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. What does open source mean?

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?

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 ?

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.

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.

Open Source Web Conferencing Solutions – FREE

eLearning 24-7

I have a real issue with vendors who charge extra – via a license with their “partner&# or otherwise for a web conferencing – and thus ability to offer webinars, in their solution. Hence: Below are products that are either open source free or free or free with limited functionality. Open Meetings - based on Google code. Bosco’s Screen Share - just a screen share program, open source.

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). This is not affiliated with the Mobile Learning Engine program further down below. and using C# for the primary programming language. There are a handful – maybe two handfuls of vendors who offer it.

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). This is not affiliated with the Mobile Learning Engine program further down below. and using C# for the primary programming language. There are a handful – maybe two handfuls of vendors who offer it.

LMS Vendors: How to Select the Right Vendor for your Goals

Hurix Digital

Organizations generally prefer to outsource their LMS requirements to vendors or service providers, mainly because it saves them time and money and also because they do not have an in-house IT team to design, build and maintain a custom solution.

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!

5 Critical Questions To Ask Potential LMS Vendors

KnowledgeAnywhere

An LMS can vastly improve the efficiency and effectiveness of a learning and development program, but it is important to choose a platform that will work best for your organization. There are the basic question of pricing and features that you will, of course, be asking potential vendors.

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. LMS vendors offer a goldmine of thought-provoking guidance, if you’re willing to look for it. 75 LMS Vendor Profiles.

Vote for The Best of ELearning 2011 Awards

eFront

In its 7th year, the balloting period is open and you can vote your favorite eLearning product or service in 26 different categories. Open Source and Professionally Supported => All editions of eFront are offered with their source code.

The Corporate Moodle: A Tipping Point?

Learning Visions

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. There’s no vendor who creates Moodle per say. But the beauty of open source is you can customize it.

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How Do E-learning Vendors Price Their Services

CommLab India

With growing workforce and increased frequency of training programs, instructor-led training is no longer viable. You have heard about e-learning and are looking to contact vendors for a quote. Services provided by e-learning vendors and how they are priced.

LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

eLearning 24-7

It was within these comments, that afterwords, I decided to expand a bit plus identify other areas that I see, LMS vendors must explore – which they have not yet done so, to re-energize themselves. Thus, the LMS vendors are creating a Bogeyman – their own bogeyman, and it does not have to be that way. Far too many LMS vendors are stuck in a rut. Oh, excuse me – social networking to most of the vendors who spin it under the guise of social learning.

APIs and Mashups r ur new ABCs for E-Learning

eLearning 24-7

Unfortunately, too many vendors in the e-learning space have failed to see the power and potential of this capability, and have decided to ignore them. An API (Application Program Interface) enables an interface from a piece of software to communicate with another piece of software (in its simplest form) or multiple pieces of software (called a mashup). Open Architecture. APIs are open source code, so that developers (inc. LMS Vendors. Vendor Reasons.

Moodle: Pros, Challenges

eLearning 24-7

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. The biggest challenge you will face with Moodle, and in many cases with open source LMS/LCMS solutions is that you need to have strong technical skills. e-learning elearning Open Source Moodle E-Learn Info API

Moodle Mayhem

eLearning 24-7

Many people are turning to open source LMS/LCMSs solutions, including Moodle without knowing ahead of time, the potential challenges that might befall them. You can either have all open, which many companies do not want, or are stuck with course keys and other additional non-necessary steps. Unlimited users (BTW, some paid LMS vendors – smaller ones with robust features are moving into the unlimited users space).

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.

LMS Vendors: U Can Survive – Innovate, Invigorate and Invent

eLearning 24-7

It was within these comments, that afterwords, I decided to expand a bit plus identify other areas that I see, LMS vendors must explore – which they have not yet done so, to re-energize themselves. Thus, the LMS vendors are creating a Bogeyman – their own bogeyman, and it does not have to be that way. Far too many LMS vendors are stuck in a rut. Oh, excuse me – social networking to most of the vendors who spin it under the guise of social learning.

