Open Source LMSs Facts and Insight

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One of the areas that always gain interest and usage are open source systems, that is to say, free open source code (some are not), to which any organization, company, educational setting, government and so forth can build their own system (often noted as home-grown) and do what they wish with it.

weeLearning – open source blended networking


If you’re lucky enough to be heading to this week’s Learning Technologies Conference or Exhibition, one thing is guaranteed, you’re going to meet a lot of cool, interesting people. You may even end up down the pub with one or … Read more › events free stuff get involved


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Open Source eLearning Network Event


On July 12 th , 2013 in Birmingham, England, the eLearning Network will be holding a day of practical case studies, sharing experiences and debate which will cover how you should procure the technologies to support learning in your organization. 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?

Making the Call – Open Source or Licensed Learning Management System

B Online Learning

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 [.].

Adapt Open Source eLearning: Join the Community!

Learning Visions

Are you interested in open source? The Adapt Learning Community site is now open at /. Here''s a note on the Adapt Community from Sven Laux, who leads Kineo''s technical team: We have been working on turning our very successful Adapt e-learning framework into an open source project. Our aim is to make our decisions in the open and with the community.

5 things beyond open source eFront


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 We recently put together a list of the coolest features (and the all-important ’6th element’) in commercial editions of eFront. From specialized reports to TinCan which offers the freedom to learn through more engaging ways, here we list the features that stand out the most: 1.

Vote for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013


Vote for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013. The list was also cited in KPCB’s 2013 Internet Trends presentation (viewed over 2.3 Voting for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 – the 7th Annual Survey – is currently underway. Voting closes at midnight GMT on Friday 27 September 2013 , and the Top 100 Tools list will be revealed on Monday 30 September 2013. eLearning Learning Open Source Tools learning management system Learning Technology LMS

This Week on #TalkTech: The Educational Console, Open Badges, and Playing in Pairs

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We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! Open badges by Mozilla is a unique play on the gamified badge system. What do you think about open badges? ” It’s basically a free open-source platform by which one person/organization can issue digital badges to another. Open Badges take that concept one step further, and allows you to verify your skills, interests and achievements through credible organizations.” Open Badges: About.

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Open Badges: What it is and Why it Matters


To help accomplish this, the Mozilla Open Badges initiative was born. I could write a few sentences about Open Badges, but I believe the description on their website sums it up perfectly: Get recognition for learning that happens anywhere. With the Open Badges API, users can earn their points and badges across multiple domains, but take their record of achievement with them wherever they go. The concept behind Open Badges just makes sense, and it’s pretty timely.

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Vote Now For Best of Elearning! Awards 2013


Polls are now open for The Best of Elearning! 2013 Awards! please click on the link below to vote for eFront Learning in the following categories: Category #1: Best Learning Management System (SaaS, Cloud-based, or open-source only). Category #27: Best Open Source Solutions (Any category). Now in its 9 th year, Elearning! Magazine allows eLearning professionals to nominate elearning products and services each year.

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 2013 January 2-5, 2013 The Association for Science Education Annual Conference, University of Reading, Berkshire, UK. link] January 6, 2013 Search Marketing SMX , Jerusalem, Israel. link] January 27-28, 2013 Health 2.0

Tin Can – Sorting Through the Junk

Web Courseworks

An Internet Resources Review There are a lot of exciting things happening with Experience API this year, making our prediction for 2013 starting to potentially ring true—this new open source standard for eLearning interoperability is certainly gaining steam.

Moodle Alternatives


As of June 2013, it had a user base of 83,008 registered and verified sites, serving 70,696,570 users in [ ] The post Moodle Alternatives appeared first on Abara LMS. Addressing Challenges Abara LMS VS Moodle Licensed LMS VS Open Source LMS LMS for corporate training Moodle Moodle AlternativeThis article talks about Moodle alternatives.

3 Modern LMS Trends


Open-Source Code. Open-source platforms like WordPress and Moodle (among others) are challenging this status-quo by opening their code so that further customization or tweaks can be implemented – allowing developers to tailor the offering to their needs. Today more than ever, the importance of a quality learning management system is being recognized in organizations all over the world.

