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


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.

Top 8 FREE Open Source LMSs

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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.

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Free Open Source LMSs are like Puzzles

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Next, you open up the box and find out that the puzzle has 10,000 pieces. I would say open source, but there are systems that provide open source and they are not free. Thus free open source (a proper way) or some platform that is free. Because a free open source system is just the basics, the infrastructure (and even then, with some of them out there – that is stretching it). .

Twelve Ways to Add Value to Open Source LMS Systems

Vikas Joshi on Interactive Learning

So, when I sat down to talk with Dr Asheesh Choksi, technology consultant and architect, about Moodle, he gave me a 12-point program to add value to Moodle - which was quite an eye opener. The solution is a separate collaborative annotation server, such as TeemingPod. These devices are supported using MLE Moodle, an opens ource plugin for iOS and Android. Open source platforms such as Open Meetings or Big Blue Button can be integrated with Moodle to bring in this capability.

When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?


– this is what a client’s IT Manager commented after looking at technology requirements sheet of our Wizdom LMS in a presentation last week (It’s built on.Net, and uses Windows Server, IIS, & MS SQL/Oracle as back-end platform). How about open source vs. proprietary LMS’s?

Reporting the Quiz Results to a local server

Adobe Captivate

One of the most requested features in Adobe Captivate was the ability to store the course results on the local servers or database. Step I: Set-up the Web server. For integrating the course with a web server, first the user needs to setup a web server.

Professional Support at an Open Source LMS: Interview with Athanasios Papagelis Co-founder & Technical Director at Epignosis Ltd


> I will very much appreciate if you share your thoughts concerning the following question "Is Professional Support IMPORTANT for an Open Source LMS?" For example, a client that host eFront at his own infrastructure could not restore a backup due to lack of memory on his server. Many issues are raised due to infrastructure problems (Server characteristics, PHP and Mysql installed, Operating system -- and this is a very short list).

Where are open source learning applications?

Tony Karrer

Good post by Harold Jarche - Where are open source learning applications? In it he points to the learning space and says that the current status of open-source learning applications is: Innovators - Elgg Learning Landscape and several others Early Adopters - Moodle and a few others Early Majority - nobody Late Majority - forget about it I would tend to agree with him that there are relatively few open-source learning applications, but would add a few thoughts.

An Open Source Environment for E-Learning Content Development

The E-Learning Curve

As I'm in the process of updating my website ’s Learning Content Management System (LCMS), I though it would be interesting to discuss open source environments, and how they can be implemented in an e-learning content development ecosystem. Apache - a Web server.



Moodle - It is an open-source learning management system designed to offer the best experience to learners that provides unprecedented data security. Users of Moodle LMS have the choice of installing their Moodle account on cloud or server. Understanding Moodle versus Canvas.

Infrastructure Requirements for E-learning Implementation and Delivery

CommLab India

Server Type: The main piece of hardware you need is a server. There are many options such as a cloud server, dedicated server, or shared server – each with its advantages and disadvantages. You need to configure the server accordingly.

Confused with learning technologies? Choose your best option

CommLab India

Selection of server: Software as a service: In this option application will be hosted on vendor server and administration access will be provided. Application and server uptime is vendor’s responsibility. On Premise: In this option application will be installed on your server.

Moodle: Pros, Challenges

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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. You can host it on your server or on an outside server (can also be seen as a con). If you host on an outside server, many will install it ahead of time for you and have the experience in doing so.

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

Unicorn Training

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. This post is a post of the series "Free e-Learning Resources" and I am going to talk about free and open source text-to-speech tools for e-Learning. Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Learning View more presentations from Christopher Pappas.

Kineo Insights Webinar: Kronos Moodle Case Study

Learning Visions

Today as part of the Kineo Insights webinar series – a conversation on open source. Compared it to a # of diff open source offerings as well as large commercial systems and smaller vendors as well. Low start up costs helped us out (no licensing fees; minimal server requirements). Looking at how to use Moodle for more traditional HR functionalities…corporate world is taking open source much more seriously. Did Kronos want open source or proprietary?

Six Things to Consider When Implementing An LMS for the First Time

CommLab India

If you have a few courses, using an open-source LMS such as MOODLE is better. But, when you implement an LMS for the first time, going for an open-source LMS and using it to host courses is always a better option. You don’t even need a server.

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To be or not to be Moodle

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Right now you are probably in one of three camps when it comes to open source LMSs, specifically Moodle: Huge fan and most likely have it. With so much fanfare at least from the Moodle crowd and those who are seeking an open source system (BTW there are plenty out there, not just Moodle), the question on whether to go with Moodle or not, is something that happens on a daily basis.

