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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. 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.

Comparison of Free Virtual Classroom Systems


We recently did a research on free virtual classroom systems available in the market to meet a customer need for whom we had developed VILT content. All of the open source systems use Flash player and Java applet for desktop sharing, which allows them to work on all the browsers supporting Flash, but will cause problem on iOS & various versions of Android.

Another Stake in Ground for Blackboard: Two New Investments in the Open-source E-learning Market

Janet Clarey

Blackboard’s statement of principles about open source says it is. committed to supporting the growth, development and use of open source technologies in education worldwide.”. expects to make significant contributions to the community to help ensure that open source options remain strong, reliable and sustainable for all.” . To that end, Blackboard has launched a new business called Blackboard Education Open Source Services – a good thing, right? Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source. Blackboard also says it.

Where are open source learning applications?

Tony Karrer

Good post by Harold Jarche - Where are open source learning applications? In it he points to the learning space and says that the current status of open-source learning applications is: Innovators - Elgg Learning Landscape and several others Early Adopters - Moodle and a few others Early Majority - nobody Late Majority - forget about it I would tend to agree with him that there are relatively few open-source learning applications, but would add a few thoughts. In other words, the cost of Captivate is less than the lost time dealing with Wink.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Virtual classrooms and smart-boards are used in a more student-centered way (not putting all the attention to one person up-front=bad). Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. Learning technologies are becoming social, collaborative, and virtual. Learning apps.

Open Source E-Learning vs. bundled vs. merging vs. stand-alone

The Learning Circuits

LMSs, LCMSs, Virtual Classroom Tools. Would IM bundle virtual classrooms. Now there is open source. There are a lot of e-learning things. Online courses on Windows and biology 101 and ethics. The question used to be, what would be bundled? Would EPSs bundle LMSs? Then the question is, what will be merged/acquired. Which LMSs and LCMSs will merge? Will content vendors merge with other content, or with tools? How we will do what we want to do is getting increasingly interesting

Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

Aggregation and Social Filtering Provide High Value eLearning Learning has somewhat become my singular source of great eLearning content. Open Content Potential But There are Challenges This year I spent quite a bit of time looking at where and how open content could get leveraged in different ways. Flash may Die and HTML 5 is Going to be Big 2010 opened my eyes are Flash and HTML 5. 6) iPad (5) SkillSoft (2) Social Learning (15) Virtual Classroom (5) ASTD (8) eLearningGuild (2) And here were my top posts based on social signals. for more on this.

e-Learning Glossaries


E-Learning Essentials Common e-learning terms used in online education including accreditation, virtual classroom, community, university, college, etc. 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. to version 3.6.6

E-Learning 101

eLearning 24-7

This term is often interchanged (without people necessarily knowing it) with online learning and virtual learning. Genres (Mobile learning, Social learning, Game based learning, Virtual Worlds). Web conferencing (some folks call them virtual classrooms – because in order to achieve the VC, you have to be online communicating with one another via text chat, VOIP with/without video) – another spin term is “web meeting” Assessment tools (Online proctoring can be placed into this category). This post is dedicated to my father, Frank J. Wake Up!


How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

The association decided to replace its inadequate open-source learning solution with a modern association-oriented LMS. They must easily integrate with association management systems (AMS), ecommerce systems, single sign-on (SSO) technology, virtual classrooms, marketing automation tools, CRMs and event production systems. Virtual or onsite administrative training.

Ultimate eLearning terms you should know: Part 2 (M-Z)


Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment): Open source learning platform mostly implemented in education settings. One of the main benefits of open source platforms like Moodle is that they’re free and can be highly customized. Synchronous learning: Instructor-led learning in a virtual classroom setting. Missed the first part?

Rapid Learning Management Systems

Tony Karrer

Instructor, Virtual Classroom and Social Learning Support In some cases, all that is needed is for the self-paced eLearning to be hosted, but in this case, they also still want to be able to interact with the learners. In this case, it's limited, but I've run into situations where the plan was for 8 hours of self-paced online and then 1 day of online virtual classroom. Or maybe you just use an open-source or free. I'd like to creating this as self-paced eLearning possibly with other capabilities as well. And I want to charge for this. How can I do that?

