Podcast 23: Open Source LMS Advantages – With Lars Hyland of Totara

Talented Learning

EPISODE 23 – TOPIC SUMMARY AND GUEST: Open source development methodologies are rapidly transforming every corner of the software community. But when should organizations choose an open source LMS platform as the backbone for extended enterprise learning ?

The Real Cost of a Free (Open Source) LMS!

Upside Learning

Add to it the fact that its open source which makes it free to use, has made it very popular. But is Moodle or any other open source LMS (there are a few good ones like the ones mentioned here ) really free? So what is a real cost of a free (open source) LMS?

Open-Source Learning: How Moodle Makes Learning Accessible & Adaptable

eThink Education

Open source , for many, is a bit of a nerve-racking term. Open source as it pertains to Learning Management Systems (LMS) essentially means that the code is freely available for anyone to download and use anytime and anywhere in the world. Customized Open-Source Learning.

Why EasyGenerator isn’t open source

Challenge to Learn

One of them: open source. The question was: should EasyGenerator become open source or should it stay proprietary. In the end we decided not to go for the open source model en in this blog I will try to explain why. Note: With open source software you share the source code of your software with everybody and everybody can contribute to it. My open source experience is therefore mainly based on these three.

Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs

eLearning 24-7

100% free but with limitations (and you cannot upgrade – some ATs actually do this – with the goal of you buying another of their products). 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.

6 Advantages of Using an Open-Source LMS

LearnDash

Should you launch your course on a hosted LMS, or use an open-source option? But if your course is your life’s passion, here are six reasons an open-source LMS will set you up for long-term success. Meanwhile, because an open-source LMS is accessible to a wider audience, it works with a broader range of themes. Or, if you’re really committed to solidifying your brand look and feel, you can work with a developer to create a custom theme.

When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?

G-Cube

The presentation than briefly turned into a debate between open-source and proprietary systems. Now, this was not the first time when someone asked me to compare open source vs. proprietary systems, and I am sure it won’t be the last. Open Source Vs. Proprietary LMS TCO.

Announcing the end-of-life for eFront 3.6 branch, including eFront Open-Source

eFront

branch of eFront by the end of 2015; this affects the open-source edition of eFront as well. We will keep supporting customers of Educational and Enterprise eFront editions up to the end of 2016. I would like to take this opportunity to talk a bit about eFront Open-Source.

Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars.

eFront

As a result, the following post is Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning. The following list contains free and open source Web Conferencing tools that are nt in particular order.

Kineo Insights Webinar: The Truth About Open Source – a conversation with Sakai’s Executive Director

Learning Visions

Today as part of the Kineo Insights webinar series – a conversation on open source. The following are my notes from Part 1 of the webinar: The Truth About Open Source: A conversation with Michael Korcuska, Executive Director of Sakai. The Truth About Open Source Who writes the code? And other burning questions about source… Poll #1: How many of you currently use open source LMS? 5% currently use one 95% do not use an open source LMS.

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. Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS. Case Study: Limitations of an Open Source LMS.

Course Content Authoring Tools – Open Source (Free)

eLearning 24-7

The list is followed by free open source software that mimics and can even beat – IMO some of its more well known competitors – that you might use when building your WBT. SCORM compliant learning object generator, customized editing interface, web based media player that works across multiple platforms, video/audio, image slides, text synchronization. Xerte - Open source tools for e-learning developers and designers.

The Winners List: Learning Locker® Open Source Awards 2019

HT2 Labs

Highlighting innovation and creativity amongst users of both Open Source and Enterprise editions of the Learning Locker® LRS, the first year of the Awards proved popular with learning analytics enthusiasts from a diverse range of industries and disciplines.

Free e-Learning books

eFront

The guide contains the course model, week-by-week learning activities, general guidance to the course leader on how to implement and customize the course and specific guidelines on each learning activity. Top 5 e-Learning books for beginners Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch fo.

Thank you voters! Epignosis eFront LMS Won the Best of ELearning! Award

eFront

Media Group Awarded Epignosis for Best Open Source Solution. Award for Best Open Source Solution, and an Award of Excellence for Best Learning Management System (SaaS, Open-Source, or Content Supplier) at the annual Enterprise Learning! ELearning!

Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List

Talented Learning

For smart vendors, a blog is not another way to manipulate you with product marketing messages or achieve keyword dominance in search engines. Administrate CEO John Peebles explores the factors that determine the success or failure of custom solutions and off-the-shelf software.

The LMS Customization Trap: Why eThink Recommends Configuration Instead

eThink Education

It is an age-old question in the software industry… Do you need a heavily customized Learning Management System (LMS) that reflects your ideal business process flow, or are you better off adapting to an out-of-the-box product that meets most of your needs? The Open Source Factor.

Kineo Insights Webinar: Kronos Moodle Case Study

Learning Visions

Today as part of the Kineo Insights webinar series – a conversation on open source. The following are my notes from Part 2 of the webinar: Our Journey: Harnessing Moodle to Deliver Customer Training Kronos – Scott Severn and Lynn Bennett – manage the customer training team for Kronos. Kronos delivers products and services to customers managing workforce. Scott and Lynn are with customer services group and deliver training to customers – through Moodle.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

eLearning 24-7

LMS Products of the Year 2010. A lot of great products out there this year, new updates and latest versions; new companies, new services and just some real innovation. Open Source Systems – That have to be 100% free to be considered. If you are seeking TM as your focus and you want one of the big dogs – I found Plateau’s system to offer appropriate functionality for it, but found some real concern in other areas (see my product review).

