training or knowledge portal&# or whatever. And, with the costs of a LCMS or even some CMSs, you might want to seek out the open source – FREE way. Later today, I will post a page on my site that contains an extensive list of  free open source CMSs, for you to click and view.

Social Learning – What’s the Point? Time to turn the tables on the naysayers

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believe this is very possible, because regardless of the generation, people want easy, they want fast and if they could do a lot of things in a system for example, rather than having multiple windows open, they would do it. LMS/LCMS/Learning Portals (commercial & free), Social Learning stand-alone systems, hybrid system, content authoring tools, m-learning, web conferencing (already exists in many systems), virtual worlds, virtual meeting systems (already exists in some systems), marketplace exchanges (not affiliated with a system). What’s the point? Not at all. Scribd.

LMS and Learning Portal Directory Plus HTML5 Course

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Latest: 303 LMS & Learning Portal Vendors. 28 free open source vendors – on 2nd tab. Learning Portals. Again, a learning portal can achieve this – i.e. by you incorporating APIs, mashups or some component of such with code and you are using as a back end a CMS. Please download it and not just open up open in your window.  If you do not save it after you open it, you will not see it again, because it will exist in your cache and unless you know where to find it, many people think it disappears. This is continuing.

Moodle: Pros, Challenges

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I want to make something very clear – Moodle and other open source LMSs, Learning Portals, CMSs, etc. You can either have all open, which many companies do not want, or are stuck with course keys and other additional non-necessary steps. The biggest challenge you will face with Moodle, and in many cases with open source LMS/LCMS solutions is that you need to have strong technical skills. Moodle and some other open source LMS/LCMS solutions are not really “out of the box” solutions. are NOT out of the box solutions. User management.

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What’s hurting the LMS market

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True, people are selecting open source systems, and for the majority of them, it is Moodle.  Here is the thing, what these vendors fail to understand is these markets are selecting open source solutions, often for the following. Craig Weiss e-learning e-learning vendors elearning elearning 24/7 learning portal LMS craig weiss E-Learning 24/7 learning management systemsThe LMS market is strong. Revenues across the board are up, profit margins are healthy and competition is on-going (always a good thing). The Negatives. Why Does it Occur? Great stuff, for 1996.

Sun Microsystems Uses Open Source and Enterprise Social Software to Build YouTube-Like Portal for Social Learning

Learning on the Leading Edge

Design an Open, Informal Learning Environment. Most of the system was built in-house using open source tools, and the online content delivery network was outsourced. The Sun Learning eXchange is a great example of how companies can leverage this technology to build highly effective portals for sharing and distributing just-in-time information and training. At Sun, the sales training group does not have sufficient budget or hours to meet all the training needs of sales professionals. " What Did They Do? Conduct a Needs Analysis. Viral Rollout. What Changed?

Sun Microsystems Uses Open Source and Enterprise Social Software to Build YouTube-Like Portal for Social Learning

Learning on the Leading Edge

Design an Open, Informal Learning Environment. Most of the system was built in-house using open source tools, and the online content delivery network was outsourced. The Sun Learning eXchange is a great example of how companies can leverage this technology to build highly effective portals for sharing and distributing just-in-time information and training. At Sun, the sales training group does not have sufficient budget or hours to meet all the training needs of sales professionals. " What Did They Do? Conduct a Needs Analysis. Viral Rollout. What Changed?

Sun Microsystems Uses Open Source and Enterprise Social Software to Build YouTube-Like Portal for Social Learning

Learning on the Leading Edge

Design an Open, Informal Learning Environment. Most of the system was built in-house using open source tools, and the online content delivery network was outsourced. The Sun Learning eXchange is a great example of how companies can leverage this technology to build highly effective portals for sharing and distributing just-in-time information and training. At Sun, the sales training group does not have sufficient budget or hours to meet all the training needs of sales professionals. " What Did They Do? Conduct a Needs Analysis. Viral Rollout. What Changed?

Sun Microsystems Uses Open Source and Enterprise Social Software to Build YouTube-Like Portal for Social Learning

Learning on the Leading Edge

Design an Open, Informal Learning Environment. Most of the system was built in-house using open source tools, and the online content delivery network was outsourced. The Sun Learning eXchange is a great example of how companies can leverage this technology to build highly effective portals for sharing and distributing just-in-time information and training. At Sun, the sales training group does not have sufficient budget or hours to meet all the training needs of sales professionals. " What Did They Do? Conduct a Needs Analysis. Viral Rollout. What Changed?

Community Portals

Learning and Working on the Web

Looking back at lessons learned from community portals (2005) I would say that the transactional portal is the only one that still makes any sense to me: Transactional: sites which are accessible, complete, thoughtful, and coherent; and with more than one type of on-line interaction (e.g. payment, application, consultation, bookings). Photo by yewenyi.

