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Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs

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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. The reason I state “free” open source, is because “open source” itself is not necessarily free. I’m not talking about your customization of it, rather that with some companies they charge for you to use their open source code.

Choosing between Moodle and a SaaS learning platform like aNewSpring

anewspring

Both platforms enable you to create content, use calendars, link mentors and create a good and clear structure for the students. The way you create your training (or what we call ‘learning journeys’) are very different though. Moodle is open source, but it’s not free.

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The Main Types of LMS to Have in Mind

Melon Learning

Free (open source) vs Commercial (closed source). Often one of the first decisions that an organization has to face when choosing an LMS is whether to go for a free/open-source platform or a commercial (closed source) solution. It is more straight-forward to use, so it doesn’t require your learners to have prior technical knowledge, which is usually the case with the open-source options.

Product Review: Totara

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Seems to focus more on client side server, when space as a whole is focused more on SaaS. Calendar – Love it here, but when you hover over the dates, shows a tiny box if an event is available. Clicking the calendar is no good, because you do not go to the full screen calendar in the system. But if you click the month “October” then it goes to the big calendar. Calendar. I did want to mention the Calendar because I think it is so AWESOME!

Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

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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. Free open hard drive space – especially with video hungry files. I see this as one of the most important features for any learning management system, open source or commercial.

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Effectus LMS For effective Employee Training Management and Tracking

CommLab India

The launch of “Effectus”, an LMS based on the open source LMS Moodle, has simplified the lives of administrators and users. Effectus lets you create/check learning paths of individuals/groups of learners with ease. Learners can export and integrate the training calendar from Effectus into outlook or Google calendar, informing them of upcoming training events. Since Effectus LMS is based on open-source LMS Moodle, it is highly configurable and flexible.

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Latest E-Learning Insight and News

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Systems that are only available as hosted on your own servers are starting to significantly decline. Equally of interest, are the increase in open source systems that offer for a fee, hosting on their own servers, rather than on yours. Now some of these systems will offer hosted on your own servers – if you demand it – but their goal is to have it “in the cloud” What about Extended Enterprise or academia/education? Open Source Systems.

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Some Insights for Successful LMS Selection and Implementation

G-Cube

We talked to Shah Rizwan , Head – IT Services at G-Cube, who shared with us some eye-openers into the wide world of LMS of today. An LMS should also enable seamless scheduling of trainings to be conducted and provide the detailed calendar for all training activities within an organization. Some clients also express the need for a LMS to be able to create curriculum or learning path for learners. Roadmap for creating a Learner-Centric LMS Buying a LMS? –

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8 LMS Requirements For Corporate Training

eFront

Thankfully, eFrontPro natively supports the two most popular enterprise Single Sign On protocols, namely LDAP, an Open Source standard that’s popular in the Linux world; and Active Directory, Microsoft’s variation on LDAP, popular with Windows-based installations. contained in them, for easy making integration and syncing with external sources (such as your ERP platform).

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K-12 and LMSs are Broken, Who’s to Blame?

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Uptime – Most systems today who are in the cloud use server farms such as Rackspace and Amazon S3 – thus that “uptime” is tied to those servers. Sure you can create courses but truly interactive self-pace is questionable at best (although the vendors will tell you otherwise). Calendar. Assessments – ability to create and grade. Private server. Create a poll or survey, hand it out to the kids and let them provide feedback.

Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

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After one quarter (for most companies) into the fiscal calendar year, it is time to see what the future holds in our space. While there is nothing wrong with seeking the golden goose, and even catching it a few times, if you do not have the server bandwidth to do so, nor the internal support and capabilities to handle it, how long do you think they will remain? The spin of course, is that open source systems enable APIs. Ability to create HTML5 courses in RCATs.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Emerging Technologies in e-Learning

Learning Visions

Instructional designers can take the tools and create a good learning experience or not. Instead of building website on a server, can build a website that pulls from multiple. Simulation Tools General Trends: Move from client-server to service oriented architectures (mashups) -- changes power relations and info control and where things can come from. Any LMS needs to have open-standards (not just open source) so you can take your content to another source.

Podcasting to Accelerate Sales for Course Creators with Craig Hewitt from Castos

LifterLMS

Castos is a podcast hosting platform that allows you to host your audio files and create your RSS feed, and that is what can be sent out to platforms like iTunes. Podcasting can be a terrific source of lead generation, and it can serve as content marketing or inbound marketing for establishing authority in your space. Castos is a podcast hosting platform, so for shows like this you host your audio files and create your RSS feed somewhere.

The Ultimate Glossary of eLearning Terms

LearnUpon

An eLearning content authoring tool is a software package which content developers use to create and package eLearning course content using SCORM or xAPI standards. CDN is a global network of proxy servers deployed in multiple data centers to enable the high availability and high performance of content being viewed by the learner. Functionality in a learning management system that is used to upload and create courses. MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).