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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.

Is Open Source Ready for Extended Enterprise Learning?

Talented Learning

Six years ago I pivoted after 14 years on the front lines with two major commercial LMS vendors. Open source software is a great example. Early open source learning systems were viable for academic applications. Top Open Source LMS Platforms.

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Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs

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Everyone loves free, especially with software. Free software should be in a class by itself, because it often rumbles into three areas: 100% free with no watermarks, limited features/capabilities. I already have spoke ad naseum about the pros and cons of any free open source platform, so my criteria on what I feel are the best 10 free open source systems are presented below. Some free open source platforms, offer hosting for an additional fee.

Open Source and Free: Mobile Learning Tools, M-Learning Systems, SCORM

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Below is a list of various open source and free tools including: m-learning, testing web pages in browsers, mobile learning systems, SCORM and the lame PENS (IMO). To create Android Apps, they is an App inventor, which is still in beta stage. Mobile Learning Tools. MLEX – Mobile Learning Experiment - software tool designed to create a single web page viewable on standard or small sized displays. MySCORM - SCORM content authoring tools.

Open Source and Free: Mobile Learning Tools, M-Learning Systems, SCORM

eLearning 24-7

Below is a list of various open source and free tools including: m-learning, testing web pages in browsers, mobile learning systems, SCORM and the lame PENS (IMO). To create Android Apps, they is an App inventor, which is still in beta stage. Mobile Learning Tools. MLEX – Mobile Learning Experiment - software tool designed to create a single web page viewable on standard or small sized displays. MySCORM - SCORM content authoring tools.

The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

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The RCAT (rapid content authoring tool) market continues to be healthy with nothing to slow it down – uh, except maybe one thing (more on that later). Yeah, I know we have just jumped into January, but in a review of the past several months, authoring tools continue to follow a similar path amongst themselves with certain feature sets. I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game.

Best of the Best: Content Authoring Tools

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Again, not every tool below is SaaS based, but at some point, you have to move to the SaaS world, especially if you are offering or saying you do – some type of mobile learning functionality. I’ve seen some authoring tools that fit most of the criteria above, but whose ease of use is substandard or even really bad. There is never any pay for play here – even my vendor clients are aware that they may not win best of the best.

Times are changing – trends in the content authoring tool market

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As the rapid content authoring market continues to grow, new features and capabilities are equally growing. There are 124 authoring tools in my latest directory, of which 30 are SaaS or a combination of desktop and SaaS – which really what is the point of that? Even though more tools are adding the features of collaborative and peer review (more on that in a sec) they are still heavy geared towards a desktop solution. Built in assessment tool, inc.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

eLearning 24-7

As the evolution of e-learning continues, the rapid content authoring tools (RCAT) market follows suit. This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. While the assumption would be that all the products are alike, or that fee based tools are superior to their free counterparts, nothing could be farther than the truth. Once you did though, you could do quite a lot with the tool. 43 Vendors do not have one.

Getting Handy With Interactive Enterprise Software Training

Your Training Edge

Enterprise software training has changed. It wasn’t long ago that face-to-face sessions and tools like on-demand video were mainstays. That said, here are several things to keep in mind when creating and managing interactive software training.

Learning Tools – Do these really belong?

eLearning 24-7

First off, Jane Hart put this together from whereas folks voted for the tools they use for learning. That said, there were some curious items on this list, which to me, doesn’t really fly in the world of learning tools. A learning tool, should be well, a form of learning technology, not just a product that is for say e-mail, that is used because we send learning URLs in it, or we take courses on the subject or we can send invites to web conferences in it. .

Covid-19 Aid: Free Tools and Resources for Virtual Learning and Remote Work

Talented Learning

While following these stories of digital transformation, we’ve discovered many valuable tools and services that are available at no cost in response to Covid-19. So we’ve compiled a list of free tools and resources in 7 categories: 1) Learning Technology Offers.

Rapid Content Authoring Tools 2010 – Innovators, Winners and Updated Trends

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You can use either your own 3rd party content authoring tool and upload it into the “Cloud&# and then wherever you are, output either to your LMS, or onto Moodle or even WordPress (they have a plug in for that) OR place the course in Facebook or nearly any solution that accepts APIs. OR you can create courses SCORM 2004 courses within their tool which is in the “cloud&# and do the same thing. Open Source Product of the Year (i.e.

Why author elearning content to industry standards?

