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.

Top Open Source Learning Management Systems

Designing Digitally

There are many benefits involved with choosing an open source learning management system (lms) for your educational needs; starting with the ability to fully customize the software to your organization’s needs without having to purchase expensive licenses.

Other Open Source LMS Solutions

eLearning 24-7

Here is a list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. Part two discusses some pros vs. cons on Moodle and open source LMS/LCMS in general. Open Elms - Support for articulate, captivate, targets business. Olat - IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform. Tags: LCMS LMS Moodle Open Source Uncategorized e-learning elearning

An Open Source Environment for E-Learning Content Development

The E-Learning Curve

As I'm in the process of updating my website ’s Learning Content Management System (LCMS), I though it would be interesting to discuss open source environments, and how they can be implemented in an e-learning content development ecosystem.

Open source e-learning development 11: Moodle

The E-Learning Curve

Open source e-learning development 11: Moodle is a post from: E-Learning Curve Blog. Tags: LCMS Moodle constructivist learning environment e-learning learning technology principles of constructivism social learning In all the time that I've written about Moodle, I've never really written about Moodle, if you see what I mean. I'll remedy that today.

UPDATED: Other Open Source LMS Solutions

eLearning 24-7

A list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. Ectolearning – Open learning environment, with collaboration tools plus LMS – for Education/academia. Open LMS. Open Elms - Support for articulate, captivate, targets business. Olat - IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform. Tags: LCMS LMS Moodle Open Source Uncategorized e-learning elearning joomla

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. I hate that term, but if that means it helps manage classroom learning (so is a true LMS rather than an LCMS) then that's cool. open source marketplace tools Moodle software LMSs PLEs freelearning

OLAT: Swiss Quality Open Source LMS by Joël Fisler

Learning Solutions Magazine

OLAT is a Java-based, open source, enterprise class learning management system developed and. Tags: Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Tools maintained by the University of Zurich. While it may be a new name to many readers, OLAT. already has a world-wide distribution, with current versions in 15 languages. This article presents. an overview of the LMS and its features.

Sakai: Open Source … Open Minds by Larissa Biggers

Learning Solutions Magazine

Tags: Content Management Development Strategies Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Management Strategies Social Media Tools

Free e-Learning books

eFront

Nowhere will you find a more comprehensive set of tips that you can use to improve your LMS and LCMS implementation efforts. 382 Tips on the SELECTION of an LMS or LCMS - eLearning Guild.is 311 Tips on the MANAGEMENT of an LMS or LCMS - eLearning Guild.is

LMS & LCMS Directory

eLearning 24-7

Click to view and download the directory, which is in an Excel file - E-Learning 24/7 LMS & LCMS Directory. Open Source LMSs are not on the list, you can find this information here. SAP, Peoplesoft, Oracle and HRIS systems; thus if you have one of those systems you are now open to a greater number of vendors, rather then staying with your ERP or HRIS provider. Tags: LCMS LMS Uncategorized e-learning e-learning vendors elearning Contains over 200 systems.

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Top 10 LMS/LCMS Trends and Forecasts

eLearning 24-7

The trends apply to both LMS/LCMS vendors. Asia – misleading by LMS/LCMS vendors. Vendors and sadly, companies who purchase their products, believe that since someone can open up their web browser and click to view pages, they can figure it out. Forecast: Continued development by LMS/LCMS vendors making their front end UI (what the end user – i.e. employee or customer) more intuitive, easier to use and truly user friendly.

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Moodle Mayhem

eLearning 24-7

Many people are turning to open source LMS/LCMSs solutions, including Moodle without knowing ahead of time, the potential challenges that might befall them. More of a course management system, than a LCMS/LMS as they try to push it. You can either have all open, which many companies do not want, or are stuck with course keys and other additional non-necessary steps. Moodle and some other open source LMS/LCMS solutions are not really “out of the box&# solutions.

2011 LMS Award Winners plus a quick note on m-learning

eLearning 24-7

What has been applying is the term mobile learning and how it it pitched to consumers in the e-learning sector, especially with LMS/LCMS/Learning platform vendors. Mobile learning is not just seeing the LMS (or LCMS or platform) via a mobile browser. Click on the app and your default browser opens and off you go. As I often say to folks, what is the point of having an app, if all it does is open up my browser. Open Source Commercial.

The Revolution is Coming: Consumer Tablets and E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

If you wanted to work on creating content, for many people, the route would be and still is creating courses via a desktop based rapid e-learning authoring tool, or via your LMS/LCMS vendor’s tool (hosted or not) or via Dreamweaver or some other type of solution. Ipad, Entourage EDGE, Camangi WebStation, Freescale, Amtek, Asus,Open Peak’s Open Tablet, ExoPC Tablet, Fusion_Garage Joo Joo, Ubuntu Linux SmartQ, EAFT MagicTile. APIs, Open Source, HTML5.

APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

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). Why would I want to have an API in my LMS/LCMS or CMS? Again, either incorporate into your LMS/LCMS/CMS or your learning portal.

Moodle: Pros, Challenges

eLearning 24-7

I want to make something very clear – Moodle and other open source LMSs, Learning Portals, CMSs, etc. More of a course management system, than a LCMS/LMS as they try to push it. You can either have all open, which many companies do not want, or are stuck with course keys and other additional non-necessary steps. The biggest challenge you will face with Moodle, and in many cases with open source LMS/LCMS solutions is that you need to have strong technical skills.

CMS: An Alternative to a LMS for those who seek Portals or Communities

eLearning 24-7

While the race is on for people to get LMSs and LCMSs, there are some people who either do not want or need a LMS/LCMS, but want to create a learning community or more often, some type of portal – intranet or internet. And, with the costs of a LCMS or even some CMSs, you might want to seek out the open source – FREE way. Your output will need to be “web or online&# and not a LMS/LCMS, depending on their verbiage.

LMS/LCMS Social Media & Side Notes

eLearning 24-7

If you haven’t been looking at LMS/LCMS solutions lately or if you have, you may be noticing a trend - social media. Does your LMS/LCMS vendor offer these? Media Sharing (Video, Audio, Application) - (Video – YouTube, Audio- Last.fm, Application – any P2P site or open storage site if you give access to other end users – examples Livedrive, Idrive, Box.net.

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Encore – Moodle: Pros, Challenges

eLearning 24-7

I want to make something very clear – Moodle and other open source LMSs, Learning Portals, CMSs, etc. More of a course management system, than a LCMS/LMS as they try to push it. You can either have all open, which many companies do not want, or are stuck with course keys and other additional non-necessary steps. The biggest challenge you will face with Moodle, and in many cases with open source LMS/LCMS solutions is that you need to have strong technical skills.

LMS and Learning Portal Directory Plus HTML5 Course

eLearning 24-7

28 free open source vendors – on 2nd tab. LCMS – dead. Please download it and not just open up open in your window. If you do not save it after you open it, you will not see it again, because it will exist in your cache and unless you know where to find it, many people think it disappears. e-learning elearning LMS Open Source e-learning vendors HTML5 learning portal Trends E-Learn Info elearning vendors

Dreamweaver Slayers

eLearning 24-7

Next Week: LMS/LCMS – If you build it, they will come. Tags: Open Source Product Review authoring tools e-learning e-learning vendors elearning Dreamweaver Dreamweaver was not created for people to build courses in, rather it was created for people to build web sites and other web related solutions. Let the Slayers list begin! Listed Below are FREE. Aptana Aptana Studio - Enables you to also incorporate Ajax, CSS, etc.;

My Moodle Test

Xyleme

Home > Learning Technologies , Standards > My Moodle Test My Moodle Test October 9th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Talk has been heating up lately regarding the use of open source versus proprietary systems for learning. Sophia Peters provides another interesting post entitled Deciding Between Open Source and Proprietary Software? once people get past their initial fears and the stigma, the Open Source learning development community will grow exponentially.”

Kineo to Debut Enterprise Moodle Solution at DevLearn 2010 by Learning Solutions Staff

Learning Solutions Magazine

Kineo announces Totara, the first open-source learning management system designed specifically for. Tags: Content Management Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS) Management Strategies Tools the corporate sector, at DevLearn November 3.

Social Learning – What’s the Point? Time to turn the tables on the naysayers

eLearning 24-7

I believe this is very possible, because regardless of the generation, people want easy, they want fast and if they could do a lot of things in a system for example, rather than having multiple windows open, they would do it. Opens up learning, and makes your solution a one stop service. LMS/LCMS/Learning Portal (commercial or free), e-readers, any mobile device(i.e. What’s the point?

Thinking Out of the Box: How the University of British Columbia School of Nursing Created a Practice e-Portfolio by Fareed Teja

Learning Solutions Magazine

Faculty and staff at the University of British Columbia’s School of Nursing (UBC SoN) worked together to create an open source e-Portfolio system for students in the BSN and Master of Nursing – Nurse Practitioner programs. Tags: Certification Content Management Future Trends Instructional Design Learning Systems (LMS/LCMS

Upgraded LMS Directory- More Vendors, New Add-ons!

eLearning 24-7

My latest LMS/LCMS directory provides a wealth of new information on 242 vendors. List does not include Open Source – FREE LMS vendors which are posted elsewhere on the site. Tags: E-Learn Info LCMS LMS e-learning e-learning vendors hosted learning portal social learning social media elearning learing portal New columns – Does the vendor offer a trial? What social media platforms does the vendor use?