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4 Modern-Day Learning Trends in Education


Emerging use of Open Source Textbooks: This is a big one in the educational arena. Open source text books are now expected to spread 25% of the textbook market in the coming decade. Learning trends are starting to take on a whole new shape as schools and businesses leverage modern technologies and strategies to creatively deliver content in various ways.

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4-Step Flipped Classroom Strategy


Setting up a learning environment can be done quickly, especially when leveraging open-source platforms such as WordPress. The flipped classroom approach within education is only becoming more popular among educators in both K-12 and higher-ed environments. That said, not everyone is familiar with how to go about flipping their classroom (even on a trial basis).

Wearable Computing Technology In Learning

Upside Learning

Should we tie into developing for clearly proprietary platforms or wait for open source wearable computing options to emerge on the market. CIPD HRD 2013 | Apr 24 – 25 | Olympia, London, UK | Stand #425. ASTD ICE 2013 | May 19 – 22 | Dallas, TX, USA | Stand #839. We’ve been tracking the growth of wearable computing devices and associated technology as they are likely to have interesting implications for learning technology.

Google Ditches Course Builder, Turns to edX


In addition to the courses offered by edX, the edX project has produced an open-source software that they use to deliver their courses. Google has committed to maintaining their previous platform, but they will be “focusing our development efforts on Open edX, and look[ing] forward to seeing edX’s platform develop” In other words: if you chose Course Builder, don’t expect anything new.

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Adapt Hangout lifts the lid on multi-device elearning

Sponge UK

Adapt is a free and easy to use elearning authoring tool that creates fully responsive, multi-device, HTML5 elearning content using the open source Adapt framework. Established in 2013 and developed by a collaborative team, Adapt allows people to create single version content that works across multiple types of devices. Some of the project leaders are coming together to answer questions about the technology in a discussion hosted on Google Hangouts.

FREE Alternative to Camtasia Studio


Cam Studio is a free open source screen capture and recording tool for Windows with the accolades to back up the hype. One great way for instructional designers to create effective learning material is to include screenshots and videos in their e-learning modules. Many programs have this feature build in (i.e. Adobe Captivate and the new Articulate Storyline), but some prefer a third party program – and for years the standard bearer has been Camtasia Studio.

FREE Alternative to GoToMeeting


If you’re looking for an alternative to GoToMeeting, and perhaps some more interactivity built in for actually delivery classes, then you need to check out this open-source program: Big Blue Button. Having an LMS that can deliver course content is all well and good – but sometimes you need to have a live, virtual training session. For a long time (and arguably still), the leader in this field has been GoToMeeting.

e-Learning budgets: Doing more with less


Utilize the experience of others to choose the right open-source tool for your requirements. Collaborations within SMEs, managers or even learners can be recorded – providing a rich base-content source that can be suitably converted into e-learning content. Most corporations perceive learning to be an essential and ongoing process.

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2012 in retrospective: top 10 posts

Challenge to Learn

Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source? I do believe that this is a topic that will be big in 2013 as well. Will be interesting to see what will happen in 2013. In 2013 there will be a lot more on mobile and on mind maps. This is a trend that will be even bigger in 2013, TinCan wil come and will really be a game changer: I can’t wait. It is the time of the year to look back and to make plans for the new year.

Design Principles for Learning Cafe UnConference 2013. Feb 21, Sydney.

Learning Cafe

Come 21 Feb, 2013 a bunch of experienced and passionate learning professionals will descend on the Australian Technology Park in Sydney for a day of discussion and debate on themes and issues critical for our profession. Opportunities such as the “open sessions” (soapbox) are available for any participant to speak up on any topic relevant to them and the audience. 2013 Design Changes. The 2 nd Learning Café UnConference is not far away.

3 Characteristics Every LMS Should Have


Open-source programs like WordPress are a good example of scaleable, easy to use software platforms that meet this criteria. Constantly Evolving – The learning industry is constantly evolving as new technologies open the doors to new possibilities. Required learning management system characteristics can vary depending on the organization, but there are still some fundamental items that every LMS should contain in order to provide true value an organization.

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This Week on #TalkTech: Gamified Chores for Kids, Rethinking Medical Records and HTML 5 Design Ideas

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We’re shaking things up in 2013 here at #TalkTech! eMedical Records Gets a Mobile, Open-Sourced Overhaul By White House Health Design Challenge Winners. Topic 3: How does HTML 5 open up new design possibilities? Don’t try to open the next site in IE – you’ll just get an error message. #TalkTech is the “flipped” approach to Twitter chats.