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

link] December 3-14, 2012 Open Content Licensing for Educators (#OCL4Ed), organized by the OER Foundation, offered online. link] December 4-6, 2012 International Symposium on Open, Distance, and e-Learning (ISODEL), Bali, Indonesia. link] January 7-8, 2013 Virtualization and Cloud Computing , Disneyland Hotel, Anaheim, California, USA. Clayton R. Petersburg Beach, Florida, USA.

Business of Learning

Tony Karrer

In the past few weeks, I've had some really eye-opening conversations about the state of Learning as a Business. While the market is tough right now, there are some people who believe that learning businesses who sell classroom, virtual classroom and courseware training will rebound once the economy rebounds. Every corporation worth its salt opened a training department.

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Best of Elearning! 2015 Finalists Revealed


Virtual Classroom. Virtual Classroom. Virtual Classroom. Virtual Event Platforms. Virtual Environments. Open Source Solutions. Executives Nominate 100 Solutions Across Expanded 30 Categories for Excellence. Elearning! and Government Elearning! magazines, the industry voices of the enterprise learning and workforce technology market, announced today the Best of Elearning! Awards 2015 Finalists. Winners of each category will be revealed in Elearning! and Government Elearning! Celebration at the Enterprise Learning! Conference.

Top 70 eLearning Posts for June and Hot Topics including iPad and Mobile Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

The Return on Peer Review - elearnspace , June 14, 2010 Martin Weller – a long time advocate for openness in education, demonstrating through practice rather than hype – discusses the return on peer review : Peer-review is one of the great unseen tasks performed by academics. Course Content Authoring Tools – Open Source (Free) - eLearning 24-7 , June 7, 2010 Below is a list of course authoring tools – think “rapid e-learning authoring software&#. Virtualization has become a growing trend and for good reason. Best of eLearning Learning. June 2010. Seriously.

May Edition: E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

In the past it was build it yourself (pricey) or find open source and customize it (could be pricey, but cheaper then complete build). Instructor led training whether it happens in your training room or in the classroom, still remains strong. They are starting to refer to them as virtual classrooms, picking up a term that already is in place. I recall talking to one vendor who described the above to me and called it a virtual classroom, or as she excitedly said, “a webinar” I looked at her thinking, “am I on candid camera”?


E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

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. Classroom 6.1 – virtual classroom: VOIP, MP3 & MP4 downloads, breakout rooms, single and multi-way video, classroom management, including uploading content, polls, quizzes, surveys, follow the presenter, public and private chat, supports any web cam. New concept.

eLearning Startups - New Wave Coming

Tony Karrer

Traditionally, we've seen start-ups that focus on authoring tools, virtual classroom, learning management, content, services. The bottom of established markets get eaten by lower-cost, e.g., open source players. I'm not sure if other people are seeing this, but based on a bunch of conversations and calls, it appears that there is a wave of new startups being created right now and the trend is accelerating. Because of my background working with leading startups, e.g., eHarmony, MyShape, LoanToolbox, etc., Where are the analysts? Is there a list somewhere?

Towards Maturity - preliminary research findings

Clive on Learning

Of the "e-learning technologies used", roughly 60% of employers are using an LMS, 40% are using virtual classrooms, chat rooms and discussion groups, games and sims, >30% are using open source tools (!!!), The Work-Based Learning Unit of e-Skills UK has published preliminary results from their research with employers and learners in the UK "to help understand why employers are currently investing in e-learning and the difference it is making to their business and staff." Some 209 organisations were surveyed (173 producing usable data) and 650 learners.

First Time Visitor Guide

Tony Karrer

Personal Learning Informal Learning Collaborative Learning Corporate eLearning eLearning Design Corporate Training Instructional Design Authoring Tools Rapid eLearning Tools eLearning Software eLearning Solutions Blended eLearning eLearning Tools Open Source eLearning eLearning ROI and MetricsUpdate 2/6/2008 based on recent Top eLearning Posts It can be daunting to visit a blog for the first time. The author(s) have been writing individual articles for months or years. Managing your RSS Feeds - If you are considering subscribing to this blog, you might want to read this. and 2.0

