Is Open Source Ready for Extended Enterprise Learning?

Talented Learning

Open source software is a great example. 10 years ago we would occasionally cross paths with corporate LMS buyers who were evaluating commercial systems side-by-side with open source platforms. But we were trained to believe that if any corporation expressed interest in an open source LMS , the buyer was probably uninformed, unserious, seeking a cheap fix or some combination of those. Is open source right for every extended enterprise application?

Open Source is Not Cheap, Leave Alone Free

Upside Learning

We’ve known this all along that Open Source is never cheap, leave alone free. The reason they say – it’s free or at best, comes at a low cost. In an attempt to advise our clients to choose an Open Source LMS after doing proper home-work, we have written these articles: The Real Cost of Free (Open Source) LMS. The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS.

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The 5 Best Open Source Learning Management Systems

Your Training Edge

With an open source Learning Management System (LMS), you can customize your experience and programs based on your business goals and department directives, allowing different groups of employees to access hundreds of learning modules. Based on pricing models, customer types, special features, and support, here is our list of the 5 best open source learning management systems. You can create fully online and hybrid courses, and it offers an open source license.

Best Open Source MOOC Platforms for Businesses

Pinlearn

MOOC stands for Massive Open Online Courses. Before delving into the details of best open-source eLearning software and MOOC platforms, let me mention a few stats that would help you have a chuckle: To launch edX, Harvard and MIT invested a whopping $60 million. Many people perceive them as open source eLearning software , but the concept remains the same despite changing and swinging the meaning. Low cost. What is the MOOC platform?

Why You Should Choose an Open Source eLearning Platform?

Pinlearn

However, here, I am aiming to drive a little deeper and explain why you should choose an open-source eLearning software for your company. In short, we will see how an open-source eLearning platform can make thing easier and implement cutting-edge training and development programs in an organization. What is an open-source learning management system? To understand open source eLearning software, let’s take the example of Android.

What are some free, open source, or low-cost authoring tools to create e-learning modules?

QuoDeck

When you think of creating eLearning, you are thinking of SCORM modules or a full platform. If you are thinking of Scorm creation, I would recommend building on PowerPoint and using an add-in to convert to basic SCORM. If you can afford it though, Articulate and Captivate are spectacular for authoring. As an alternative, I would also like to invite you to try QuoDeck to create a mobile learning platform.

Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning Projects to Watch for 2012

eFront

This is why I created the following list with the Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning projects for 2012 that will help you implement a low cost eLearning solutions => Please leave a comment if you would like me to include another Free or Open Source eLearning project that needs to be mentioned! eFront - an open source LMS A 2.0 Best Open Source Solution.

Open Source LMS

Tony Karrer

I had previously written about Low Cost LMS and Rapid Learning Management Systems , but I receive an inquiry from someone who had a very constrained budget and wanted to build an eLearning Portal. Because of their very limited budget, I suggested they dive into more depth looking at open source LMS products. To help get that started, I looked at eLearning Learning and found some pretty good sources around LMS / Open Source and Learning Management System / Open Source.

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

eFront

News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 10/31/2010 Free and Open Source Web Conferencing (Online Meetings, Webinars) Tools for e-Learning I received several emails, message on Twitter, and InMails on LinkedIn concerning the Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning and the Free Stock Photos Sites for e-Learning posts. Elluminate is a really nice tool but not open source.

Low Cost LMS - Help Needed

Tony Karrer

I received an inquiry about the need for a low cost LMS solution and I've not had time to help this person with answers. I have not had much luck with open source LMS programs, mainly because of technical limitations on our part. Also, my guess is that looking at License costs is probably a bad idea here since quite often there are services, hosting, etc. costs that can exceed license costs.

Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning

eFront

News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/16/2011 Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning Open source software can be used as we wish, without long-term commitments and with a community of professionals that extend and support them. So, let see the list of the free and open source text-to-speech tools for e-Learning. =>

Another Stake in Ground for Blackboard: Two New Investments in the Open-source E-learning Market

Janet Clarey

Blackboard’s statement of principles about open source says it is. committed to supporting the growth, development and use of open source technologies in education worldwide.”. expects to make significant contributions to the community to help ensure that open source options remain strong, reliable and sustainable for all.” . To that end, Blackboard has launched a new business called Blackboard Education Open Source Services – a good thing, right?

