The Real Cost of a Free (Open Source) LMS!

Upside Learning

Though they may be free at a tangible expense level, they do carry a cost which the organization implementing the LMS should be aware and careful of. So what is a real cost of a free (open source) LMS? To understand let’s find the elements that have a cost associated with them.

The Real Cost of Bad eLearning

Upside Learning

As one of the comments there suggested training is seen as a cost-center in most organizations it is only natural to look for something cheapest. Do you know the cost of bad eLearning? Let’s look at some examples: Cost of bad health and safety training for the workforce?

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Top 10 eLearning Predictions for 2010

Tony Karrer

Before I start with any of my actual predictions, let me throw in an overall prediction that the year is going to start off slow for most people, but by the end of the year, we will all be thinking: “Wow, 2010 was a crazy year!” It can be pretty fast to do that and really doesn’t cost much.

Low-Cost Test and Quiz Tool Comparison

Tony Karrer

I’ve recently been working with Sameer Bhatia the CEO of ProProfs as I was going through an evaluation of various online tools that support easy, fast, low-cost testing and quiz tools. Evaluation Criteria For the specific need I was looking at, I was looking for the following out of a solution: Cost : Is the tool free or very-low cost to use? It has a free and a low-cost version. Classmarker Quia ProProfs Cost Free (some features require purchase) $24.95 - $49.95

Top 10 e-Learning Blog posts for 2010


News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 12/26/2010 Top 10 e-Learning Blog posts for 2010 Getting new ideas and tips concerning e-Learning is important to me. Based on my favorite e-Learning blogs I created the following list with my Top 10 e-Learning blog posts for 2010. > Which is your favorite e-Learning blog post for 2010? Susan Nash December 27, 2010 5:14 PM Christoforos Online said.

LMS Low-Cost Webinars Hosted eCommerce Subscriptions

Tony Karrer

They are early stage, so low-cost would be good. What’s hurting the LMS market 2010 LMS Products of the Year LMS Satisfaction Features and Barriers Low Cost LMS - Help Needed Why it’s hard to find an LMS LMS Spotlight: Topyx LMS vendors: R u hearing us? I was talking with a startup that has an existing audience and now want to provide a monthly subscription for access to training to this audience. They will only convert a portion of the audience to the new service.

Top 75 eLearning Posts - May 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

May 2010. Performance Learning Productivity , May 28, 2010 Instructional design is not only seen as a core competency for learning and development/training specialists, but it’s a huge industry, too. A Defense of the LMS (and a case for the future of Social Learning) - Social Enterprise Blog , May 12, 2010 For some time now, I’ve seen a growing negativity toward LMS solutions by a pretty wide group folks in our space. LMS Resources - aLearning , May 8, 2010 I know, I know.

3 Barriers to adoption of Serious Games/Immersive Learning Simulations

Kapp Notes

Instructional design teams are not familiar with this process and many entertainment game designers don’t want to dabble in corporate or academic game design (not enough mass market) so the unfamiliarity with the development process causes hesitation and, almost more importantly, causes high costs.

Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

In addition, she indicates if they are free or cost money – which is not quite the same thing as open source. Open Source LMS Other Open Source LMS Solutions - eLearning 24-7 , April 14, 2010 Open Source life, LMSs beyond Moodle - Learning Rocks , December 18, 2008 Open Source LMS - eLearning Technology , December 10, 2009 The Real Cost of a Free (Open Source) LMS! Upside Learning Blog , April 29, 2010 The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Elements For Constructing Social Learning Environments

Upside Learning

While some of these tools cost money, the bulk of them are free. She covered the major tools that can be used to create a Social Learning Environment for free or at a low cost.

Contest: Test Your 3D Instructional Design Skills and Win Some Money

Kapp Notes

The Serious Games Challenge will be launched from Caspian Learning’s ‘Experience Lounge’ exhibition stand at the Game Based Learning conference on 28 th March 2010.

The Cost of E-Learning Development – Time & Money


o r How much does it cost? Despite the fact that both surveys were carried out a few years ago the data contained in them is still reliable and can be used for a basis when determining the time and cost of an e-learning module. How Much Does One Hour of E-Learning Cost?

LMS: A Quick SWOT Analysis

Upside Learning

The Real Cost of a Free (Open Source) LMS! The LMS has been a hot discussion topic for some time now.

Tools For Mobile Learning Development

Upside Learning

But the issues with them are higher development cost and no cross platform support. To lower the development cost and to achieve cross-platform (to some extent) there are some tools/framework. Upside is doing a fair bit of mobile learning development and we blog about it regularly.

Five Lessons From Learning Game Development

Upside Learning

They imagine all sorts of things, but not all are practical during development; sometimes (mostly) as a direct result of the cost and time available for game development.

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Class Meeting in 3D World of VirtualU

Kapp Notes

Jim indicated that museums see the creation of virtual immersive environments as a way of making their exhibits and offerings available to more people and of creating levels of immersion that might not be cost effective in the physical world.

Low Cost LMSs – Yes, u can find one for under 10K

eLearning 24-7

In my experience, small businesses (500 or less users) are the ideal audience for a low cost system. This does not mean that anyone who has more than 5,000 users should be a system in the low cost mode, but rather these systems are definitely suited to this business size. Are there low cost systems for the education market? Low cost systems are typically SaaS based (then again, the LMS industry as a whole is more SaaS based than hosted on your servers).

