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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. and European vendors interestingly enough, do not follow suit. 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. There are vendors who state they are “Performance Management&# LMS/LCMSs, rather than just saying they are a LMS/LCMS vendor. Social Learning.

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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. your IS/IT people) can make modifications or changes in the code to suit your needs. 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.

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

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That is what one senior exec said to me, the other day when it came to social learning. 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. Even with slideshare, you can actually post e-books and other documents, so it follows suit in a system. Incorporate Social Q/A. What’s the point?