Why you should embrace open source

Jay Cross's Informal Learning

Innovation Happens Elsewhere: Open Source as Business Strategy by Ron Goldman and Richard Gabriel. The reasons to engage with open source include the following: * Getting high-quality, free software and software design and development help. Making your software ubiquitous through participation and low cost. Building a brand through ubiquity and positioning vis-à-vis the open-source community. Reducing support costs.

Top 5 e-Learning books for beginners

eFront

News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/10/2011 Top 5 e-Learning books for beginners The most of you already know that I am a great fun of open source software and free e-Learning resources: 14 Free and Open Source Authoring Tools 8 Free and Open Source Web Conferencing Tools 31 Free e-Learning Books However, sometimes it worth to spend money especially if you are a beginner.

Free e-Learning books

eFront

News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 11/14/2010 Free e-Learning books Since I am a great fun of open source software ( Open Source Authoring Tools for e-Learning , Free and Open Source Web Conferencing Tools for e-Learning ) and active member of online communities I created the following list with free e-Learning books. =>

Be an HR Superstar: Secrets to Effective Workplace Learning

eThink Education

Open Source vs. Closed Source Technology. Within the eLearning market, t here are both open-source and closed-source LMS solutions. Open-source products are relatively low-cost or free , the original code is given freely, and they may be modified and redistributed at pleasure. Close d -source products are proprietary software. Open source also gives you the most up-to-date and secure system possible.

Moodle Pros and Cons Update

eLearning Blender

Click Here to Contribute to the list of Moodle Pros and Cons Moodle Benefits Moodle Drawbacks Open Source - Free to download and lots of great plugins to customize to your needs. - You can "open" your Moodle, but most installations require registration, and even more courses require course passwords (enrolment keys) - Joseph Thibault ( MM - GC ) Actually, it is possible to set up a Moodle site so that anyone can read without registering and without login.

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

A ‘low-cost’ LMS starts at an average of $58K. That’s the low price. 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.

Moodle Pros and Cons

eLearning Blender

Moodle Benefits Moodle Drawbacks Open Source - Free to download Reporting - There is no simple way to run a site wide report with users grades in multiple courses. Tags: Moodle LMS eLearning Low Cost eLearning Making the decision to go with Moodle over other Learning Management Systems can be a very difficult decision, especially when you don't have the experience to know the benefits and drawbacks of Moodle.

8 Popular Features of Moodle LMS for Corporate Training You Should Know

Hurix Digital

Developed in 2002 by Martin Dougiamas, Moodle (Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) LMS is today the world’s most popular and most used learning management system , primarily because it is flexible, open source, and free to download. Creating online-learning communities: As a platform, the LMS for corporate training allows educators to create cost-effective and collaborative online communities and scale up to accommodate a larger user base.

The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

A ‘low-cost’ LMS starts at an average of $58K. That’s the low price. 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. But the beauty of open source is you can customize it.

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Moodle Frustrations

eLearning Blender

So, how do you overcome the support hurdles that may come along with an open source solution such as Moodle? I referred the Teacher to Moodle.com for outsourced support but I wasn't able to give him any kind of cost estimate. I am seriously considering bringing on Moodle as our company's first LMS but I am a little nervous about setup and support.

Instructional Design Portfolio Resources

Experiencing eLearning

Open source and additional tools. If you want to use open source tools, check out Adapt and H5P. Free and Low Cost Hosting Options. Mike Taylor lists several free or low-cost options for hosting in this post (although a few, like Dropbox, are no longer options. It won’t cost you anything additional, but a small portion of the purchase price comes to me to help pay for hosting my blog.

Why the Real Cost of Your Learning Management System is Higher Than You Think

Absorb LMS

Nothing serious, and these were tasks I could take on myself so the costs would be minimal. I learned an important lesson from owning that home: Low cost of purchase. Low cost of maintenance. Low level of effort. Or, instead of tackling these repairs myself, I could have hired a contractor, freeing up my leisure time, but the maintenance costs would have risen significantly. Calculating the Total Cost of a Learning Management System.

