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
Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs
SEPTEMBER 14, 2014
Everyone loves free, especially with software. Free software should be in a class by itself, because it often rumbles into three areas: 100% free with no watermarks, limited features/capabilities. 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. Criteria. Top 8 – Why 8?
Free Open Source LMSs are like Puzzles
MARCH 31, 2014
When people receive free software it falls into one of these categories. Next, you open up the box and find out that the puzzle has 10,000 pieces. 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. Limited functionality.
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". M.Ed. 
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. Moodle is an extremely popular choice because of its community-based approach to updating and maintaining the software.
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. 1] [link].  2] [link]. 
5 things beyond open source eFront
JULY 11, 2013
Skill-gap tests are an advanced functionality usually found in expensive talent management software – but they come as a standard in eFront Educational and eFront Enterprise. 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
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.
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!
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.
The Hidden Cost of Open Source LMS
MARCH 11, 2015
The availability of free software has increased over the years with the development and release of programming kits for apps and software, community and support forums, and freemium software that offers limited use for free, but requires paying to get all software features unlocked. “Learning management software this good should cost twice as much!”
DevCorner: “Open Source” at TechSmith
MAY 30, 2014
DevCorner is where we talk about all things software development-related from inside TechSmith. 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. Andy Grimm, User Experience; David Markachev, Software Engineer; Jason Eagleston, Snagit Product Owner. Then it catches on.
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.
eFront the 1st open source eLearning solution that join OW2
NOVEMBER 25, 2011
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? > Would you like to try online eFront?
Open source instructional design
Clive on Learning
SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
The book I chose was, to be fair, a short one, the intriguingly titled Open Source Instructional Design by Nathan Eckel (IntelliDesign, 2009). Using the ‘open source’ model (the term is borrowed from software development rather imprecisely but captures your attention), the designer provides the subject expert with very basic design skills and proceeds to act as a coach and helper side-by-side with the expert. The flight from London to Newcastle this afternoon provided an ideal opportunity to remove one book from the pile accumulating on my desk.
Moving from an open-source to a commercial LMS – the story of Transactel
SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
They looked into different solutions and used many different open source solutions but finally settled on the eFront open-source Community edition. Also with the eFront Enterprise edition you not only get a robust LMS but also a Talent Management software.”. eLearning Learning learning management system LMS open source opensourceTransactel is the largest call center in the Central American region and is made up of 6,200 ‘heroes’ (as they’re called internally).
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
The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS
OCTOBER 23, 2009
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. This post is for people exploring an open source LMS as an option either for a new LMS setup or for a switch-over. Selecting an open source LMS.
Top 10 Screen Recording Software for Windows
FEBRUARY 18, 2016
demonstrate software to other people or record tips and tricks for later reference. Most video screen capture software utilities have a number of attributes in common, such as the ability to: film picture-in-picture to capture video from screen and webcam. Here is a list of the top 10 video screen capture software. 100% freeware software. record product reviews. Ezvid.
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.
What You Missed at TRYxAPI – ATD ICE
MAY 18, 2015
Riptide Software hosted a fantastic event on Saturday for the launch of TRYxAPI.com. The real highlight of the day, though, was the new site put together by Nick and his team at Riptide Software: TRYxAPI.com. What Nick and the team have put together is a highly usable and useful means to understand not only what xAPI does for businesses — it identifies the open source tools that are freely available for people to use on their own to literally try xAPI in their own organizations with a blueprint for how to replicate those case studies. — Aaron E.
Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List
DECEMBER 28, 2016
Build vs. Buy: How to Make a Stress-Free Software Decision. Administrate CEO John Peebles explores the factors that determine the success or failure of custom solutions and off-the-shelf software. 10 Common Myths About Open Source. Open source LMS Totara topped our list of 2016 learning industry thought leaders. Are any LMS vendors on that list?
xAPI Communities of Practice
JANUARY 8, 2015
The outcome of this work likely achieves similar goals as what Rustici Software demonstrates with “ Recipes ” — coming up with more common ways of implementing things that would be really challenging to put into the xAPI specification itself, but are the kinds of things we, as an industry, want everyone to be doing similarly. Community Experience API / "Tin Can" Open Source Last year, ADL began organizing Communities of Practice around the design considerations and implementation of xAPI in different contexts.
Scratch – free animation and basic coding software
DECEMBER 25, 2013
Posted in Interesting Stuff Open Software. Scratch is an OER that teaches how to make animations, video games and music videos using a basic […] The post Scratch – free animation and basic coding software appeared first on eLearn Hub. Interesting Stuff Open Software GNU Free Documentation License learning tools OERs Open Source
Uplift – ASP.NET 5: The MS Move to Open Source Software
MARCH 4, 2016
What: With the release of RC1 of ASP.NET 5, Microsoft has officially thrown its full support behind the open-source software community. Additionally, the new.NET Core CLR has been made completely open source and allows.NET web applications to be run on nearly any operating system. This fundamental shift in development ideology will require many.NET developers to play a little bit of catch-up with what the rest of open-source web world has been up to for the past couple years. When: Friday, March 11th from 3pm to 3:45pm. Any interest? Events
Learning with e's
APRIL 7, 2014
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.
Professional Support at an Open Source LMS: Interview with Athanasios Papagelis Co-founder & Technical Director at Epignosis Ltd
NOVEMBER 14, 2011
> I will very much appreciate if you share your thoughts concerning the following question "Is Professional Support IMPORTANT for an Open Source LMS?" Athanasios Papagelis - Co-founder & Technical Director at Epignosis Ltd: We use an advance enterprise software to support our worldwide clients that use eFront. Bugs are unavoidable for software. 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. How are you doing regarding support at eFront ?
Software Courses Sell Really Well
FEBRUARY 15, 2017
Things like professional training for an industry, language learning , and software courses. Software training is a huge industry. When I was consulting for Fortune 500 companies on their elearning programs it was always a combination of software and process training. Before jumping into the good news about software courses, let’s address the bad news.
11 Free Game Creation Software Programs (At least for 30 Days)
SEPTEMBER 8, 2010
If you are thinking of creating an educational game but don't want to invest a lot of money, you can try out these free software programs (or free for 30 days in some cases), some are 2D and some are 3D. Panda3D is Open Source and free for any purpose, including commercial ventures. It runs on Windows, and it allows creating software for Windows, PSP, iPhone, and iPod touch.
Why EasyGenerator isn’t open source
Challenge to Learn
DECEMBER 5, 2010
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. As a user you are free to use the software without paying license fees (see GPL license ). My open source experience is therefore mainly based on these three.
Open Source Business Model
MARCH 5, 2007
A recent spate of posts on the challenges of running an open source business is interesting ( Tosh , Siemens , Downes , Tosh 2 , ). You create something that has value and gets traction and yet you've created it in a way that the software is considered "free." However, there are lots of companies that are making money from open source and freemium models. A 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.