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4 Vital Considerations in the Age of Constant Cyberattacks

KMI Learning

For example, a typical website lives in an ecosystem consisting of an operating system, a web server, an application server, database servers, runtime environments, multiple web frameworks, 3rd party services, open-source libraries and of course custom-written code.

eLearning: How to Pick an LMS

I Came, I Saw, I Learned

Some systems, like open-source LMSs, may seem attractive because of low costs and easy customization, but they can be more complicated to use than software services that make support staff available. Commercial training management software may be pricier than open-source systems, but they are turn-key ready and frequently have dedicated staff to walk your administrators through maintenance and implementation issues-well worth the expenses.

Encore – Moodle: Pros, Challenges

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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. You can host it on your server or on an outside server (can also be seen as a con). If you host on an outside server, many will install it ahead of time for you and have the experience in doing so.

10 Reasons to invest in a cloud based LMS


A cloud based LMS , as opposed to an in-house LMS, provides learners with a vibrant, open and fun platform on which they can access training material and interactive tools which transform the learning experience into something a lot more immersive and dynamic.

Tech Tuesday: Translating mLevel Events to xAPI Statements


The other option is called Learning Locker which is an open source LRS which does require a server to host the LRS.

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Latest #LMS Takeaways Plus Did you know?

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However, there were people using Sakai, OLAT and other open source systems. If you want to know the security levels, go directly to those hosting sites and you can read about it – the vendors tend to send you the same information anyway; they might increase say (assuming the hosting site is 128 bit AES) to 256 AES, but as a whole – it is right there for your eyes on the hosting server site. Hello from Berlin.

Moodle Mayhem

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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. You can host it on your server or on an outside server (can also be seen as a con). Do you have someone who can dedicate the time needed for your open source LMS/LCMS?

LMS and Learning Portal Directory Plus HTML5 Course

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28 free open source vendors – on 2nd tab. They are offsetting their cost for their servers by including it into the price. Back end is a CMS or some form of one on your server, otherwise how to access the data – thus I feel the term “CMS&# as a true standalone should slowly stop to exist, albeit I understand from a marketing reason why it will not. Please download it and not just open up open in your window.

CMS: An Alternative to a LMS for those who seek Portals or Communities

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And, with the costs of a LCMS or even some CMSs, you might want to seek out the open source – FREE way. Unless you plan to add some APIs (since they are open source, you could) to create reports on some data or do robust data collection, it is not going to happen. When I say “web&# , this means the course sits on your server or if you are using a 3rd party and they are hosting a server for you – it is located there.

Free Quiz and Test Maker Tools Plus My Top 3

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Openmark All, seems to push towards academia, but can be used in corporate market, unknown types of questions, unique approach whereas feedback is the key, interactive process, question choices, exist – open source. AVI,mpeg, Quicktime, can be published on net or local server, works with IE, Safari, Opera, Firefox, Chrome; Offers.FLV format, Results can be saved on server or via e-mail, lots of capabilities – Very Nice.

Digital Badges for Educational Achievement

Web Courseworks

Mozilla’s Open Badges project is working to solve that problem, making it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web through a shared technical infrastructure. From Mozilla’s Open Badges wiki page. Is Your Organization Ready?

Video Learning Platforms

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SaaS or on your own servers – they can do both, but ideally prefer SaaS (they host it). APIs – as in their (video learning platform itself) API is open. If your VLP is on your own servers most of the vendors will allow you to customize the CSS. Flashback.

State of the Authoring Tool Industry 2015

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Publish it to the web – which means you can stick it on any server, sans LMS and whalla MOOC city! Oh, you can publish to web and keep it on your own servers and then yada yada – MOOC. It is not a free open source authoring tool. – in case you were wondering.

Dreamweaver Slayers

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Nice editing capability and includes FTP (File Transfer Protocol – so you can upload your files directly into your server or your LMS server, if you know the FTP IP, password, user name). 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!

Effectus LMS For effective Employee Training Management and Tracking

CommLab India

The launch of “Effectus”, an LMS based on the open source LMS Moodle, has simplified the lives of administrators and users. Since Effectus LMS is based on open-source LMS Moodle, it is highly configurable and flexible.

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Still More Alternatives to Second Life: More 3D Worlds to Explore

Kapp Notes

OpenSimulator is a 3D Application Server. OpenSimulator is released under a BSD License, making it both open source, and commercially friendly to embed in products. Here are even a few more alternatives to Second Life for you to check out.