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
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
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. To be considered in these rankings each system must. Criteria. Why not. #8
Free Open Source LMSs are like Puzzles
MARCH 31, 2014
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). . There are a lot of people who swear by proprietary based systems (they build it themselves, etc.) But my Fee based system is *.
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. It is an excellent system with classroom management, strong analytics, and dozens of other premium features.
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. Here we deal with problems such as grade data privacy, activation and deactivation of users for business reasons, and protecting sensitive business information arising from learning systems from prying eyes. Better structuring of information to be shown on landing page to facilitate users to quickly see needed updates and get access to other areas of the system 3.
Pros and cons: proprietary, open-source, and cloud-based LMS
JUNE 16, 2016
Learning management systems for business organizations are under constant development; even the latest versions have some new features lined up, waiting to rock the boat again and again. It offers training and support , and it’s accountable for the well-functioning of the system. Open-source LMS. An open-source LMS is easy to use and also customizable.
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 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 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. 
Making the Call – Open Source or Licensed Learning Management System
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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 [.].
7 Must Have LMS Features: #7 - Open Source
OCTOBER 18, 2016
Learning Management System LMSThe 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.
5 things beyond open source eFront
JULY 11, 2013
Notifications allow you communicate through automated, yet customized, emails, in an endless number of system events. 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 REPORTS GENERATOR. SKILL-GAP TESTS. BRANCHES. NOTIFICATIONS.
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.
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.
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!
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. Open Source Vs. Proprietary LMS TCO.
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.
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 LMS
DECEMBER 10, 2009
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. MinuteBio , June 12, 2009 Moodle! -
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. 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). The company has doubled its size in the last five years with the addition of 12,000 employees when Transactel partnered with TELUS International.
Lambda Analytika Reporting for Learning Management Systems
APRIL 13, 2015
Lambda Analytika is a robust reporting and analytics solution for open source learning management systems. We are pleased to announce the launch of Lambda Analytika to the market.
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.
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. Why reinvent the wheel when you can learn from these tips on the management of your LMS or LCMS system! Dunlap Learning 2.0 The Charles A.
What You Missed at TRYxAPI – ATD ICE
MAY 18, 2015
After much discussion over different learning models and ways to map performance in terms of outcomes, behaviors, systems, content and competency, we all participated in smaller discussions as we practiced defining the value propositions of each others’ projects. Community Experience API / "Tin Can" Open SourceRiptide Software hosted a fantastic event on Saturday for the launch of TRYxAPI.com. John kicked off the afternoon talking about lessons learned consulting up to senior leaders in manufacturing and tech. “I know training is important. — Aaron E.
The Future of Open Source CMSs like Joomla in eLearning
DECEMBER 8, 2010
The integration between content management systems (CMS) and learning management systems (LMS) and use of popular open source CMS as an alternative to complex LMS is a hot topic. Selling eLearning Courses Creating eLearning Courses
Thank you voters! Epignosis eFront LMS Won the Best of ELearning! Award
OCTOBER 1, 2012
Media Group Awarded Epignosis for Best Open Source Solution. Award for Best Open Source Solution, and an Award of Excellence for Best Learning Management System (SaaS, Open-Source, or Content Supplier) at the annual Enterprise Learning! magazines’ reader community via an open-ended online ballot. ELearning! The Elearning!
Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List
DECEMBER 28, 2016
10 Common Myths About Open Source. Open source LMS Totara topped our list of 2016 learning industry thought leaders. Weekly posts explore multiple topics, including best practices in onboarding, compliance training, social learning and LMS reporting, and of course, definitive open source thought leadership. Are any LMS vendors on that list?
Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14
FEBRUARY 17, 2014
Top Three Open Source LMSs of 2013-14. Moodle - Whether you like it or not, the system still reigns supreme for free open source. But, as we all know, nothing is ever really free, so if you go open source make sure you have the resources to invest to make it robust. Open Elms – The first free open source LMS, geared specifically for business. With over 580 systems on the market, identifying the top systems are no easy task. – another five systems debuted. The system is fun to use. #1
WordPress Learning Management Systems Are Growing Up
APRIL 16, 2015
If you could rewind the internet back to January 2012, you wouldn’t find much on WordPress learning management systems. Having experience with systems across a large variety of platforms, I wondered if such a system existed for WordPress (a software I enjoyed using in my spare time). learning management system lms WordPress wordpress lms
Education learning management system trends
APRIL 27, 2012
Many in the education market are still in love with open source systems, such as Moodle. That is why there is an uptick in the number of commercial systems available in the education sector. This is one of the most shocking trends in the space – the significant lack of mobile learning in these systems. That said, this has become the norm in these systems.
Calculating the Return on Investment (ROI) for your LMS
AUGUST 30, 2016
If you’re adopting a learning management system (LMS), then chances are you will need to prove the return on investment (ROI). cost benefits online learning Return on Investment Open source corporate training Learning Management System LMS face-to-face trainingThe method for proving ROI of your LMS will depend on the method your company is currently using for training.