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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

G-Cube

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.

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.

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. Keywords: eLearning Trends

4 Reasons Why You Should Flip Your Training

eLearning Brothers

Traditionally, workforce training has always been subjected to a routine eighth hour classroom setting. Step 1: The Facilitator will guide all lessons via a virtual classroom, podcast, pre-course work or through the Learning Management System, either in the classroom or with the freedom to do it on their own devices at their leisure. Let’s face it. What is it? .

Open Source life, LMSs beyond Moodle

Learning Rocks

I've recently become a fan of Open Source Living , a site that rounds up the best of the many and varied OS apps that are out there. Moodle is of course THE open source e-learning item of the moment*1. The Open University have spent a lot of money on it, which has in turn seen more people pick it up, it is getting an enormous established user base (for something in the educational sphere its remarkable apparently*2) and its adoption in the corporate sphere is championed by no lesser luminaries of the UK scene than Kineo ( 2 ). Again, looks pretty. Marvellous.

Open Source life, LMSs beyond Moodle

Learning Rocks

I've recently become a fan of Open Source Living , a site that rounds up the best of the many and varied OS apps that are out there. Moodle is of course THE open source e-learning item of the moment*1. The Open University have spent a lot of money on it, which has in turn seen more people pick it up, it is getting an enormous established user base (for something in the educational sphere its remarkable apparently*2) and its adoption in the corporate sphere is championed by no lesser luminaries of the UK scene than Kineo ( 2 ). Again, looks pretty. Marvellous.

Join Stephen Downes and George Siemens in a MASSIVE online course

Ignatia Webs

This course will be a MOOG (Massive Open Online Course) and it will look at: - What will education and training look like in thefuture? - How must we equip ourselves to serve learners in the next decade? New roles for educators Week 10: (November 9-15) Openness: social change and future directions Week 11: (November 16-22) Systemic change: How do institutions respond? months.

Reclaiming SWAYAM

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

Today’s news article on the SWAYAM MOOCs and open-ness by Anil Sasi of the Indian Express raises some very important questions about the future of MOOCs in this country. proprietary rather than open source approach has been adopted because open source seems not be open after all. Choosing EdX, for example, compromises intellectual property and requires a big fee to be paid to MIT (even after EdX, at the behest of IIT Mumbai and MHRD) gave over the full source code and support to India in 2013). really large part of the world runs on open source.

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

Learning on the Leading Edge

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.” 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? in the low-cost, popular open-source Moodle LMS (they call is a CMS) and also customization, flexibility and extended features for the.

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

Learning on the Leading Edge

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.” 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? in the low-cost, popular open-source Moodle LMS (they call is a CMS) and also customization, flexibility and extended features for the.

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

Learning on the Leading Edge

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.” 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? in the low-cost, popular open-source Moodle LMS (they call is a CMS) and also customization, flexibility and extended features for the.

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

The Agile Elearning Design Manual - Why Synchronous Learning makes so much sense today

The Learning Generalist

Virtual Classrooms) play a part. The tools range from the ever popular Webex , to the reasonably priced Adobe Connect Pro to the free and open source DimDim. The entry barrier into the domain of virtual classrooms is almost nil. The anatomy of a virtual classroom Most virtual classroom features are pretty standard.

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

While all this was going on, the virtual classroom and collaboration software market was growing rapidly, and these vendors found out that many of their customers were using their tools for training. Moodle, an open source LMS which was developed for university education, is now widely available from many vendors. Evolution of the Learning Management System (LMS) Market.

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. I use it to filter and find all the best content on a daily, weekly, monthly basis. 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. I’m still struggling a little bit with it, but I know there’s going to be a lot going on around it. Flash may Die and HTML 5 is Going to be Big 2010 opened my eyes are Flash and HTML 5.

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). 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. Weiss, who passed away on 4-7-12.  He often found it difficult to explain to others what I did and more importantly, what is e-learning. Isn’t wasn’t because he wasn’t smart – he was.  Wake Up! The end result? Seats.

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e-Learning Glossaries

eFront

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. Powered by Blogger

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

While all this was going on, the virtual classroom and collaboration software market was growing rapidly, and these vendors found out that many of their customers were using their tools for training. Moodle, an open source LMS which was developed for university education, is now widely available from many vendors. Evolution of the Learning Management System (LMS) Market.

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

LearnUpon

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?

The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry

Learning on the Leading Edge

While all this was going on, the virtual classroom and collaboration software market was growing rapidly, and these vendors found out that many of their customers were using their tools for training. Moodle, an open source LMS which was developed for university education, is now widely available from many vendors. Evolution of the Learning Management System (LMS) Market.

Adventures in Moodle

Learnforever

virtual classroom tool, to enable meetings of learners in multiple locations. apparently allows comments on all features, so we probably just needed to upgrade the whole platform); and we’ve opted for a plug-in for the virtual classroom functionality (hang on a minute – getting ahead of myself). It’s been an interesting journey. And we don’t have the third thing.

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?

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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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.

Best of Elearning! 2015 Finalists Revealed

mLevel

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. Virtualization has become a  growing trend and for good reason. Getting Beyond Campfires & Cavemen - Living in Learning , June 4, 2010 Social Learning is so simple a caveman can do it.but not if he has to facilitate a virtual classroom event. 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. 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”?

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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.

Implementing MOODLE

Learnforever

For those who don’t know, MOODLE is an open source virtual learning environment; the initials stand for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment, although enthusiasts (and there seem to be plenty of them) also use “moodle” as a verb. I’m in the middle of a major new MOODLE implementation. More information at [link]. Comments welcome

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. What's interesting about the new wave is that most are targeting outside of traditional eLearning solutions. 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 (!!!), 20% mobile learning, blogs and wikis, 15% podcasts. 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."

ZaidLearn: 75 Free EduGames to Spice Up Your Course!

ZaidLearn

Games Links OpenCourseWare and Open Educational Resources Free Learning Tools Printer-Friendly Version " Engage Me or Enrage Me " - Marc Prensky (2005) " Never play a video game thats trying to teach you something. " - Justin Peters (2007) Terms like educational games , game-based gaming , and social impact games dont sound too bad. WiZiQ (Virtual Classroom). Open CourseWare.

White boredom

Onlignment

The white board is a ubiquitous piece of hardware that you find in classrooms and board rooms all around the world. It is also common to find a whiteboard in the virtual environment. It may be a self-contained piece of software, and there is a plethora of open source and free examples from which to choose online. Typically it is found nesting inside web-conferencing and virtual classroom tools such as Cisco WebEx, Saba Centra, Adobe Connect and Elluminate. In essence the modern whiteboard is held back by its heritage, the old-fashioned blackboard.

EduTools (Decision-making tools for e-learning)

ZaidLearn

Course Management System – Compare reviews of the CMS products most commonly used in higher education and also used by many K-12 virtual schools. Though, I do hope they will be added later, because it would be interesting to see how these two Lamborghinis would do compared to the rest of the bunch, especially against David Moodle (Open Source) and Goliath Blackboard (Commercial).