Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. Probably one of the better sources on this is Jane Hart’s Instructional Tools Directory. In addition, she indicates if they are free or cost money – which is not quite the same thing as open source. Beyond that, probably the best thing to do is to use eLearning Learning to go through it’s open source eLearning and open source eLearning Tools.

Open Source LMSs Facts and Insight

eLearning 24-7

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.

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Why Governments want Open Source Software

Lambda Solutions

A recent report co-published by Zimbra and the Ponemon Institute, The Open Source Collaboration Study: Viewpoints on Security and Privacy in the US and EMEA , confirmed the changing perceptions of open source software. Once thought to be risky for security and privacy concerns—the study uncovers the fact that open source software is now viewed to be of higher quality due to enhanced privacy and security.

Yet Analytics announces new Open Source LRS

Yet Analytics

licensed open source SQL LRS. After a lot of deliberation and thinking about what could really have the most impact on the community of xAPI stakeholders, our team decided that we would open source that SQL LRS. licensed open source.

Open Source Does Not Mean Free. Moodle Anyone?

Upside Learning

Learning Management Cost Of Open Source LMS Free (Open Source) LMS Open Source Does Not Mean Free Open Source is Not Cheap open source LMS I constantly come across clients who seem to be very impressed by the free tag that Moodle comes with. It is both disappointing and funny at the same time.

Mythbusters: Open Source Software Edition

Lambda Solutions

Open source software is used by some of the world’s top organizations, like McDonalds, the US Department of Defense, and Google. You don’t have to look hard to find out why, as the benefits of open source software are endless. Open Source learning management systems cost less, they are highly flexible and they are more secure. Despite these positive features, there seems to be some common misconceptions surrounding open source technology.

New Open Source Resources from Yet Analytics

Yet Analytics

Colossal Squuid Our team here at Yet Analytics regularly works on open source projects and today we’re releasing something new. Is a new Open Source LRS in the works? Meanwhile, be sure to check out some of our other open source projects. Open Source

7 Open-Source Tools You Can Use To Boost Digital Learning

Dan Keckan

Open-source tools give educators and students around the globe the freedom to teach and learn without restrictions. Let's explore how open-source software can help you deliver better results.

Why Top Organizations are Choosing Open Source LMS?

Lambda Solutions

Depending on which side of the fence you fall on, you are either in favor of open source learning management systems (LMS) or not. Being in the open source business for over 12 years now we have come to understand that it is a pretty polarized debate. There are some though, that wisely sit in […] The post Why Top Organizations are Choosing Open Source LMS? Learning Management System Open Source

New Open Source Capabilities for the Total Learning Architecture

Yet Analytics

Our team has been working hard to get new open source capabilities out to the xAPI community before year’s end. You can think of a Noisy LRS as being responsible for capturing any and all of the xAPI emitted by a data source. open source Learning Record Store.

Open Source LMS: The Free LMS that isn’t Free!

Paradiso

Some smart techies in your organization might have suggested going for an Open Source LMS. Open source what.? Free LMS… Praise the Lord for the ‘ Open Source LMS ’. An open source LMS is free because you don’t have to pay a fee to own its code. That justifies the name ‘open source’. We are going to rain on your parade a little by giving you a deeper insight into your potential use of the open source LMS.

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. 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. Learning Management Open Source is Not Cheap open source LMS Selecting Open Source LMS

Looking Beyond an Open Source LMS to Deploy your Training Content

Origin Fractal LXP

Are you looking to migrate to a new LMS from your existing open source LMS? In this blog post, we will touch upon the following topics: About open source LMS and proprietary learning delivery platforms. Open Source LMSs .

Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source?

Challenge to Learn

Moodlerooms and Netspot are official Moodle partners and will together generate well over 50% of the total partner revenue of Moodle (which is by far their largest source of revenue). Blackboard has taken an interest in open source since a few years, but they where focusing on Sakai (another open source LMS). Two news items about the takeover and the following creation of the ‘open source service group’ The third one is Sakai.

The Costs Associated with an Open Source LMS - Part 2

Lambda Solutions

Last week we published an article on the Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS - we covered services and extended features, including LMS Support, LMS Training, Setup & Configuration, Ongoing Support, LMS Reporting, and LMS Theming. Open source open source LMS online education costs

The Costs Associated with an Open Source LMS

Lambda Solutions

Open source open source LMS online education costsThe iceberg analogy is one we use often when discussing implementations. Buyers spend a great deal of time looking for the LMS features that they want, but rarely stop to think about the aspects under the surface - like training, or support. These “hidden” aspects are important to consider, and to know upfront when assessing a potential LMS, because they give you an understanding of where your money is going.

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? Thumb rule – For any open source LMS only the license cost is zero. Go to a vendor who offers managed hosting services on the open source LMS without a rebranding.

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.

Future Of Flash Is Open Source

Upside Learning

Adobe, recently announced moving their open-source development to Sourceforge. Looks like a desire to speed up their open-source development around the Flash platform. The new portal called Open@Adobe will hold Adobe’s open source projects in coming days. We advocate the need of openness at Adobe especially for their Flash runtimes. Although Adobe has a range of open-source projects they haven’t yet fully “opened” both the Flash runtimes.

