Open-Source LMS Myths Debunked

eThink Education

Learning Management Systems are either built using open-source technology, closed-source technology, or a hybrid mix of both. Open-source software contains freely available code that can be redistributed or modified. Myth: #1: Open-Source Platforms Lack Security.

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. Moodle has been able to sustain itself and keep evolving through its community, resulting in its emergence as a good option for anyone wanting to use an LMS. 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? General Open Source LMS support.

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Podcast 31: Inside Open Source Learning Systems – With eThink CEO Brian Carlson

Talented Learning

For example, today we welcome a leader in the open source learning community, Brian Carlson , Co-Founder and CEO of eThink Education. Join us as we discuss the latest developments in open source learning systems. Open source learning systems are widely used.

2010 LMS Products of the Year

eLearning 24-7

Open Source Systems – That have to be 100% free to be considered. Emerging Technology (Innovative) – Systems that incorporates innovative features or components ahead of the curve; and it works – clearly the key here. 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.

Learning Technology Blogs: An Analyst’s Reading List

Talented Learning

Are any LMS vendors on that list? If you’ve been ignoring LMS vendor blogs, it’s time to take a closer look. I’m not an LMS vendor. For smart vendors, a blog is not another way to manipulate you with product marketing messages or achieve keyword dominance in search engines. LMS vendors offer a goldmine of thought-provoking guidance, if you’re willing to look for it. 10 Common Myths About Open Source. 75 LMS Vendor Profiles.

Encore – Moodle: Pros, Challenges

eLearning 24-7

The new article on a side note: focuses on emerging technology, but with a twist – something vendors in any e-learning space should be doing or exploring, but have not yet. I want to make something very clear – Moodle and other open source LMSs, Learning Portals, CMSs, etc. You can either have all open, which many companies do not want, or are stuck with course keys and other additional non-necessary steps.

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. And as vendors focus more heavily on gaining market share dominance, buyers should prepare for further M&A confusion, uncertainty and disruption.

Evolving the E-Learning Experience for the 21st Century

eLearning 24-7

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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The Revolution is Coming: Consumer Tablets and E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

E-Learning and all forms within are normally taken via your desktop computer and either hitting your company’s server with your browser or going to a hosted LMS vendor’s solution. If you wanted to work on creating content, for many people, the route would be and still is creating courses via a desktop based rapid e-learning authoring tool, or via your LMS/LCMS vendor’s tool (hosted or not) or via Dreamweaver or some other type of solution. Open Peak.

5 E-Learning Forecasts for 2012

eLearning 24-7

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. If emerging technology has taught us anything, it is only a matter of time until it bounces into our space. Augmented reality opens those doors.

Social Media and Social Learning – Where R We now?

eLearning 24-7

not working for a vendor). Vendors: People who work for a vendor (i.e. That there are people out there including vendors who are not on the social media scene. I wonder how many of these vendors offer a micro-blogging like product in their product? Umm, I wonder – how many vendors have a Facebook page and are actively posting on it? I know of only one LMS vendor Absorb that is on FourSquare. Vendor Section. Consumers & Vendors.

HTML5 – Let the Games Begin!

eLearning 24-7

Every month, I will providing an emerging technology that I believe will be a game changer in the e-learning industry. Open Source not Proprietary like Flash. Open Source Players – as in you just want the player and that’s it:FREE – can’t guarantee how great they are.beta and on-going. Tags: HTML5 LMS Uncategorized authoring tools e-learning e-learning vendors elearning m-learning social learning emerging technology

HTML5 – Let the Games Begin!

eLearning 24-7

Every month, I will providing an emerging technology that I believe will be a game changer in the e-learning industry. Open Source not Proprietary like Flash. Open Source Players – as in you just want the player and that’s it:FREE – can’t guarantee how great they are.beta and on-going. Tags: HTML5 LMS Uncategorized authoring tools e-learning e-learning vendors elearning m-learning social learning emerging technology

What’s hurting the LMS market

eLearning 24-7

Make no mistake, there are plenty of vendors out there who believe in the concept of focusing on features and forgetting about usability, under the guise that people would rather have lots of cool blinky things rather than usability. I see it a lot, especially with social learning and the wonderment of some vendors of adding a “discussion forum and text chat room&# as part of their solution. There are a plethora of vendors out there, with blinders on. .

Top 10 LMS/LCMS Trends and Forecasts

eLearning 24-7

The trends apply to both LMS/LCMS vendors. Extended Enterprise - Vendors are expanding into the wholesaler/reseller/affiliates/sales agent sector with their solutions. The note of interest is that it is occurring with all size of vendors, albeit the charge is being led by mid size vendors. Not all of the big dog vendors have entered this space, despite it being a huge revenue opportunity. and European vendors interestingly enough, do not follow suit.