Breakthrough eLearning: eLearning That Doesnt Break the Bank

Breakthrough eLearning

In particular, Fox points to the following low cost options: Open source LMSs (e.g. Moodle) Open source authoring tools (e.g. Seedwiki) E-mail Virtual classrooms (e.g. I let someone else do it for me. I subscribe to Stephen Downes weekly summary of OLDaily. What a valuable resource.almost every week I find something of value in Downes summaries.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Adobe/Bersin Overview of the eLearning Industry

Learning Visions

Virtual Classroom is the most popular application of ASP solutions Adobe looking at/is partnering with Verizon and Qualcomm Key Finding #3: Mobile Content starting to take off (still a niche) Ipods, blackberry, cell phone. Whereas if higher risk (development of entire course), people more likely to use non-open source tools. Creating Social Presence in Online Classroom (ID. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff. Nothing shocking, but some interesting tidbits. My notes here. This may be good or bad.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Meeting Face to Face

Learning Visions

I have experience with several different means of “virtual&# communication and I think it’s crucial to be able to connect a face with a name and voice. It does seem like the picture/video thing was wedded early on to the virtual classroom. Now that everyones saving money in the business world and going virtual, the f2f is gone. More hair. Younger. Older.

Google Wave - Social Media Resources - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

Ten Best Practices for the Virtual Classroom. Featured Sources. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. Open Source E-Learning Development 10: Joomla! Other Sources. Best of eLearning Learning. October 30, 2009 to November 6, 2009. Upcoming Free eLearning Online Seminars. Social Media: Trends and Implications for Learning. Tuesday, November 10, 2009. From Blah to Aha! Wednesday, November 11, 2009. Selecting a Learning Management System: Using a KnowledgeBase to Find the Right Product. Crap…!

Social eLearning Design - Best of eLearning Learning

eLearning Learning Posts

The Classroom as a Learning Technology. Ten Best Practices for the Virtual Classroom. Featured Sources. The following are the top items from featured sources based on social signals. The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS - Upside Learning Blog , October 23, 2009. pcLearning4U is Open for Business - Courseware Development , October 23, 2009. Other Sources. The Kimono Is Open, The Veil Is Lifted, The Gags Are Removed… , October 26, 2009. Best of eLearning Learning. October 23, 2009 to October 30, 2009. Finally! Web 2.0

Reflecting on Xyleme Voices: The Industry Luminaries We've Talked To


Micheal Hanley: Wonderful advocate for open source technologies. Ann Kwinn: Ann gave some great tips on the virtual classroom that I still use today. I also really enjoyed the way we collaborated in pushing the recording technology beyond it’s usual bounds: try doing *that* in a classroom It was great working with your team (Despoina deserves special mention) in 2009, and I hope we can do it all again in 2010. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc. Voting closes Tuesday, Dec 15 (tomorrow) at 8pm EST. Congratulations to all of those nominated. and CSS 3

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Emerging Technologies in e-Learning

Learning Visions

About Gary: Classroom teacher in the early 70s. Incremental: Some forms of online training support current ways of doing things Virtual classrooms, presentation software, authoring tools, assessment tools, LMS. From passive receiving interactive activities and collaboration Mashups, SOA, and Services: Welcome to Web Hybrid Applications (from the e-Learning Guild) Physical Technologies vs. Social Technologies: Products change first, followed by processes Classrooms as technologies Now we have physical technologies and social tech is trying to keep up. 1980s CD ROMS.

Learning = getting the job done

Jay Cross

WordPress, an open-source blogging platform, is quickly evolving into a leading solution for organizations to consider, because of its minimal cost, ease-of-use, and open architecture. Tens of thousands of university students have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees without routinely setting foot in bricks-and-mortar classrooms. The key is single-source learning.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Real World, SecondLife and FaceBook/MySpace

Learning Visions

If 3D synchronous learning is indeed the wave of the future, Id say this gender divide in SL speaks to the need for more corporately-styled virtual worlds such as Protosphere by Protonmedia or OLIVE by Forterra. Personally, Im less interested in the gaming gender divide and more in the fact that we are all so infatuated with moving elearning into virtual worlds when we havet even engaged properly with the current technologies. You rightly point out that its mobile technology which is now ubiquitous, not virtual worlds. Creating Social Presence in Online Classroom (ID.