Custom Learning Experiences: Next Commercial Training Trend?

Talented Learning

Customer-focused organizations everywhere are making “ learning experience ” a top priority and for commercial training companies, and it has become a mission-critical requirement. Want to learn more about Custom Learning Experiences? Trending: Open Source/Custom Models.

eFront 3.6.12 just released

eFront

This maintenance update includes important speed optimizations, full text-search for documents for our enterprise clients, a module to bootstrap modules production, a new sleek modern theme, dozens upon dozens of minor bug fixes, and several tweaks to make your favorite tool even more enjoyable!

Vote for The Best of ELearning 2011 Awards

eFront

Each year the Elearning Magazine allows professionals involved in the eLearning industry to nominate eLearning products and services. In its 7th year, the balloting period is open and you can vote your favorite eLearning product or service in 26 different categories.

Uniquely Yours: eFrontPro Customization Options

eFront

Whether it’s a new home, a new laptop, or a new Talent Development portal, it’s only human to want to make it yours with your own customizations. to customers that need to go beyond what’s already available in the platform for everybody. Basic customization options in eFrontPro.

The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

Why do companies continue to pay huge dollars for products that are now being offered for free? I’m a recent convert, perhaps on the path to open source evangelism.) Because it’s open source, there are no licensing costs. Moodle and other open source products have huge communities behind them. Talented individuals who can program like hell and believe in the open source philosophy. I think the time for open source is now.

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Product Review: Totara

eLearning 24-7

Blog – This was on the trial and for a nice product like this – it should be removed for the trial. While that makes sense, what hurts the product is the overkill of information. Custom Themes. The A/V is Clam (open source) but still solid. .

Think Like a Start-Up, Act Like a Product Manager

CLO Magazine

In a typical start-up company (such as a modern software company), product managers direct the development of products. They are not programmers themselves, nor do they build or operate the product. Their job is to ensure an optimal product experience from start to finish.

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

eLearning 24-7

Under this mobile learning misrepresentation, I can tell you that nearly every system out there – can make this argument – because if you can open up Safari and go to the vendor’s web site and then into your SaaS based LMS – then guess what? 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.

Readymade vs Custom eLearning development- Which one is better?

Pinlearn

However, this idea also puts the eLearning entrepreneurs in a dilemma – “whether to buy a ready-made eLearning software or custom eLearning development?”. What is a custom eLearning software? A custom eLearning solution is developed from scratch as per personalized goals and requirements of an entrepreneur or anyone who wants to implement eLearning for business, training, customer education or blended learning.

Best of Learning Tech 2019: Moodle Workplace, Certified Partner in the UK & New Product Offerings

eThink Education

During Europe’s largest showcase for workplace learning and the technology used to support it, our team continued to observe the growing trend of companies looking for a flexible and open learning platform to support their eLearning initiatives. The Trend Toward Open Source.

SaaS vs custom eLearning solution: How to Start an Online Tutoring Business?

mysimpleshow

The e-learning has become a prominent source of education, and the progress of technology is embracing the people with advancements in the learning mediums. So, the commission based channel is the only revenue generation source ion these online platforms. What are you really good at?

Encore – Moodle: Pros, Challenges

eLearning 24-7

People have asked me about Moodle and the benefits or cons regarding the product. I want to make something very clear – Moodle and other open source LMSs, Learning Portals, CMSs, etc. You must customize. You can either have all open, which many companies do not want, or are stuck with course keys and other additional non-necessary steps. Customization. Moodle and some other open source LMS/LCMS solutions are not really “out of the box” solutions.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar

Learning Visions

Monday, July 13, 2009 Kineo Product Knowledge E-Learning Webinar Kineo will be holding a free webinar on creating effective product knowledge e-learning on July 16th, 2009. Product knowledge training creates major challenge for organizations, including: Keeping content up to date: products change rapidly. Keeping it short and focused: sales people who need product knowledge information work in challenging, fast paced and often noisy retail environments.

Product Review: GeoLearning GeoMaestro

eLearning 24-7

Training & Customer Support. An API can tie back into the administration side of things, still providing you with the data needed, so if you want to go with an open source API it can be done. There are better ones out there (and you can use them with GeoMaestro), that understand that not everyone is an instructional designer or has those skill sets to really utilize the product.

A few of my favorite things

Web Tools for Learners

Like most people who develop and manage training for a living, especially at small to medium sized companies and non profits, I have learned to do a lot of work using free and open source software tools. Audacity - open source audio creation and mp3 coding. Bitnami - download custom server stacks to manage your open source application. Pandora - listen to custom tunes while developing stuff. Tiddly Spot - personal productivity wiki.

Comparison of SaaS vs Custom Solution of e learning platform[Infographics]

Pinlearn

For example, if a user wishes for maintenance and customized LMS solutions. The payment will depend on what type of customization user wants and how much time and resources it will take the vendors to implement it. As SaaS learning platforms are pre-built, there is very limited scope for customization. Moreover, you don’t get the source code, so you cannot even hire a third-party developer to do the customization. You can customize the UI to look better.