OpenSesame

At OpenSesame, we receive inquiries from subject matter experts and content authors who have developed training programs but are unsure about how to monetize them in today’s online world. Course building tools on these platforms are available without cost but are not without limitations.

The top 10 elearning LMS platforms & software available right now

Elucidat

From creating essential training to deploying it across the organization, an LMS keeps you in control. But with 2020 seeing more feature-packed software on the market, how do you know which LMS to choose? What is LMS software? How to choose the best LMS software.

Latest E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

So that a more constant date is set each week for this blog, the topic “Latest Content Authoring Tools Trends&# will be posted Tuesday morning, July 19th. This month’s news and notes includes details on the E-Learning 24/7 Course Authoring Tool Shootut, A new Content Authoring Tool Directory along with interesting data points, LMS Info and final tidbits. E-Learning 24/7 and E-Learning TV presents: Rapid Course Authoring Tool Shootout.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

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Open Source Systems – That have to be 100% free to be considered. Please remember for TM or as some vendors like to pitch as “performance management or knowledge management&# , the modules are extra and are not part of the system (at least for now). Open Source LMS of the Year. Comes with Jackdraw authoring tool, and in the tool you can use Captivate, Articulate, Camtasia & PowerPoint content. LMS Products of the Year 2010.

APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

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Unfortunately, too many vendors in the e-learning space have failed to see the power and potential of this capability, and have decided to ignore them. An API (Application Program Interface) enables an interface from a piece of software to communicate with another piece of software (in its simplest form) or multiple pieces of software (called a mashup). Open Architecture. APIs are open source code, so that developers (inc. LMS Vendors.

The Top 10 Most Used Online Employee Training Tools: Part 2

TalentLMS

In our previous installment of this series we suggested 6 of the most essential tools for online employee training, focusing mainly on the kind of tools that you’ll need for content creation-related tasks. In this post we’ll suggest tools that can help you with designing and managing your courses. Excel as a tool for online training you might ask? Designing, creating, deploying and running an eLearning course is not that different than any other IT project.

LMS and Learning Portal Directory Plus HTML5 Course

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Latest: 303 LMS & Learning Portal Vendors. 28 free open source vendors – on 2nd tab. Vendors are listed from all over the world. List includes Lite LMSs – which is a new trend and LMS vendors who enable you only to upload their course content i.e. content created in their products into their system. They do not allow you to use any other 3rd party rapid content authoring tool vendor.

Dreamweaver Slayers

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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. Kompozer – Very easy authoring tool, WYSIWYG approach; tabbed editing, template support, plug-in capabilities, oh did I mention it was simple? I did not include the following because I believe they are more oriented towards creating web sites or IDE or not necessarily useful for e-learning; but if you like it.then go for it.

Why Author eLearning Content to Industry Standards?

OpenSesame

At OpenSesame, we receive inquiries from subject matter experts and content authors who have developed training programs but are unsure about how to monetize them in the today’s online world. Course building tools on these platforms are available without cost but not without limitations. For every native platform, you are committing to build and continuously maintain your catalog using only the tools provided. Finding the right authoring tool.

Latest LMS Trends – The Truth is No Longer a Stranger

eLearning 24-7

In my latest directory, 393 LMS vendors – global, of which 34 or so are open source systems. In a market this size, and with so many vendors overly focused on the U.S. and not necessarily worldwide (which should be the case), there is bound to be those vendors who are seeking new opportunities. Acquiring another LMS or e-learning vendor. Outside of the industry purchasing vendors in the space. The survey tool is typically included.

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? Proprietary software has closed standards that hinder further development. Home About Podcasts Videos Xyleme Inc.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

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They involved talent management, “hello and goodbye” with vendors, social learning, upswing in mobile learning, new feature sets in the authoring tool space, flat lining in web conferencing and standalone platforms. LMSs/LCMS/CMS/learning platforms in commercial and open space continued their presence. I have seen continued interest and downloads for open source AR tool kits. Augmented reality opens those doors.

A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

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LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. Sure there were exceptions on the desktop side – most notably Articulate Storyline, but overall until desktop vendors see the advantages of SaaS, especially with real time collaboration and peer review, tablets will be slow going. All the Open source systems – again you must add TinCan API on your own.

Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

eLearning 24-7

I mean ever&# , from a senior executive at a mid to large size vendor that has been in the market for several years. Across the board, a large number of vendors (from small to large) saw increases in their quarter numbers. Especially, when vendors released their 2010 final numbers and saw big increases from the previous year. One vendor is months behind their release schedule. Another vendor is suffering Q/A issues. Ability to create HTML5 courses in RCATs.

