Is Open Source Ready for Extended Enterprise Learning?

Talented Learning

Six years ago I pivoted after 14 years on the front lines with two major commercial LMS vendors. Open source software is a great example. Early open source learning systems were viable for academic applications. Top Open Source LMS Platforms.

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.

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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. A proprietary LMS vendor.

Signs Your LMS Administrators Might Need Open-Source Support

eThink Education

One of the major benefits of an open-source Learning Management System (LMS) is multiple hosting options. So how do you determine whether your team can continue to host internally or if they’d benefit from open-source vendor support?

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.

HT2 Labs Announce 2019 Learning Locker® Open Source Awards Winners

HT2 Labs

[Oxford, UK] Following presentations from all shortlisted organizations, HT2 Labs are pleased to announce the winning entries from the first annual Learning Locker® Open Source Awards. . 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.

Open source in corporate learning – The need to take it seriously.

Learning Cafe

Using Open Source approach is one such opportunity which should be given serious consideration. Let us first talk about the open source approach and how you probably use it without being aware of it. So what is the open source approach ? In production and development, open source is a philosophy that promotes free redistribution and access to an end product’s design and implementation details. is almost entirely open source based.

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 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. At first glance, open source LMS may seem to have certain advantages over a commercial, purpose-built association LMS – no upfront licensing costs, full control over how the system can be customized, etc. Hidden Costs of an Open Source LMS. Case Study: Limitations of 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). Project mGBL (Mobile Game Based Learning) – being created by multiple folks throughout the EU. UFPE were the people behind the project. 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). Project mGBL (Mobile Game Based Learning) – being created by multiple folks throughout the EU. UFPE were the people behind the project. There are a handful – maybe two handfuls of vendors who offer it.

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. Ahead of sharing insightful case studies to highlight the best of this year’s winning projects, we’re pleased to introduce our 2019 winners (with a little context around what they achieved)… The Winners List.

What You Missed at TRYxAPI – ATD ICE

MakingBetter

After much discussion over different learning models and ways to map performance in terms of outcomes, behaviors, systems, content and competency, we all participated in smaller discussions as we practiced defining the value propositions of each others’ projects. This customer-centric approach is evident in the case study examples shared to model how other vendors and other organizations can share their tools and their case studies.

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. Although distributed as open source, eFront is being supported by a professional team of skilled developers. And, 61% agreed that award-recognition impacted their decision to consider or purchase from the vendor.

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. Open-Source: This option requires a lot of technical knowledge.

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. Projects.

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.

My Moodle Test

Xyleme

Home > Learning Technologies , Standards > My Moodle Test My Moodle Test October 9th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Talk has been heating up lately regarding the use of open source versus proprietary systems for learning. Sophia Peters provides another interesting post entitled Deciding Between Open Source and Proprietary Software? once people get past their initial fears and the stigma, the Open Source learning development community will grow exponentially.”

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.

Tech Knowledge: LMS – What were they Thinking? Notes on the Go

eLearning 24-7

As I was walking around the Expo floor yesterday, I was surprised by a LMS vendor that had some “What were they Thinking?&# If you are attending TechKnowledge, you will surely figure out the vendor if you are walking around and talking to vendors. If you haven’t talked to the vendor yet, when you do, you can ask a couple of questions and figure out , who they are. As I recall the projected date is “April&#.

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.

HT2 Labs Announce Shortlist for the Learning Locker® Awards for Innovation

HT2 Labs

Oxford, UK: HT2 Labs reveal the shortlist for up to 7 categories for applications to the Learning Locker® Open Source Awards 2019. For the first time at HT2 Labs, success stories among the global Learning Locker® community are to be celebrated with the Learning Locker® Open Source Awards 2019. Best use of Learning Locker® to Prove the Impact of Learning on Performance (Non-Vendor). B est use of Learning Locker® to Support Performance in the Workplace (Vendor).

Cammy Beans Learning Visions: E-Learning Project Reality: Guerrilla Instructional Design

Learning Visions

Friday, March 21, 2008 E-Learning Project Reality: Guerrilla Instructional Design Ill define it in one word: grueling. Since November, I have been working on a big project for a brand-name institution: 29 self-paced eLearning courses. Client Review This is the single longest phase of this project. Good luck on your other, more important project too! What does your team develop the eLearning in for this project at that speed?

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.

LMS Selection Roulette: Who Can You Trust?

Talented Learning

Often, these posts have 287 or more responses from LMS vendors, each claiming they offer the best solution, given the overwhelming evidence provided in the original 2-sentence help request. They’ve hit a wall with features that don’t accomplish what a vendor promised. Previously, before a multitude of specialized solutions burst onto the landscape, LMS choices were limited to a handful of “one-size-fits-all” vendors. It happens at least once a week.

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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.

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. Vendors are from all over the world. . For example, two vendors have added a game experience within their own system, beyond just gamification.

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. Vendors are from all over the world. . For example, two vendors have added a game experience within their own system, beyond just gamification.

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.

Readymade vs Custom eLearning development- Which one is better?

Pinlearn

Software vendors apply their own resources, time, money, effort, and research in e-learning platform development and build the solutions from scratch. Vendors sell these developed solutions as ready-made products to multiple clients. While Ready-made solutions are sold as a product and they do not limit the vendor from selling the same solutions to multiple customers. Despite the support from the vendors, there are certain factors that even they cannot control.

How to build an online course website from scratch and questions to answer before that

Elligense

Everything depends on the complexity of the project you want to develop, but it was never cheap to build a custom website. And it’s much more expensive than using SaaS or open-source solution. Usually, it takes 2–3 months to build a website from scratch, not to mention continuous discussions and decision makings about your project. Most of the open-source CMS and LMS a free to use or cost thousands of times less than building such a system from scratch.

E-Learning Takeaways

eLearning 24-7

For the rest of us, it isn’t, unless you see the latest takeaways as examples of what is to come or more importantly what hasn’t – which is really a could be doomsday to many vendors – unless they wake up! In my newest directory, I have 138 vendors. 4 desktop authoring tool vendors work with Windows 8. I am hearing from some vendors that they are having issues with Windows 8 and that Microsoft typically makes it difficult to really make it work.

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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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. Projection. 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. Projection. Projection. Projection. Projection.

Precautions to take before getting an LMS from elearning companies in US

Creativ Technologies

Don’t invest in an open-source LMS because it can have its cons . One of the best ways to save money on an LMS is to get one that is open source. So although an open-source LMS sounds like an attractive option, it requires a lot of labour.

Taking cmi5 adoption further by developing a Conformance Test Suite

Rustici Software

In 2010, we were awarded a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) from ADL to modernize SCORM Communication, an effort that became known as Project Tin Can, and ultimately xAPI. In truth, achieving real interoperability has to be done through conformance testing which is why we’re so excited to announce that we’ve been awarded a contract for the ADL Initiative cmi5 Player and Test Suite (PTS) Prototype Project.

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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.

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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An explanation of cmi5 in (mostly) plain English

Rustici Software

Around Rustici, we’re ramping up to launch Project CATAPULT in the coming months (I may or may not have recently set my #slack status as “visions of cmi5 danced in her head”). Source: ADL cmi5 Specification. Open source Player Prototype that functions as a cmi5 content player.

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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&#. 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 number of vendors whose real focus is the Talent Management/Performance Management market.

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