Linden Labs Raising Prices But Extending Discount for Current Users

Kapp Notes

We recognize that this increase in cost may pose a hardship especially with the timing of budgets and funding, which is why we’re offering an early renewal option to extend the amount of time you can continue at the current rates in exchange for a longer term commitment. If your organization renews and enters into a contract no later than December 31, 2010, it can lock in the current discounted rate for up to 24 additional months.

Free e-Learning books


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Seven Things I Learned This Year

Tony Karrer

And every year I use this as a Big Question – see: Learning 2010. During 2010, I’ve been ramping up my use of twitter as a learning tool. Learning Coach Model Very Powerful In 2010, I had a great experience where Dr. Joel Harband wrote a series of articles for my blog on Text-to-Speech in eLearning. Flash may Die and HTML 5 is Going to be Big 2010 opened my eyes are Flash and HTML 5. I really think that 2010 marks the Beginning of Long Slow Death of Flash.

Three Approaches to Overcoming Objections to Learning in 3D

Kapp Notes

Finally, there is sometimes an objection related to perceptions of expense – that the 3D solution will be cost-prohibitive. The good news here is that the cost of technologies is coming down as the capabilities of standard hardware and networks in corporate environments has come up, lowering the technical and financial barriers to entry.

Text-to-Speech vs Human Narration for eLearning

Tony Karrer

This means a faster time-to-market and lower cost than human narration. There are obviously ways to keep human voice-over costs down by using in-house talent, but it still takes significantly more time. If you think about a simple spectrum of solutions: Text on Screen No Voice-Over Text-to-Speech Narration Human Narration In-House Human Narration Professional Lowest Cost Fastest Highest Cost Slowest Certainly there’s a balance to be found.

Why E-Learning is So Effective

Rapid eLearning

If done right, it can produce great results by decreasing costs and improving performance. Improved training costs. With elearning, each time the course is accessed your return on investment improves because you are dividing the fixed production costs by number of uses.

Why an Instructional Design Degree from Bloomsburg University ROCKS our Community!

Kapp Notes

We also support the local community through the development of no cost training materials for organizations such as our local hospitals and community colleges, local school districts, Boy and Girl Scout organizations and the local police department. A while back I wrote an entry called Why an Instructional Design Degree from Bloomsburg University ROCKS!

Q&A With Student from King's College

Kapp Notes

Adding pressure is the untenable costs of higher education. From time to time, I get questions from students who have an assignment to speak to someone in the field. I think those kinds of assignments are wonderful because they link pre-professionals and people learning about the field with people who have been in the field for a while.

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A Fresh Look At Levels of Custom eLearning Solutions

Upside Learning

How much does one hour of Level 2 elearning cost? But the difference between the two sometimes gets blurred, especially since levels have a direct impact on the development cost. and what about Level 3?

Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning


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Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars.


Reduce travel costs, save time, and increase productivity with a web conferencing solution thats easy to access and simple to use. More here - [link] November 1, 2010 11:33 AM Meri said. Would love to hear your feedback: [link] November 1, 2010 1:05 PM Christoforos Online said.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

eLearning 24-7

LMS Products of the Year 2010. Extended Enterprise 2010 System of the Year. Cost/Budget Allocation. A lot of great products out there this year, new updates and latest versions; new companies, new services and just some real innovation. These standout to me. I include Learning Portals, LCMSs, as part of the mix. Categories. Big Dog (Saba, SumTotal, Plateau, Cornerstone OnDemand, Open Source Systems – That have to be 100% free to be considered.

Moving To eLearning

Upside Learning

Cost and Benefits. E-learning will have to specifically contribute to increasing revenue, reducing costs, and increasing efficiencies (by means of skill building). E-learning can help build knowledge and skills quickly without involving much cost and effort. Cost Benefits. In the long run, e-learning reduces the cost of training. Our customers account for a number of factors before taking the plunge into e-Learning.

Using Punctuation and Mark-Up Language to Increase Text-to-Speech Quality

Tony Karrer

Bottom Line You may be thinking that some of the cost savings that you get from using TTS as compared to human voice talent is lost in this effort and that’s true. This post is part of the series on Text-to-Speech (TTS) for eLearning written by Dr. Joel Harband and edited by me.

eLearning Outsourcing: 5 Keys To Make It Work

Upside Learning

If these come in late in the development cycle costs will escalate and timelines are sure to be affected. Skipping an earlier stage comes at cost – the quality or delivery dates suffer due to endless modifications and rework.

General Considerations for Mobile Learning (mLearning)

Upside Learning

As the cost for such integration varies widely, it’s ill-advised to try any sort of integration while piloting mobile learning your organization.

Future of Learning Technology – 2015

Upside Learning

Evolution of authoring tools like Articulate to become better & easier to work with reducing the cost of development. Overall the culture of gaming is becoming pervasive and the cost of game development is decreasing.

Why You Need PowerPoint 2010 for Rapid E-Learning

Rapid eLearning

I get a lot of questions about upgrading to PowerPoint 2010. PowerPoint 2010 has built on that success and added a lot of features that will make the production process that much more efficient. It’s become even more the case now that PowerPoint 2010 has some additional features.

Collaboration: A mantra that makes work play!

ID Reflections

At the cost of sounding egoistic I have realized that like most experienced knowledge workers, I don’t appreciate being informed, I have to be involved.

Top 25 Rapid eLearning Blog Posts

Upside Learning

What is the TRUE cost Rapid eLearning? I have been involved with Rapid eLearning Projects at Upside and also creation of our own Rapid Authoring Framework that sits in our LMS (UpsideLMS). Naturally I do a lot of sifting around Rapid eLearning.