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. 10 years ago we would occasionally cross paths with corporate LMS buyers who were evaluating commercial systems side-by-side with open source platforms. Early open source learning systems were viable for academic applications. Vendors: Read that market size statistic again and let it sink in.).

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. Conversely, closed-source software (also referred to as proprietary software) does not share their code. Open-Source vs. Closed-Source LMS: What’s the Difference? Myth: #1: Open-Source Platforms Lack Security.

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Open Source is Not Cheap, Leave Alone Free

Upside Learning

We’ve known this all along that Open Source is never cheap, leave alone free. In an attempt to advise our clients to choose an Open Source LMS after doing proper home-work, we have written these articles: The Real Cost of Free (Open Source) LMS. The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS. Recently a colleague of mine pointed me to the prices of Moodle and a re-branded Moodle being offered by a leading vendor in the UK.

Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source?

Challenge to Learn

Blackboard is one of the largest LMS vendors in the world and is considered state enemy #1 in the Moodle community. Moodlerooms and Netspot are official Moodle partners and will together generate well over 50% of the total partner revenue of Moodle (which is by far their largest source of revenue). Blackboard has taken an interest in open source since a few years, but they where focusing on Sakai (another open source LMS).

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.

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. That justifies the name ‘open source’. We are going to rain on your parade a little by giving you a deeper insight into your potential use of the open source LMS.

Why You Should Choose an Open Source eLearning Platform?

Pinlearn

However, here, I am aiming to drive a little deeper and explain why you should choose an open-source eLearning software for your company. In short, we will see how an open-source eLearning platform can make thing easier and implement cutting-edge training and development programs in an organization. What is an open-source learning management system? To understand open source eLearning software, let’s take the example of Android.

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.

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.

The Right Way To Go About Open Source LMS

Upside Learning

As responses to a recent post where I listed f ive things not to do while selecting an LMS I received a couple of queries about using an Open Source LMS, customizing it to suit the requirements and if it is advisable to do so. There were also questions around the best approach to use an open source LMS and on how to estimate the amount of maintenance such might require on an ongoing basis. A lot has already been written about open source LMSs in multiple contexts.

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).

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. KEY TAKEAWAYS: Open source learning platforms like Moodle have driven closed source LMS vendors to reduce their price points dramatically over the years. Open source learning systems are widely used.

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. Additionally, an open-source LMS offers more customization, functionality, and other benefits compared to closed-source software because of its flexible nature. Moodle LMS: Open-Source Learning for Everyone.

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? With an opensource LMS you’re enabling support for your eLearning ideas and goals to extend beyond the means of your host alone and expand its reach to partners, fellow clients and developers. .

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 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.

Pros and cons: proprietary, open-source, and cloud-based LMS

Matrix

Plus, the source code is not made available to clients, which means that customizing your internal learning portal is closer to a dream than to reality. Open-source LMS. Open-source learning platforms revolutionized the business education arena by focusing on teaching and pedagogy on top of the technical proper functioning of the system. An open-source LMS is easy to use and also customizable. Remember the rotary phone?

HT2 Labs Announce Learning Locker Open Source Awards for Innovation

HT2 Labs

Oxford, UK: HT2 Labs reveal the opening of the Learning Locker® Open Source Awards 2019; for both Open Source and Enterprise users of the Learning Locker LRS. For the first time at HT2 Labs, success stories within the global Learning Locker® Community are to be celebrated with the Learning Locker® Open Source Awards 2019. If your organization has a story of success they’d like to share, then registration and submissions for the awards are now open.

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.

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.

Other Open Source LMS Solutions

eLearning 24-7

Here is a list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. Part two discusses some pros vs. cons on Moodle and open source LMS/LCMS in general. Open Elms - Support for articulate, captivate, targets business. Olat - IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform. Tags: LCMS LMS Moodle Open Source Uncategorized e-learning elearning

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.

UPDATED: Other Open Source LMS Solutions

eLearning 24-7

A list of other Open Source LMS vendors, besides Moodle. Ectolearning – Open learning environment, with collaboration tools plus LMS – for Education/academia. Open LMS. Open Elms - Support for articulate, captivate, targets business. Olat - IMS Learning Impact ‘Leadership Award’ 2009 for best open source learning platform. Tags: LCMS LMS Moodle Open Source Uncategorized e-learning elearning joomla

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.

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.

eLearning Security: How to Keep Data Protected in Your Open Source LMS

eThink Education

Your prospective customers, clients, partners, vendors, and employees need to feel assured that any private information shared or recorded is kept safe from hackers , competitors, or other threats. . On the Moodle or Totara Learn opensource LMS platform s , there are 6 layers of protection. To the contrary, administrators can “open up” a site by allowing email-based self-registration which allow users to create their own accounts.

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. Obvious Choice are an Elearning vendor offering a number of innovative products such as Thrive, a Learning Playlist Platform, and Baseline, a Micro-Learning distribution tool.

What You Missed at TRYxAPI – ATD ICE

MakingBetter

What Nick and the team have put together is a highly usable and useful means to understand not only what xAPI does for businesses — it identifies the open source tools that are freely available for people to use on their own to literally try xAPI in their own organizations with a blueprint for how to replicate those case studies. Community Experience API / "Tin Can" Open SourceRiptide Software hosted a fantastic event on Saturday for the launch of TRYxAPI.com.

"Appcelerator Updates Open Source Alternative To Adobe Air" (Information Week)

Mark Oehlert

( story link ) " Open source software vendor Appcelerator has delivered the second preview release (PR2) of its rich Internet application platform for developers, called Titanium. As a way to help groups of developers collaborate more efficiently, the company has also thrown into PR2 Titanium Developer, social media and communications tools such as Twitter, FriendFeed, and a chat capability."

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. This being said, how to choose the right LMS vendor for your organizational goals? These benefits will also help you shortlist the right vendor from your LMS vendors list: Some of the benefits of a LMS (Learning Management System) are: 1.

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! magazines’ reader community via an open-ended online ballot. And, to be named a category winner is a true testament to the vendor’s product and service excellence.”. ELearning!

Thank you! eFront LMS is a finalist at Best of Elearning! 2013 Awards

eFront

Epignosis, the global vendor of Enterprise, Cloud and Open Source learning management systems, has been shortlisted at this year’s Best of Elearning! 2013 Awards in the category ‘Best Open Source Solutions.’. Magazine’s reader community and users of elearning products and services via an open-ended online ballot. eLearning Learning News Open Source Tools learning management system LMS

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. Annual cost of hosting with a hosting vendor was cheaper than licensing options with commercial vendors. Professional support available through numerous support vendors. Did Kronos want open source or proprietary?

Open Source E-Learning vs. bundled vs. merging vs. stand-alone

The Learning Circuits

Will content vendors merge with other content, or with tools? Now there is open source. There are a lot of e-learning things. LMSs, LCMSs, Virtual Classroom Tools. Online courses on Windows and biology 101 and ethics. The question used to be, what would be bundled? Would EPSs bundle LMSs? Would IM bundle virtual classrooms. Then the question is, what will be merged/acquired. Which LMSs and LCMSs will merge?

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.