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LMS and Learning Portal Directory Plus HTML5 Course

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Latest: 303 LMS & Learning Portal Vendors. 28 free open source vendors – on 2nd tab. Learning Portals. Again, a learning portal can achieve this – i.e. by you incorporating APIs, mashups or some component of such with code and you are using as a back end a CMS. Please download it and not just open up open in your window.  If you do not save it after you open it, you will not see it again, because it will exist in your cache and unless you know where to find it, many people think it disappears. This is continuing.

APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

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Open Architecture. APIs are open source code, so that developers (inc. Google code is open source code, so you can manipulate. Here is just a few of ones I like, that are unique and you could use in your LMS/LCMS/CMS, Learning Portal (caveat: your vendor must be able to accept APIs, otherwise it won’t work). After a quick scan, here is a brief list of some cool Mashups you can use.without having to change the code – and remember you integrate these with your LMS/LCMS, CMS, Learning Portal, etc. Typically APIs are free. API Protocols.

LMS News. Directory. Plus E-Learning Notes

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Newest Version – LMS/Learning Portal Directory. Ability to e-mail – write and send to people outside of the system, a few vendors are doing this – innovators – and something I believe is needed to enhance LMSs and Learning Portals to the next level. More vendors enabling the use of APIs – i.e. people can create their own API and integrate them into the LMS/Learning Portal vendor’s system, this equally means you can create mashups too. Access to the Open Source LMS Directory prior to posting on the blog. LMS Directory.

Open Educational Resources Declaration and info

Ignatia Webs

Mark Surman got me focussed on Open Educational Resources (OER) again with his great post on the Cape Town Declaration. signed it because any idea that strengthens open courses appeals to me and will benefit all. Nevertheless I hope that a lot of people will respond to the initiative and ask to open it up to more diversity and that they will act upon what the declaration preaches.

The Revolution is Coming: Consumer Tablets and E-Learning

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Ipad, Entourage EDGE, Camangi WebStation, Freescale, Amtek, Asus,Open Peak’s Open Tablet, ExoPC Tablet, Fusion_Garage Joo Joo, Ubuntu Linux SmartQ, EAFT MagicTile.  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. Not exactly, interactive. Battle Plans. Consumer slate tablets will change that, excuse me, all of that. Armies. SmartQ.

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LMS – All You Ever Wanted To Know

Upside Learning

Is Open Source The Way Ahead? While you are evaluating different LMS systems, one thing you need to be clear of is that open source is never cheap, leave alone free. The thumb rule goes that – for any open source LMS  only the license cost is zero.  So this leads us to the question – what is the real cost of a free (open source) LMS ?

5 Trends to Watch 4 n 2011

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Marketplaces & Exchanges by LMS/Learning Portal Vendors. I see 10-12% growth in this space. With the exception of some custom courseware shops, Dreamweaver and you need the HTML5 expansion pack or perhaps a few open source content authoring tools – and you would have to create the code, no other RCAT offers the capability to build courses in 100% HTML5. It is that time of year when everyone is coming out with there trends to watch in 2011, and with that I jump on the bandwagon. No particular order. 1.  Lite LMS. They are here and growing. their system. 100% yes.

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

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Accepts any courses built in any content authoring tools that are SCORM & AICC compliant – so you can upload and sell your courses that you built in Articulate, Captivate, even open source authoring tools (but they must be standards compliant). You open the product. authoring tools content authoring tool E-Learn Info e-learning e-learning vendors elearning LCMS learning portal LMS m-learning mobile learning Product Review rapid content authoring tool SAAS social learning Uncategorized craig weiss instructional design learning online learning training wbt

10 Reasons to invest in a cloud based LMS

Paradiso

As the tides shift and companies demand more from their learning and development departments, so too have LMSs evolved into development portals, where not only can you participate in training but you can also use the platform to socialize, collaborate, comment and use other enterprise software thanks to a number of integrations with key software. Don’t have an LMS? Cost savings. Flexibility.

Encore – Moodle: Pros, Challenges

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want to make something very clear – Moodle and other open source LMSs, Learning Portals, CMSs, etc. You can either have all open, which many companies do not want, or are stuck with course keys and other additional non-necessary steps. The biggest challenge you will face with Moodle, and in many cases with open source LMS/LCMS solutions is that you need to have strong technical skills. Moodle and some other open source LMS/LCMS solutions are not really “out of the box” solutions. are NOT out of the box solutions. You must customize.

Free Quiz and Test Maker Tools Plus My Top 3

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This is ironic, considering that the rapid content authoring tools, LMSs & Learning Portals offer quiz/assessment tools and target the corporate market (and not academia or or not just academia). Openmark All, seems to push towards academia, but can be used in corporate market, unknown types of questions, unique approach whereas feedback is the key, interactive process, question choices, exist – open source. testMaker K12, A, unknown types of questions, create and publish tests and questionnaires online – web based, open source. Answer sheets.