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LMS – All You Ever Wanted To Know

Upside Learning

Is Open Source The Way Ahead? While you are evaluating different LMS systems, one thing you need to be clear of is that open source is never cheap, leave alone free. The thumb rule goes that – for any open source LMS only the license cost is zero. So this leads us to the question – what is the real cost of a free (open source) LMS ?

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E-Learning Early Indicators

eLearning 24-7

Vendors were saying, lets “wait on those&# or “our customers are not requesting them, so we are holding off&#. Emerging Technology? 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 continuing and growing market, more vendors.

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August Topic: Learning Management Systems

Bottom-Line Performance

The 2007 eLearning Guild Annual Report on learning management systems found that nearly 30% of survey respondents plan to upgrade their LMS and around 11% plan to abandon their current LMS and move to a different vendor. It’s open source software, which means it’s free and allows for personal customization. Tags: Learning Research emerging trends and technologies learning design project management of learning solutions e-learning LMS Moodle

Product Review: GeoLearning GeoMaestro

eLearning 24-7

It is truly amazing on how vendors seem to think lots of stuff on the page, is the way to go and navigation is just a requirement. If you choose not to use the WebEx solution, you can use another via an API or another vendor, but for the latter it is a link to the web conferencing solution (common practice in the industry, if you do not use their preferred conferencing solution). Why vendors still think this is not needed or used, makes no sense.

Social Media and Social Learning – Where R We now?

eLearning 24-7

not working for a vendor). Vendors: People who work for a vendor (i.e. That there are people out there including vendors who are not on the social media scene. I wonder how many of these vendors offer a micro-blogging like product in their product? Umm, I wonder – how many vendors have a Facebook page and are actively posting on it? I know of only one LMS vendor Absorb that is on FourSquare. Vendor Section. Consumers & Vendors.

With Gratitude…

MakingBetter

We dealt with emergencies and surprise medical concerns. Our business boomed and so did that of many software vendors who create solutions that are tailored to meet some of the many things people use xAPI for. These are measureable outcomes of an open source community that has been lovingly and painstakingly attended by the US Department of Defense and its particular initiative, Advanced Distributed Learning. This is why open source was so crucial a path for xAPI.

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

eLearning 24-7

Open Source Product of the Year (i.e. Sure, other vendors will say you can do that too, but you have to open each object file to get it. Clever and logical features, especially when it comes to emerging technology with e-learning. Many vendors hyping PowerPoint to Flash angle as key feature. 57% offer a trial at various length, this is significantly higher than any other e-learning tool with over 40 vendors in the market.

E-Learning Innovative Products – They are Out There

eLearning 24-7

Innovators and Risk Takers – emerging technology integrated, new ideas, pushing the envelope in what is possible in e-learning/social learning/m-learning, coming up with something that has never been done before – risk takers. When they hit stride, other vendors take notice and soon, the lemming revolution begins. Nor, a LMS vendor who enable their customers to sell their courses, but only people who have the same LMS vendor can buy and use them.

Custom Learning Experiences: Next Commercial Training Trend?

Talented Learning

But once in awhile a trend emerges that is bigger and faster than we thought possible. Technology and vendors are constantly changing, so each new buying cycle involves a steep learning curve. Yet many LMS vendors who serve other market segments say they are also a strong choice for commercial training because they offer a shopping cart and checkout functionality. Some LMS vendors are now attempting to catch-up by integrating these capabilities into their platform.

5 Reasons Why Associations and Training Companies Should Use an eLearning Platform

eThink Education

These events are often a main source of revenue for many associations who use them to provide exclusive education, networking, and growth opportunities for members. For example, one LMS may integrate better with your content source(s) than others.

How Does LMS Selection Work? This Case Reveals All

Talented Learning

Through practical, front-line experience, we’ve identified the information and steps that are most effective in defining requirements and formulating a short list of highly qualified vendors for any type of learning management scenario. The association decided to replace its inadequate open-source learning solution with a modern association-oriented LMS. We worked with the buyer to define requirements and identify four strong vendor matches.

Content Models and Mobile Delivery

Clark Quinn

He presented powerful arguments to use this open source topic-based approach. For one, being open source, you’re not locked in to a proprietary format, yet backed by IBM it’s well supported. And, of course, it’s portable across systems, meaning your solution doesn’t die even if your vendor does! Done properly, the if you update the source one place, the changes should propagate throughout the relevant content!

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Is Your LMS License Model Misaligned? How to Avoid Costly Mistakes

Talented Learning

These buying organizations are working with us as LMS selection consultants to define their learning technology requirements, identify the best vendor options and then conduct a formal proposal-based buying process. In each case, we asked vendors for pricing tailored to the client’s unique usage patterns. There are more than 700 LMS vendors today, yet there is no standard usage-based LMS license model. It starts when you misunderstand a vendor’s pricing strategy.