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FREE Alternative to Microsoft Project


OpenProj is an open-source software solution that mimics the interface of Microsoft Project. For those of you who have used, or actively use, Microsoft Project, you know how awesome it is. Sure, it’s not as sexy as the other programs out there, but it is by far one of the best solutions available for work planning a major project with various dependencies.

Video Learning Platforms

eLearning 24-7

2013 - LMSs are not the only learning system in town. APIs – as in their (video learning platform itself) API is open. One flat fee – Appears in open source platforms. Be aware that an open source platform is just how you imagine it – you have to fully customize it. Kaltura – Open source platform, extremely robust. Flashback. VHS VCR comes home – literally if you bought one. Beta is better, but VHS wins.

Stupidly Simple Strategy to Demonstrate Training Effectiveness


If you’re on tight budget though, then I suggest you take a look at LimeSurvey – a free open-source surveying tool similar to SurveyMonkey. One of the most important aspects about any training initiative is gathering user metrics in the effort to analyze the effectiveness of the training. Sadly though, this is often the last thought about area prior to going live.

eLearning: How to Pick a Font Set

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

If you know for a fact that your design will be viewed on a large, high-resolution machine, your design options open up pretty drastically. They're free and open source so you can use them without penalty almost everywhere. by AJ Walther. Picking the best possible font set can be an elusive task for even the most seasoned of designers. So if you have the design prowess of a vacuum cleaner, the task may seem insurmountable. Never fear, I'm here to help.

The #1 WordPress LMS Myth BUSTED


Without fail the biggest backlash against using WordPress for learning management purposes was because it lacked the “traditional SCORM support” offered by mainstream open-source LMS packages such as Moodle. So you think WordPress can’t be a viable learning management system?


Why Pay-Per-User LMSs are Predatory


You’d be surprised what you could accomplish with a simple hosting account and a flexible, extremely supported open-source platform like WordPress. If you have ever shopped for an ideal learning management system, you are very familiar with the pricing models out there. The overwhelming majority of LMSs incorporate a software-as-a-service (SaaS) model, which on the surface seems like a fantastic deal. I have always been luke-warm to the SaaS model , for a variety of reasons.

When to use #Gamification

Kapp Notes

Skill Building—If you want to learn how to use the Ruby on Rails, an open source web application framework for the Ruby programming language, you could sit down with a manual and plow through pages of text or you could program a web site for Zombie meet ups. Some ideas on when to use #Gamification. ( a sneak peak of my 2014 Gamification Fieldbook). Gamification can be used to accomplish a number of goals related to learning.

DevLearn Day 1

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Sure you could stick it in learning locker – free open source for your LRS data – but that is not giving me the “feel good” What I heard was the “work in progress”, “we still have to work that out” and a few other items. One source told me, that they try to sidestep if the question comes up, but so far no one has asked me. Tagged: DevLearn , DevLearn 2013 , elearning. DevLearn DevLearn 2013 elearning

Rackspace Solves its Recruitment Problems

Your Training Edge

In its race with Amazon, Rackspace Hosting’s struggle over the open-source cloud computing has been epic. To solve this problem, Rackspace is launching the Open Cloud Academy. The Open Cloud Academy will offer a number of educational programs that will provide students certifications in these cloud-based technologies. Copyright 2013 Bryant Nielson.

Using MOOCs in Corporate Training Programs

Your Training Edge

They are also developing several technical courses as part of a Career Development Program, and in summer 2013 they expect to launch “Microsoft Excel for Beginners,” “Management and Information Processing,” and “Relational Database Applications.” Instructure’s Canvas Network is an open-source LMS used by many schools and institutions. Copyright 2013 Bryant Nielson.

Training: Spaced Learning

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

Learning Futures provides free open-source tools and guides to help schools implement the Spaced Learning method. by AJ George  Do you have a large. amount of information you'd like to teach quickly and effectively? While most trainers would agree that it's not a good idea to teach lots of. information over a short amount of time, one learning method suggests. the opposite.     In an article first reported in Scientific American in 2005 , R. Douglas