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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. You can find a long list of tools broken into authoring tools, games/simulations, quiz/test tools, social media, delivery platforms, tracking and whether they support mobile.

Top 10 LMS/LCMS Trends and Forecasts

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The trends apply to both LMS/LCMS vendors. Global markets. market (very high), Europe (moderately) and Australia/N.Z. With over 200 vendors in the market, and 95% plus targeting the U.S., the market is becoming more and ore saturated. Thus, identifying and targeting new markets is an important driver. market faces real competition in that, the U.S., While they have penetrated and have strong market share in the U.K. market.

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LMS/LCMS Social Media & Side Notes

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If you haven’t been looking at LMS/LCMS solutions lately or if you have, you may be noticing a trend - social media. Instead, let’s call it, what it really is and what it will be going forward – “Social Media&#. To have a better understanding on social media, I have provided the types of social media followed by an example. Does your LMS/LCMS vendor offer these? Social Media – Followed by an example.

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APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

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Open Architecture. APIs are open source code, so that developers (inc. Google code is open source code, so you can manipulate. Here is just a few of ones I like, that are unique and you could use in your LMS/LCMS/CMS, Learning Portal (caveat: your vendor must be able to accept APIs, otherwise it won’t work). Adaptive Learning with a Social Q/A twist. Why would I want to have an API in my LMS/LCMS or CMS? Social Learning?

Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace

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As social learning continues to grow, LMS/LCMS vendors are taking various approaches. While some view themselves as “social learning&# savvy, incorporating various components, others seem to see themselves as just sitting on the sidelines. LMS/LCMS vendors are following one of three approaches when it comes to social learning. Dip their feet in it – just a bit, a little here, a little there – oh and call it a full social learning platform.