Confused with learning technologies? Choose your best option

CommLab India

LMS or LCMS? Learning Content Management System (LCMS): In addition to what LMS can do, it also helps you create training content in the application itself. To learn more about the LMS and LCMS differences please read Difference between an LMS and LCMS.

Daily Bookmarks 03/26/2008

Experiencing eLearning

Opened Practices. Resources and descriptions for teaching practices using open source tools. Harold Jarche » Costs of open source and proprietary LCMS/LMS. Resources comparing the costs for open source and proprietary LMSs & LCMSs JAWS: Navigating Web Pages. tags: accessibility , webdesign. Navigation keyboard commands for the JAWS screen reader. tags: community , education , highered , learning , opensource.

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Moodle Demo Site

eLearning Cyclops

It is a great way to learn and explore this open source LCMS. While searching Moodle.org for ways to learn more about Moodle, I found their demo site. They provide access to Admin, Teacher, and Student levels, so you can get a good feel for the system's features as they pertain to each role. And the demo system is erased and restored every hour, allowing you to do whatever you want without any harm. Also, the demo is offered in numerous languages.

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Social Media Offerings which can b used in Social Learning

eLearning 24-7

Open Source/Mashups - APis, open source – while open source and APIs are not social media, they will enable multi-faceted social media features and capabilities. Tags: LCMS LMS Uncategorized e-learning e-learning vendors elearning social learning social media lms vendors Social media types with examples. New social media types are being created, identified and defined constantly.

SCORM Cloud

eLearning 24-7

No matter where you are, no matter what you are – portal, learning community, LMS/LCMS (open source), group, web page with links, API integrated solution, etc. Can download your SCORM courses from the “cloud&# to go into your LMS/LCMS (open source/vendor or proprietary – hosted on your own server – behind your firewall, on your vendor’s server or on any server on the net or wherever).

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LMS Customization

eLearning 24-7

Let’s pose a hypothetical: You are close to deciding on your LMS/LCMS, however you notice there are items or components or reports you want to include or have, but they are not available on your solution. Customization can be a big deal when it comes to your LMS/LCMS for a simple fact, many of times what you are purchasing is “off the shelf&# and comes with standard features. The exception – Open source LMS which is free.

Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace

eLearning 24-7

As social learning continues to grow, LMS/LCMS vendors are taking various approaches. LMS/LCMS vendors are following one of three approaches when it comes to social learning. When so many potential customers are seeing the advantages of open source, creating their own learning or VLE portals or seeing the value of various social media types and incorporating them into some type of social learning community, the “do nothing&# spin is well, a time warp into the past.

LMS Customization

eLearning 24-7

Let’s pose a hypothetical: You are close to deciding on your LMS/LCMS, however you notice there are items or components or reports you want to include or have, but they are not available on your solution. Customization can be a big deal when it comes to your LMS/LCMS for a simple fact, many of times what you are purchasing is “off the shelf&# and comes with standard features, capabilities. For example, every LMS/LCMS system will come with “standard reports&#.

LMS True or False

eLearning 24-7

Ahh the LMS/LCMS world where everything is a wonderful world of pear trees, green grass, sunny days and where there are no myths, no falsehoods, just internal bliss – awaiting the customer. LCMS) out there that are mid level and honestly even small dogs. LMS/LCMS vendors who offer multiple systems/flavors of the systems are targeting certain company size (employee wise). e-learning LCMS LMS

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. I love innovation. It is what makes any product or service, aspire to new heights. I especially love it when it happens in the e-learning industry. Our industry is made up into four camps.

LMS – Seats, Huh?

eLearning 24-7

Seats: It is a common term, and in the e-learning world for a LMS/LCMS – it means something that will cost you more later on, if you do not realize the true essence of how it works. 99% of all LMS/LCMS (and for this topic, I will just call them ‘LMS’), use a format called seats when it comes to placing your audience, end users, learners, employees, whatever into the system. Tags: e-learning LMS LCMS Seats

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LMS News. Directory. Plus E-Learning Notes

eLearning 24-7

Access to the Open Source LMS Directory prior to posting on the blog. E-Learn Info e-learning e-learning vendors elearning LCMS learning portal LMS craig weissA new year is upon us and thus it is time to re-visit the LMS market. A lot of changes have already been happening in just a short time frame. Several vendors have left the space, a few have entered. New trends are starting to appear – and in these two cases, they are beneficial to consumers.

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Here Data, Data, Data – LMS

eLearning 24-7

We all want to have the perfect LMS/LCMS when we purchase it and implement it into our workplace. Questions to Ask your Would-Be LMS/LCMS vendor. A.csv file can be created, opened and saved in Excel or any open source spreadsheet program. If you have already Purchased a LMS/LCMS or are Looking to Leave and Go Elsewhere or Just Curious. Tags: LMS SCORM Uncategorized e-learning elearning csv data LCMS lms vendors