Kineo Webinar: What Color is Your Parachute Case Study Jan 13

Learning Visions

If you’re still wondering what the buzz is about open-source learning management systems and their place in the corporate world, come check out this free Kineo Webinar, this Friday January 13, 2012 10-11:00 AM Central time. We’ll be showcasing what you can do with Totara LMS – a corporate distribution of Moodle. Capella and Bolles were looking for a solution that added “online oomph”.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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CertPoint VLS Portals – but only to a laptop or CD Rom – so not a mobile device. All the Open source systems – again you must add TinCan API on your own. Latitude Learning – only if you have the open source solution and you must add TinCan API on your own. I love the end of the year. Many people look back and are amazed. On Fire. Edubrite.

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A Conversation with Stephanie Nadda

Kapp Notes

Adapt is a free and easy to use, open source e-Learning authoring tool that creates fully responsive, multi-device, HTML5 e-learning content. Over the years, I have used Exult as a preferred vendor to build custom learning solutions and to build proof of concepts (mobile, learning portal). The other day I caught up with Stephanie Nadda. over the last 12 years. How to store it?

Disruption: Corporate MOOCs

Your Training Edge

This shift is becoming a source of disruption in traditional learning world where conventional modes of learning no longer seem satisfactory or sufficient to make learner ready to go ahead in the competing world. Here, we are not interested in definition, but the different implications of the model, that is becoming a source of disruption in traditional corporate training. Create.

Capitalize on the CRM-LMS Combined Functionality with Moodle Salesforce Integration

Paradiso

It’s a free, open source e-learning platform that packs in a robust set of teaching and learning tools. It is the most widely used LMS portal that has more than 68 million users that are growing by the day. There mustn’t be a single soul in the e-learning arena who doesn’t know about Moodle ( Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment ).

Education learning management system trends

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Many in the education market are still in love with open source systems, such as Moodle. Parent Portal. Staying with the portal angle, many systems offer them for teachers. However, they often do not realize – until it is too late, that “free” isn’t really free because customization has to constantly exist, support, among other things. Trend 1.

Upgraded LMS Directory- More Vendors, New Add-ons!

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List does not include Open Source – FREE LMS vendors which are posted elsewhere on the site. Tags: E-Learn Info LCMS LMS e-learning e-learning vendors hosted learning portal social learning social media elearning learing portal My latest LMS/LCMS directory provides a wealth of new information on 242 vendors. New columns – Does the vendor offer a trial?   What social media platforms does the vendor use? If the vendor offers a trial, it will identify if known the length of the trial. Added over 25 new listings – from all over the world. Data Points.

Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

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greater number of people, worldwide are using SaaS then ever before, mobile products, tablets – especially the iPad – is growing at a feverish pace, people are using online storage, beyond just placing photos and media, and open source is continuing expansion. Free open hard drive space – especially with video hungry files. Why would I want this? I see this as one of the most important features for any learning management system, open source or commercial. eyeOS, is 100% free and open source. . Can be open source, cost?

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Wrapping up the year

TalentLMS

TalentLMS is now over 32,000 learning portals strong and it grows at a pace of around 1,250 learning portals per month. This year we also took the hard, but necessary decision to discontinue the open-source version of eFront. We keep hiring for next year so if you are into programming, marketing or sales check our open positions. The products. The people.

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Real feedback and real solutions to compliance elearning problems

Sponge UK

Sponge UK were founder members of the Adapt Open Source project and continue to develop the framework whilst using it in many commercial projects. Too much choice “I would like a study plan, requiring time and support from my Line Manager. I’m not sure where to start; there’s so much on our online learning portal, it’s a bit overwhelming.”

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. Corollary => Open Source Video Technologies I'm dealing right now with delivery of video on mobile devices. This month's #LCBQ is the first with the Big Question Thought Leaders. I'm hoping that others will join the effort.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

My former employer, DigitalThink, built its own “cloud-based LMS” back in the early 2000s which let customers brand their own portal, and we found ourselves competing with dozens of vendors selling different shapes and sizes of online learning management systems. Moodle, an open source LMS which was developed for university education, is now widely available from many vendors.

2015 LMS Rakings for K-12, HE and Report Criteria

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Parent Portal is K-12.  If you are telling me that your system is geared specifically for HE, this should not be a feature. Student Portal is fine, but for me the key is what features are available in that student portal. When you click the “here”, it will open up your email. It’s an open source platform where you can do as little or as much as you want including design, configurations and more.  . I’m here.  In Berlin, that is, preparing for the Online Educa Berlin Conference, kicking off on Wednesday. Sessions galore. Not HE.

E-Learning 101

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Systems (LMS (sometimes people call it a portal), LCMS, CMS, Traning Mgt or Online Authoring, Platform) – Talent mgt systems are starting to enter as well, but as a whole they are still a standalone away from e-learning. Platforms, Portals – Often contain less features and are good for people who just minimal. Option for some people: going open source (which has pros, but honestly has a lot of cons). This post is dedicated to my father, Frank J. Isn’t wasn’t because he wasn’t smart – he was.  Wake Up! The end result? The main term.

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