Why the Real Cost of Your Learning Management System is Probably Higher Than You Think

Absorb LMS

Nothing serious, and these were tasks I could take on myself so the costs would be minimal. I learned an important lesson from owning that home: Low cost of purchase Low cost of maintenance Low level of effort It’s pretty hard to get all three. Or, instead of tackling these repairs myself, I could have hired a contractor, freeing up my leisure time, but the maintenance costs would have risen significantly.

Elearning applications

eFront

News from the e-learning frontier Pages Home About Community Free e-Learning Resources Contribute to the e-Learning Community 1/02/2011 Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch for 2011 2011 is the e-Learning year! This is why I created the following list with the Top 10 open source e-Learning projects for 2011 that will help you implement a low cost e-Learning solution.

eLearning: How to Pick an LMS

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

When pricing an LMS, keep in mind that the number of users who will access the LMS will likely affect your licensing costs. Permissions, level of maintenance, and ability to make changes on-the-fly can all affect the cost of LMS implementation and the staff resources required to administer online learning courses. Many of the best LMSs provide free trial periods and open contracts to allow you to confirm that they work as advertised without locking you into heavy service fees.

How to Use Selenium to Automate Flash and AngularJS Based UI

Hurix Digital

Advantages of Sikuli over other tools used for Flash automation are: Open source tool. Used Sikuli (an open source automation tool) and integrated it with Selenium. As Sikuli, a free tool was used to support the automation process, we could complete the automation at a low cost. We successfully automated Flash and AngularJS with the help of the in-house testing team, in a cost-effective and efficient manner. Overview.

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Custom LMS Anymore?

Tony Karrer

Is it a good idea to start with an open source LMS ? Are there any open source LMS on those technologies? I’ve seen it numerous times, but I feel like some of the low cost LMS or rapid LMS solutions would make more sense? Happy new year. I took some time off from blogging over the holidays. I’m just now getting back into the swing of things.

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Have you outgrown your MoodleCloud?

eThink Education

As an open-source Learning Management System (LMS), Moodle offers multiple hosting options to help institutions and organizations successfully manage their platform. One way many users get started with Moodle is by using the free or low-cost hosting service provided at MoodleCloud.com.

Free Storyboard Templates for e-Learning

eFront

How To Design Custom PowerPoint Templates for E-Learning (Plus 8 Free Templates) DigiTale s by Bernajean Porter Storyboard Templates and Resources by MinuteBio Really Fast Storyboarding for E-Learning Projects by Dr. Thomas Welsh ( MSWORD document containing storyboard ) Open Source Software for Storyboarding Celtx is an open source software that you can download and use it for free.

LMS Pricing Models in India: Selecting the Best LMS which Fulfills your Learning Needs

PSB

Self hosted LMS is accompanied by certain expenditures, which include: Infrastructure – This is an ongoing cost as equipment will have to be repaired and also replaced, if required. IT support and setup costs – Setting up an IT system will incur considerable costs. It generally includes a set up cost and a monthly, quarterly, or annual consumption-based fee. Costs are incurred on the basis of how much the software is used.

SCORM Cloud- Will It Really Change The Game?

Upside Learning

Given that the integration is currently only available for open source LMS systems and all of them are already SCORM compliant (though may have a few bugs) it’s not clear how will it help. Low cost of SCORM player. In addition to my comments on point 2, if you are using the SCORM Cloud with your LMS which doesn’t have SCORM capability I am guessing that along with the pricing (based on registrations) there would be cost of integrating your LMS with the SCORM Cloud.

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e-Learning Glossaries

eFront

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Best Ways to Deliver Online Learning Courses to Employees

Hurix Digital

Creating Online-Learning Communities : The LMS allows educators to create cost-effective and collaborative online communities and scale up to accommodate a larger user base. Open Source : While there are several LMS packages available, it is a good idea to choose a Moodle-based LMS, which is an open source LMS, implying that it can be freely downloaded and distributed.