Is Free Worth The Cost? 6 Pitfalls Of Using An Open Source LMS Vs. Paid Solutions

Dan Keckan

In this article I explore the pitfalls of using an open source LMS versus paid eLearning solutions. Learning Management Systems Learning Management System Pricing LMS Features LMS Selection Open Source LMS User-Friendly LMSThey say there’s no such thing as free lunch.

Considering An Open Source LMS? 5 Questions To Determine If Your IT Team Is Up To The Task

Dan Keckan

Open-source LMS is considered a viable choice when you have a limited software budget. Learning Management Systems eLearning Budget LMS Features Open Source LMSBut (lack of) cash aside, how can you tell it’s the right fit for your organization?

Why Is Gyrus Systems The Best Open-Source Training Management System?

Gyrus

Open-source training management system is the need of every professional space to survive and sustain in a competitive environment. Learn how Gyrus Systems delivers it efficiently to its clients

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. What is the MOOC platform?

Moodle or Totara—Which is the best open source LMS?

Lambda Solutions

- 7 MIN READ -. Totara Learn Moodle

Calculating the ROI for an LMS: Open Source vs. Proprietary

Lambda Solutions

Open Source vs. Proprietary Learning Management Systems. We're looking at the key cost differences between closed or proprietary solutions, and open source solutions such as Moodle or Totara LMS. ROI Open source online training Learning Management System Totara Lambda Solutions Moodle 2.5 Moodle

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.

Yet Analytics releases new open source development capabilities for xAPI Profile validation

Yet Analytics

xAPI Profile Validation Yet Analytics has released two new open source libraries for xAPI Profile validation. We invite open source contribution in this area. Open Source xAPI xAPI Profiles

The High Cost Of Free: 6 Unexpected Drawbacks Of An Open Source LMS

Dan Keckan

But what’s the real implication of using open source software for your organization? In this article, I explore the unexpected drawbacks of an open source LMS and whether it’s really in your price range.

Yet Analytics releases SQL LRS, a new Open Source xAPI Learning Record Store

Yet Analytics

BALTIMORE, MD — Yet Analytics has announced the public release of its new open source Learning Record Store. Yet’s new SQL LRS was designed to be the most easily deployed open source offering in the space. “We SQL LRS is open source and is distributed under the Apache 2.0

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 ? Tune in now as I explore this topic with Lars Hyland , Chief Learning Officer of Totara Learning , a market-leading open source LMS pioneer. This has set the stage for open source LMS adoption. .

Moodle Open Source Learning For Better Understanding and Knowledge

Yatharthriti

Among many options available, the most popular one is Moodle open-source learning. Moodle open-source learning offers numerous benefits which have been discussed below-. make learning interesting and interactive at the same time.

Why an Open Source LMS Isn’t Always the Best Option

Association eLearning

You’re shopping for an LMS and behold FREE OPEN SOURCE LMS pops up. Free and open source. Well hold the phone because if it sounds too good to be true, it’s because open source isn’t all it claims to be. Yes, it sounds like a good idea, but if you own a business or run an association, you might want to think twice about open source. What does open source mean? Source code must be included.

Connecting the xAPI Community through Free, Open Source, and CC BY Resources

Yet Analytics

Recognizing the need for basic tools for exploring and experimenting with xAPI, Yet Analytics offers a number of free resources and open source capabilities. open source project that we’ve run in partnership with the Advanced Distributed Learning Initiative.

Managed WordPress Hosting, Open Source Software Innovation and Community with Robert Jacobi From Cloudways

LifterLMS

Learn about managed WordPress hosting, open source software innovation and community with Robert Jacobi From Cloudways in this episode of the LMScast podcast hosted by Chris Badgett of LifterLMS. I know you’re a big open-source guy, what’s special about open-source?

Open Source eLearning Network Event

eFront

There will also be a number of experienced speakers and panel members present who will discuss topics such as: An introduction to open source elearning tools, Open Source LMS – Wouldya? The key questions which will be looked at on the day are: Are there any examples of open-source software that isn’t designed for geeks? When is it a good idea to look at open-source software? eLearning Learning Open Source Tools events

Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs

eLearning 24-7

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.

Open Source as an Answer to Your LMS Pain-Points

Lambda Solutions

A good place to start is to consider if you would like to have open-source software or a proprietary solution. Here at Lambda Solutions, we are a big proponent of open-source software like Moodle and Totara Learn. Let’s break down the question of open-source or proprietary into three key areas that usually cause the most pain: flexibility, customization, and (of course!)

The Hidden Cost of Open Source LMS

Gyrus

Open source learning management systems have become increasingly popular, and on paper they always sound good. The term free is usually a misnomer; there is almost always a cost associated with using open source LMSs. You search the internet for free LMS and click on the first search result for an open source product that looks good. Hardware, coding, project management, and support personnel are all needed to keep an open source product up and running.

Open Source Captivate Customizations

Adobe Captivate

Here are my questions: If I publish all these customizations on Github with an open source license, would you as community members be interested in contributing to the project? Hello Community, In my previous blog I mentioned how I am using Captivate from a web developer’s point of view. As I move more in this direction, focusing on mobile and measuring learning with Google Analytics, the tools are getting more complicated and exciting.

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.