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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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.

5 Advantages of an Open Source LMS for Software Training

Appsembler

Choosing an LMS vendor is difficult enough on its own, but what about choosing the right type of LMS. Currently, both proprietary and open source LMS are vying for dominance in the training space. Are there any benefits to leaning on open source dev kits as opposed to proprietary platforms? Why choose open source LMS when vendors offer an out-of-the-box solution? Understanding Open Source LMS. Open edX (our favorite).

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 and Free: Mobile Learning Tools, M-Learning Systems, SCORM

eLearning 24-7

Below is a list of various open source and free tools including: m-learning, testing web pages in browsers, mobile learning systems, SCORM and the lame PENS (IMO). mBusiness Learning System - collaboration between e-learning and mobile learning system.This system has the following components: vendor management, learning management, content management, portal management, and mobile client application system. Next week: Mindflash.com Product Review – latest version.

Open Source and Free: Mobile Learning Tools, M-Learning Systems, SCORM

eLearning 24-7

Below is a list of various open source and free tools including: m-learning, testing web pages in browsers, mobile learning systems, SCORM and the lame PENS (IMO). mBusiness Learning System - collaboration between e-learning and mobile learning system.This system has the following components: vendor management, learning management, content management, portal management, and mobile client application system. Next week: Mindflash.com Product Review – latest version.

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. Best use of Learning Locker® in Support of Another Product: . Community Award for Contributions to Learning Locker ® Open Source.

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. Learn.com offered some robust SL capabilities, but you have to pay for one of their premium versions to have it. Open Source LMS of the Year. You want the LSP version.

5 Critical Questions To Ask Potential LMS Vendors

KnowledgeAnywhere

There are the basic question of pricing and features that you will, of course, be asking potential vendors. However, there are some deeper questions that you should take the time to ask potential LMS vendors to help determine if they will be a good fit for a long term partnership with your business. Here is a list of 5 critical questions you and your team should ask when talking to LMS vendors. Freemium: A basic, free version of their services.

Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

eLearning 24-7

And yeah there are vendors who will taut that they are in X list or Y rankings and thus should be included. This isn’t a beauty contest, nor a pay for play (I NEVER accept that, nor play that game, nor do I accept any referral fees or whatever some vendors offer for recommending them). Even open source systems. Are they better than every other vendor in the market? Not every vendor mind you will state this, but a few have and still do.

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

eLearning 24-7

What has been applying is the term mobile learning and how it it pitched to consumers in the e-learning sector, especially with LMS/LCMS/Learning platform vendors. 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? Open Source Commercial.

Dreamweaver Slayers

eLearning 24-7

HTML Kit also offers a paid version, however, 292 is free and offers more than enough. Tags: Open Source Product Review authoring tools e-learning e-learning vendors elearning Dreamweaver Dreamweaver was not created for people to build courses in, rather it was created for people to build web sites and other web related solutions. Let the Slayers list begin! Listed Below are FREE. Aptana Aptana Studio - Enables you to also incorporate Ajax, CSS, etc.;

E-Learning Screen recording and video solutions – Should b simple, so why isn’t it?

eLearning 24-7

for end users to see in the final product. The ability to record audio in real time or post time makes a lot of sense and eliminates the need for using Audacity (albeit it is a wonderful and free product). There are more vendors who do not offer the ability to post – i.e. add audio afterwards it is quite amazing. Again, simple and yet again arguably with many vendors difficult to do. another vendor who offers both capabilities is sothink ).

Latest E-Learning News and Notes

eLearning 24-7

Each person who is working on the software, has no knowledge of the vendor’s software prior to. The software is the full versions and not limited in any such manner. Email me with the subject “shootout&# and in the email write the name of the vendor. 124 vendors, inc. 16 open source free tools. 1 of the 16 open source vendors that offers m-learning capabilities. 26/108 commercial vendors offer m-learning capabilities inc.

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. I have seen continued interest and downloads for open source AR tool kits. Augmented reality opens those doors.

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

eLearning 24-7

Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. By offering a customized version of the Top 50 report based on a selection of criteria you choose including “range estimate of pricing” .

Insight – The Top 50 LMS 2017 Report

eLearning 24-7

Some vendors have multiple systems, but generally speaking it is usually one to one, i.e. one vendor and one system. Open source systems are included, but not “customized shops or botique firms from customized Moodle per se that you pay” In the 2017 report, the number of vendors explored was 1,000. By offering a customized version of the Top 50 report based on a selection of criteria you choose including “range estimate of pricing” .

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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Latest E-Learning Insight and News

eLearning 24-7

There is a growing list of vendors, including small/mid size that are adding talent management components that match the Big Dog systems. A couple of vendors have added HRIS modules. It is interesting to note, that many of the vendors are targeting the SMB space, especially the small size (less than 500 employees) market. What is nice is there are still a significant number of vendors who have not added it. Open Source Systems.

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SCORM Cloud

eLearning 24-7

Very few things impress me, especially product claims or services. SCORM Cloud is a product that has the possibility to be a game changer in the e-learning industry. When I heard about this solution, I was figuring this was going to be another – yeah, uh huh, right product. No matter where you are, no matter what you are – portal, learning community, LMS/LCMS (open source), group, web page with links, API integrated solution, etc.