3 Priority Questions for your LMS Feasibility Study

Petra Mayer

At this stage you will likely come across some gaps and open questions. Implementation costs by the vendor or related third party. System integration costs by third party vendors with other systems. Cost due to impact on training programs. Free/Freemium (open source).

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A Look Back at E-Learning in 2012

eLearning 24-7

LMSs – Finally vendors took notice. Authoring Tools – With only a small sample of vendors that are SaaS based, pickings are slim. The number of vendors who went mobile with tablets at the start of the year was extremely small compared to where it stands at the end of 2012.

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When to Hire an LMS Developer

LearnDash

But then there are open source LMS options that are more likely to take a third approach: built-in features with a combination of integrations. Also, since the code is open it means you aren’t locked into a particular vendor (so more freedom of choice).

How to Create a SCORM Compliant Course on a Budget?

Hurix Digital

The flexibility and interoperability of being able to add materials from different sources is what increases the demand for SCORM-compliant content. Related: LMS Vendors: How to Select the Right Vendor for your Goals.

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LMS Customization

eLearning 24-7

Ask and see what can be done by the vendor – Customize it! Plus many vendors will include special “customized&# options for you – and then tell you what they are – during your discussions or upon your final negotiations. Some vendors will charge you per customization. Yes I can Do it OR Maybe not… Depending on what you are seeking in a customization, some vendors will tell you that it is either doable or not. Open Source LMSs.

What is an LMS? The Basics of Learning Management Systems

eThink Education

If you have ever taken courses online or attended an online training program, you’ve most likely worked with a Learning Management System or an LMS. Open-Source vs. Closed-Source LMS. Closed-source options typically provide an out-of-the-box eLearning platform.

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Product Review: Totara

eLearning 24-7

Vendors in this space include Docebo, eFront, Litmos and of course Totara. Graphical progress bar – basically less text or funky icons that only the vendor knows what is – example, a recall one vendor using a floppy disk to represent an online course. Programs.

LMS Ecosystems – The next big thing

eLearning 24-7

Perhaps you see it as an extension to an already in place, ILT (instructor led training) program. If you are taking a deep look around the LMS market you may be hearing a new buzz word, “ecosystem” Some LMS vendors have used the term in the past because they themselves saw their platform as a one stop shop. They probably offered you the ability to buy courses through them eliminating the need to go directly to the 3rd party vendor.

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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Overview of different types of LMS

Xpertcube

A learning management system is a software application for educational courses, training programs, tracking, documentation and detailed reporting, delivery of educational courses, training programs, or learning and development programs. Most of the LMS vendors develop web-based online learning management systems than installed LMS software. Users can access software online via the vendors host the software on their servers. 3.Open Source Vs. Proprietary LMS.

Latest E-Learning Trends – Some good, some bad

eLearning 24-7

I mean ever&# , from a senior executive at a mid to large size vendor that has been in the market for several years. Across the board, a large number of vendors (from small to large) saw increases in their quarter numbers. Especially, when vendors released their 2010 final numbers and saw big increases from the previous year. One vendor is months behind their release schedule. Another vendor is suffering Q/A issues. Identify the problem, the vendor too.

What’s a Certified Moodle Partner? Advantages of Working with an Expert Moodle Host

eThink Education

One of the reasons Moodle is so widely adopted, and one of its primary advantages, is that it is open-source and free to download. This means that the cost to support Moodle is much cheaper than the proprietary closed-source solutions on the market.

A peak under eFront’s hood

eFront

In either case, it might be interesting to take a look under the hood, and see what makes its engine tick: the technologies, APIs, programming libraries and tools we used in creating it. Don’t worry, you won’t need a degree in programming to understand this post.

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

eLearning 24-7

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. There are dozens of free audio plugins available on the net, so why aren’t screen capturing/recording vendors offering the ability for the end user to add them? Another issue I have with many vendors who offer effects – again, I like that – is that they fail to mention.