On The Road Again…to EDUCAUSE, Online Learning Summit, I4PL, and DevLearn 2019

eThink Education

During these conversations and on-site demonstrations at the eThink booth, we find that many attendees are impressed with the flexibility of open-source LMS tools. Explore more about how you can leverage an open-source Learning Management System in order to future-proof your training and education programs in Future-Proof Your Training Program with Open Source.

UK Government G-Cloud 11 & eThink Education: Improving the Digital Marketplace for Cloud-Based eLearning Services

eThink Education

With new technologies, strategies, and learner styles continuing to emerge in the Learning & Development (L&D) space, learning professionals in all sectors, including the public sector, are faced with new challenges around how to best support training throughout the employee lifecycle and more ambitious learning and business goals overall, often while under budget constraints and less time to prove visible worth. . The Solution: G-Cloud Approved Open-Source eLearning.

In Pursuit of The RIGHT Learning Management System (LMS) for Today’s Workplaces

Learnnovators

However, in this time where there are hundreds of LMS products available in the market, with more emerging every year, choosing the right learning management (LMS) becomes a crucial but daunting task. The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry : This post by Bersin discusses details the history of LMSs, the evolution, and the emerging trends. Does the LMS of the Future Need to Be Mobile, Social and Open-Source?

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On The Road Again…to EDUCAUSE, Online Learning Summit, I4PL, and DevLearn 2019

eThink Education

During these conversations and on-site demonstrations at the eThink booth, we find that many attendees are impressed with the flexibility of open-source LMS tools. Explore more about how you can leverage an open-source Learning Management System in order to future-proof your training and education programs in Future-Proof Your Training Program with Open Source.

IN PURSUIT OF THE RIGHT LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (LMS) FOR TODAY’S WORKPLACES

Learnnovators

However, in this time where there are hundreds of LMS products available in the market, with more emerging every year, choosing the right learning management (LMS) becomes a crucial but daunting task. The Ever Changing State of the Learning Technology Industry : This post by Bersin discusses details the history of LMSs, the evolution, and the emerging trends. Does the LMS of the Future Need to Be Mobile, Social and Open-Source?

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Top 50 LMS Mid Rankings Report – What you need to know

eLearning 24-7

Changes have been made from the previous report, including vendors who are now out and new ones that are now “in” . Q: What is the criteria for vendors being listed in the report? The 10% – Cool features that do not fit in any of the below sections, for example, a couple of vendors have a built-in CRM, that’s cool, another two supported Office 365 – very nice. App store – You have one.you get points — a few vendors do.

Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT SAHANA CHATTOPADHYAY (Social Learning & Collaboration Strategist, Performance Consultant Exploring Emergent Learning, Blogger). It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. The nature of employees is also undergoing a deep change – from permanent employees to freelancers, contractors, vendors, consultants, and everything in-between.

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GEOFF STEAD – CRYSTAL BALLING WITH LEARNNOVATORS

Learnnovators

ABOUT GEOFF STEAD (Head of Mobile Learning, Qualcomm): Geoff Stead and his team at Qualcomm use emerging mobile technologies to explore, innovate and champion how they should be used to enhance learning, and working. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. We also worked with vendors to license and list their apps for all our staff.

Geoff Stead – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT GEOFF STEAD (Head of Mobile Learning, Qualcomm): Geoff Stead and his team at Qualcomm use emerging mobile technologies to explore, innovate and champion how they should be used to enhance learning, and working. It comprises stimulating discussions with industry experts and product evangelists on emerging trends in the learning landscape. We also worked with vendors to license and list their apps for all our staff.

Standard Options Apply

MakingBetter

This post is for vendors, developers and implementers of the Experience API and for anyone who may one day create something with xAPI. I’m going to ask you as vendors, entrepreneurs, developers, designers from all around the world to provide me with your counsel as I ultimately must direct the effort. I want to encourage it by keeping it as open as we can AND by making it possible for the best approaches, not just the best spin, to find adoption.

AI and Learning Systems: Is This Combo as Great and Powerful as it Seems?

Talented Learning

But first, lets look at what other sources say… AI Trends In Business. Gartner: 5 Emerging Tech Trends. According to Gartner’s most recent Emerging Technology Hype Cycle , 5 key trends are blurring the lines between humans and machines. That means AI will be everywhere, thanks to enabling technologies like cloud computing, the open source software movement, AI Platforms-as-a-Service, conversational AI, virtual assistants and more.

Top 10 eLearning Predictions 2011 #LCBQ

Tony Karrer

Open Educational Resources Matures 4. open up exciting opportunities for people to access relevant information where and when they require it. The availability of cost-effective resources to facilitate wide collaboration (including open source software that enables wikis, discussion groups, chat and even web conferencing) presents the chance for organizations to reconsider the effectiveness of the performance support being offered to their people.