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.

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. AICC E-learning LMS SCORM Tin Can eLL open source lms

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.

Free Open Source LMSs are like Puzzles

eLearning 24-7

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). .

When or When Not to Use Open Source LMS?

G-Cube

– 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?

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.

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

eFront

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. So, let see the list of the free and open source text-to-speech tools for e-Learning. =>

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.

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.

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

eFront

> 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).

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.

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.

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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?

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. 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.

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. 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?

Encore – 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. 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 Quiz and Test Maker Tools Plus My Top 3

eLearning 24-7

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.

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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. Ipad, Entourage EDGE, Camangi WebStation, Freescale, Amtek, Asus,Open Peak’s Open Tablet, ExoPC Tablet, Fusion_Garage Joo Joo, Ubuntu Linux SmartQ, EAFT MagicTile. APIs, Open Source, HTML5. Open Peak. The Revolution. Battlefield.

A few of my favorite things

Web Tools for Learners

Like most people who develop and manage training for a living, especially at small to medium sized companies and non profits, I have learned to do a lot of work using free and open source software tools. Audacity - open source audio creation and mp3 coding. Amazon Cloud - create a server and manage applications virtually. Bitnami - download custom server stacks to manage your open source application. EXE -open source self paced modules.

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

eLearning 24-7

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.

LMS and Learning Portal Directory Plus HTML5 Course

eLearning 24-7

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.

Dreamweaver Slayers

eLearning 24-7

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!

My 10 Ten Tools for Learning

Learning Rocks

It's slow, a resource hog and really is only there to open the web to me. XAMPP - I'd love to include this actually - it's a web server that takes about 15 minutes to set up - 10 if you exclude the download time. evaluation rapid tools marketplace articulate c4lpt Moodle LMSs elearning wikis open source silly excitement thought leaders social learning

My 10 Ten Tools for Learning

Learning Rocks

It's slow, a resource hog and really is only there to open the web to me. XAMPP - I'd love to include this actually - it's a web server that takes about 15 minutes to set up - 10 if you exclude the download time. Tags: evaluation rapid tools marketplace articulate c4lpt Moodle LMSs elearning wikis open source silly excitement thought leaders social learning

10 tips for using eFront

eFront

Then just unzip on the server. 3) [professor] Use the open-source version to create locally lessons and then just upload them to you distant server. Recent Comments Blog Archive ► 2011 (3) ► January (3) Free and Open Source Text to Speech Tools for e-Le.

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Cammy Beans Learning Visions: I Heart My Wiki

Learning Visions

We installed MediaWiki on our local server a couple of weeks ago and Ive been using it to record everything I can for my e-Learning strategy project. I dont have to open 800 documents. Cammy Beans Learning Visions Musings on eLearning, instructional design and other training stuff.

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e-Clippings (Learning As Art): Single-Site Browsers: Interesting Design Development or Battle for the Desktop?

Mark Oehlert

In the beginning there were dumb clients and the server reigned supreme. Then came the powerful desktops and the server lost control.

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.

eLearning: Interesting Weekly Finds #10

Upside Learning

Open Classroom Servers. The OpenClassroom Server (OCS) places the teacher in control of an easily managed local Web 2.0 WordPress for Android and Blackberry is an Open Source app that empowers you to write new posts, edit content, and manage comments with built-in notifications.

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.

Why the Real Cost of Your Learning Management System is Higher Than You Think

Absorb LMS

That house I purchased was in many ways like acquiring an open-source learning management system (LMS). A SaaS System cost breakdown may look like something like this: It’s really common for a lot of organizations to acquire an open source learning management system as their first LMS.

Why the Real Cost of Your Learning Management System is Probably Higher Than You Think

Absorb LMS

Calculating the Total Cost of a Learning Management System That house I purchased was in many ways like acquiring an open-source learning management system (LMS). Many organizations that do select an open-source learning management system as their first LMS are facing inevitability.

7 Reasons Why You Should Consider Migrating to a Cloud-based LMS

ProProfs

Unlike an open source LMS, where you have to set-up a server based on the number of expected users and gather a dedicated team to implement, manage and maintain the system, the cloud-based LMS is extremely quick and easy to implement.

3 Critical LMS Selection Questions

LearnDash

Does your organization want to pay monthly for a third party to host and manage the LMS, or do you prefer to have complete control of it on your own hosting/servers? Other open source solutions (such as Moodle) allow you to customize as needed too, albeit a bit more labor-intensive.

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HTML5: Standardize on MP4 (mostly)

ICS Learning

And so now, again about a year later, we find that with Cisco’s recent contribution of their h.264 codec to the open-source community, Mozilla now has a way to integrate that codec support into their browsers (in a away they are comfortable with). There’s nothing standardized yet but ‘HTTP Live Streaming’ (“HLS”), developed by Apple, seems to have the lead…though there are several potential streaming protocol options integrated with a variety of media servers and end-clients.

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.

MOODLE vs CANVAS : FEATURE COMPARISON

Paradiso

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.

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?

The Main Types of LMS to Have in Mind

Melon Learning

Free (open source) vs Commercial (closed source). Often one of the first decisions that an organization has to face when choosing an LMS is whether to go for a free/open-source platform or a commercial (closed source) solution.

Why Wikis Are Conquering the Enterprise

Tony Karrer

It's kinda like Web Servers, Open Source and other technologies creeping into the enterprise through the back door because it provides value, can be done by workgroups without corporate sponsorship, and provides immediate value Found via 7 Days and More , interesting article on InternetNews.com - Why Wikis Are Conquering The Enterprise by Michael Hickins.

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