How to Create a SCORM Compliant Course on a Budget?

Hurix Digital

If you’re an author who would want to get the word out and share your content online, you want to ensure that your content is actually accessible on your LMS. This is where creating SCORM compliant courses help since they work with various Learning Management Systems. The flexibility and interoperability of being able to add materials from different sources is what increases the demand for SCORM-compliant content. Creating a SCORM Compliant Course on a Budget.

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User Friendly or Hype?

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Authoring tools whose interface either looks like to was written in 1997 (thus outdated) or is so confusing, that the premise of rapid, just is not possible. Web Conferencing tools, requiring you to download plug-ins or other files before you can start – one of the biggest pet peeves among end users, and the number one reason why people fail to get in, ending up calling your administrator, or you. If I am vendor, whose product is paid (i.e. We are user friendly.

Technology Skills for Instructional Designers

Experiencing eLearning

Authoring Tools. Most people need to be familiar with an authoring tool. You don’t need to know both programs, but I recommend at least a basic understanding of at least one of these tools. What tools are most requested? Let that guide your decision on which tool to learn first. Both of these tools offer free trials. This blog has helped me troubleshoot problems in a tool on multiple occasions. Other Authoring Tools.

E-Learning Early Indicators

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Vendors were saying, lets “wait on those&# or “our customers are not requesting them, so we are holding off&#. Apparently, the potential customers and even clients are speaking and those vendors are listening. Not just a few vendors, the industry as a whole. A significant number of vendors, reported higher revenue and sales numbers in 2010, then in 2009. A number of vendors whose real focus is the Talent Management/Performance Management market.

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2020 LMS Trends: An Analyst’s Extended Enterprise Learning Predictions

Talented Learning

But the industry’s unbridled expansion started to lose steam a couple of years ago, when vendors began seeking growth through acquisition. Absorb Software Acquires Torch LMS. Absorb Software Acquires Cloud-Based Learning Tech Company, ePath Learning. Content authoring.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). With the growing popularity of Flash for elearning, many elearning vendors developed their Rapid authoring tools which were aimed to publish Flash based elearning content without requiring major programming. Should you be using rapid authoring tools?

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

Elearning development tools: only Adobe? Over the last ten years or so, major elearning developers have preferred to use tools like Flash, Authorware and Director from Adobe (earlier Macromedia). With the growing popularity of Flash for elearning, many elearning vendors developed their Rapid authoring tools which were aimed to publish Flash based elearning content without requiring major programming.

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

When they hit stride, other vendors take notice and soon, the lemming revolution begins. You create your own courses – as you would normally do – this is not done in OpenSesame. 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).

Review of ASTD International Trade Expo

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Lots of vendors, lots of potential. There were vendors that had nice LMSs and cool features. It just wasn’t me thinking this, I heard it from attendees and even other vendors who were trolling the floor. I would estimate that there was a 60-40 split, still instructor led driven, but even a significant number of the ILT vendors were offering subsets or capabilities to turn their ILT into online via webinars or online courses. Many vendors stated as such to me.

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Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

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What always stuns me are vendors who state they know what their learners want, but in reality have no clue, because they themselves do not see the technology and its usage among the masses. A greater number of people, worldwide are using SaaS then ever before, mobile products, tablets – especially the iPad – is growing at a feverish pace, people are using online storage, beyond just placing photos and media, and open source is continuing expansion.

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

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I shot off the usual reasons, the benefits, the gains and then found myself expanding into the next possibilities of where a system and content authoring tool had to go. 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. For vendors, they could make it happen and generate revenue.

Creating an e-learning strategy that works

eLearning 24-7

In my opinion here are the key items you will need: Will you want/need an authoring tool to build courses or are you going to have someone outside of the organization build them or just purchase courses via a 3rd party provider? Thus, if you plan to build your own courses, you will need an authoring tool (I recommend authoring tool route). A LMS/LCMS/Learning Platform – Regardless if it is open source (free, but not really) or commercial.

Award for all awards

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Granted it does not include bloggers (I hand them out- more on that in a sec) or believe it or not – other vendors, but it is a nice list nevertheless. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, after all when a company or vendor wins such an award it makes for great advertising and marketing. There are a couple of ways that a firm, company, vendor or individual can win an award, depending on the organization that is selecting winners. Open Source Product of the Year (i.e.