Why an Open Source LMS Isn’t Always the Best Option

Association eLearning

Yes, it sounds like a good idea, but if you own a business or run an association, you might want to think twice about open source. The license must not require the exclusion of other software or interfere with the operation of other software. You’re shopping for an LMS and behold FREE OPEN SOURCE LMS pops up. you say excitedly. Yes, indeed. Free and open source. Well hold the phone because if it sounds too good to be true, it’s because open source isn’t all it claims to be.

The Benefits of SaaS: Hosted LMS

Association eLearning

The client subscribes to the software rather than licensing it outright and running it on their own servers. Taking this on by yourself could be a hassle, as you first have to find skilled IT staff, and then they have to learn the LMS. How long will it take them to learn? An ability to focus on the organization’s core business, instead of spending resources to support yet another system. SaaS stands for Software as a Service.

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IAR Professional Development Portal

Association eLearning

Download the IAR Association Learning Management System Case Study as a PDF. Founded in 1913, The Indiana Association of REALTORS ® (IAR) is a professional membership society representing more than 18,000 REALTORS statewide who are involved in virtually all aspects related to the sale, purchase, exchange or lease of real property in Indiana. IAR chose Digitec and their Knowledge Direct® Learning Management System (LMS).

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Software for Associations | 15 Platforms to Consider

Web Courseworks

Your association is responsible for creating engagement opportunities—from continuing education courses to conferences and events—to help your members grow in their careers and meet like-minded professionals in related fields. Association management encompasses all activities related to achieving these goals, including program development, member communications, and recruitment. Association Management System (AMS) Software for Associations.

Associations Need to Lead Change with Education Programs

WBT Systems

“ The Association Role in the New Education Paradigm ”, a recently published whitepaper, outlines the potential for Associations to lead a much needed change in the current education industry. The authors of this whitepaper make a compelling case for associations to step in and bridge the growing education-to-employment gap by offering alternative, affordable, industry specific education programs for professional development and credentialing.

Open Source LMS: Hidden Costs for Associations

WBT Systems

Many associations have, at some point, considered the benefits of choosing an open source LMS for delivering their education programs. This is especially true of associations that may be considering implementing an online learning platform for the first time, or those with a limited budget. This may also impact on the availability of staff resources for other projects, resulting in delays and other costs to the association.