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Award for all awards

eLearning 24-7

Granted it does not include bloggers (I hand them out- more on that in a sec) or believe it or not – other vendors, but it is a nice list nevertheless. Nothing wrong with that, mind you, after all when a company or vendor wins such an award it makes for great advertising and marketing. Or maybe a shorter version of categories and award winners, with the “award” time period beginning in October, would be better served. RCAT Product of the Year: SCORM Cloud.

Mythbusting: FAQs About eThink’s Moodle Partner Status

eThink Education

Last month, we announced that we have joined forces with Open LMS alongside newly acquired eCreators, becoming a part of the wider Learning Technologies Group (LTG) plc. Are we still technically using Moodle as our LMS, or are we now using Open LMS as our LMS?

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The Latest: Rapid Content Authoring Tool Market

eLearning 24-7

I am still surprised on how vendors who are offering assessment only tools are staying in the game. Assessment/Survey/Polls – If your product doesn’t have it – you need it. I hope it does – especially with SaaS products. Some vendors push heavily on PPT, implying that a great WBT is really a PPT converted to Flash. I’m still stunned at the number of products who feel this does not apply. Vendor adoption is slow.

Times are changing – trends in the content authoring tool market

eLearning 24-7

You work online via the servers of your vendor. I had thought that this trend would be dying out, but it is amazing at the number of vendors who are entering the space and still focused on the desktop approach. Despite the overwhelmingly number of vendors who have a “desktop only&# solution, based on what I am seeing- a result of new feature sets – this will change. A couple of vendors offer SDK development tools with their SaaS authoring tool.

LMS News. Directory. Plus E-Learning Notes

eLearning 24-7

Several vendors have left the space, a few have entered. Vendors are hearing us and are making changes. Newest Version – LMS/Learning Portal Directory. Added Demo Column (Y/N) – If the vendor enables you to view a demo of their product without having to register or provide any information upfront, it is identified as “Yes&#. Bolded Vendor Names – There are vendors whose names are bolded. Fear Factor: Vendor Pricing.

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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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Rapid Content Authoring Tools: Market, Mayhem and Reality

eLearning 24-7

This is a growing market with new vendors showing up, but at the same time, others disappearing. While the assumption would be that all the products are alike, or that fee based tools are superior to their free counterparts, nothing could be farther than the truth. Macromedia Authorware and similar products. Sure there are over 100 vendors in this industry and probably 95% you have never heard of and whom have great products that can meet or beat the big players.

Getting Handy With Interactive Enterprise Software Training

Your Training Edge

Not surprisingly, enterprises and independent software vendors (ISV) now gravitate towards training programs that revolve around interactive virtual labs. Author: By Michal Frenkel, VP of product, CloudShare. Enterprise software training has changed.

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

eLearning 24-7

Yet, there were some products that stood out, if nothing else – for taking the lead and doing something that says “yes it is possible, and oh, it works&#. RCAT Product of the Year. Open Source Product of the Year (i.e. Innovation is listed next to the product. The product is not necessarily the ultimate in RCAT, but they are solid at the minimum and should be at least looked at, before making any decision.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

With the growing popularity of Flash for elearning, many elearning vendors developed their Rapid authoring tools which were aimed to publish Flash based elearning content without requiring major programming. Using file sharing and versioning tools to get various people to work together on a single project will be quite complex using the Silverlight/Blend combination. The Silverlight runtime is not yet available on Linux and the Mac version has some issues.

Using Silverlight/Expression Blend for eLearning Development

Upside Learning

With the growing popularity of Flash for elearning, many elearning vendors developed their Rapid authoring tools which were aimed to publish Flash based elearning content without requiring major programming. Using file sharing and versioning tools to get various people to work together on a single project will be quite complex using the Silverlight/Blend combination. The Silverlight runtime is not yet available on Linux and the Mac version has some issues.

S1000D: Defined, Explained, and Explored

Use of IETMs for Navy Air Force Defence

S1000D is the European standard of technical publications or technical documentation being followed in Aerospace since 1980, which uses CSDB, a Common source database which is used for preparing, managing, and publishing technical information for a warship, or Aerospace, or even Civil airlines too.

Moodle vs LearnUpon: Find out which tool is better?

PSB

It is an open-source learning management system designed to offer the best experience to learners that provides unprecedented data security. A free LMS, Moodle can be used in its vanilla version endlessly.

Moodle vs LearnUpon: Find out which tool is better?

PSB

It is an open-source learning management system designed to offer the best experience to learners that provides unprecedented data security. A free LMS, Moodle can be used in its vanilla version endlessly.

Moodle vs LearnUpon: Find out which tool is better?

PSB

It is an open-source learning management system designed to offer the best experience to learners that provides unprecedented data security. A free LMS, Moodle can be used in its vanilla version endlessly.

Social Learning and LMSs Marketplace

eLearning 24-7

As social learning continues to grow, LMS/LCMS vendors are taking various approaches. LMS/LCMS vendors are following one of three approaches when it comes to social learning. In any other market, the goal is to be number one, yet for whatever reason, in this market when it comes to social learning, there are a significant number of vendors, who would rather just sit on the sidelines. Time for these vendors to wake up, or see your audience share disappear.

A peak under eFront’s hood

eFront

If you’re reading this you’re either evaluating eFront (or eFrontPro, our revamped, flagship product) or you have already joined the ranks of those who use it and love it. We’ll just give you a high level description of what powers eFront, the software analogous of opening the hood of a Ferrari to take a peak at its engine; you don’t need to be mechanic to appreciate that. Open Source doesn’t mean amateurish.