Why Governments want Open Source Software

Lambda Solutions

A recent report co-published by Zimbra and the Ponemon Institute, The Open Source Collaboration Study: Viewpoints on Security and Privacy in the US and EMEA , confirmed the changing perceptions of open source software.

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.

Trending Sources

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.

Open scholarship

Learning with e's

There is much talk about openness in education. Most of us by now are familiar with open learning , and many could describe their use of open source software such as Moodle, Mahara, Linux and Open Office. How many though, are familiar with the concept of open scholarship?

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Mythbusters: Open Source Software Edition

Lambda Solutions

Open source software is used by some of the world’s top organizations, like McDonalds, the US Department of Defense, and Google. You don’t have to look hard to find out why, as the benefits of open source software are endless. Open source

MOOCs, open badges & the future of e-learning

E-Learning Provocateur

Another year of blogging draws to a close, this time dominated by the themes of MOOCs, open badges and the future of e-learning. Open badges. The past tense of open badges. Top 5 benefits of open badges for corporates.

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Open or shut?

Learning with e's

They are the open scholars. Increasing numbers of high profile academics (such as danah boyd and Martin Weller for example) are turning their backs on traditional methods of research dissemination, publishing their work exclusively on free-to-read open access platforms or on their blogs.

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Our Christmas opening hours

Unicorn Training

Wow it's that time of year again already!

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Top 5 benefits of open badges for corporates

E-Learning Provocateur

I’ve been blogging a lot about open badges lately. That really means I’ve been thinking a lot about open badges lately, as I use my blog as a sense-making platform. Open badges can motivate employees to learn. Open badges can credential in-house training.

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An Open LMS: CourseKit

Kapp Notes

A while back I posted on Facebook that LMSs were prisons for content because they tended to keep content inaccessible and unavailable for quick easy access. Well now their is a new kind of LMS that uses a Facebook type interface to conduct academic business. It’s called CourseKit.

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Calculating the ROI for an LMS: Open Source vs. Proprietary

Lambda Solutions

Open Source vs. Proprietary Learning Management Systems. We're looking at the key cost differences between closed or proprietary solutions, and open source solutions such as Moodle or Totara LMS.

How free is open? #EDENchat

Learning with e's

Follow the hashtag and join in the chat as we discuss issues around open learning and open scholarship. Questions will include: 1) Your own experiences of being an open scholar. 2) Can we be too open as scholars? 4) Is open content truly 'free'? How free is open?

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The open case

Learning with e's

Conversely, publishing in an open access journals can increase the audience dramatically. Essentially, because they are free and online, open access journals are read more widely. Online open access journals trump paper based journals every time in terms of amplification of ideas too.

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Open warfare #eden15

Learning with e's

It was good to sit Martin Weller in the hot seat recently, for a forthright discussion about various aspects of openness in education. I caught up with him in Barcelona at the 2015 summer EDEN Conference , where he had just given a keynote speech entitled 'The Battle for Open.'

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What We Learnt at the Open Source Open Society Conference 2015

Kineo

I recently had the opportunity to attended the Open Source Open Society Conference 2015 in Wellington, and the chance to hear keynotes from Chris Kelly from Github, Lillian Grace from WikiNZ and many other respected Open Source advocates.

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? Often this is true for open source LMSs.

Kineo Latin America is open for business

Kineo

Kineo is delighted to announce the launch of Kineo Latin America, providing a full range of digital learning services into the region.

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Why Top Organizations are Choosing Open Source LMS?

Lambda Solutions

Depending on which side of the fence you fall on, you are either in favor of open source learning management systems (LMS) or not. Being in the open source business for over 12 years now we have come to understand that it is a pretty polarized debate.

Open Source eLearning Tools

Tony Karrer

I was just asked about trends in open source for eLearning and particularly open source eLearning tools. In addition, she indicates if they are free or cost money – which is not quite the same thing as open source. Beyond that, probably the best thing to do is to use eLearning Learning to go through it’s open source eLearning and open source eLearning Tools. Probably one of the better sources on this is Jane Hart’s Instructional Tools Directory.

Open Source Does Not Mean Free. Moodle Anyone?

Upside Learning

Learning Management Cost Of Open Source LMS Free (Open Source) LMS Open Source Does Not Mean Free Open Source is Not Cheap open source LMS I constantly come across clients who seem to be very impressed by the free tag that Moodle comes with. It is both disappointing and funny at the same time. What clients fail to realize, initially at least, is that there’s no such thing as ‘free lunch’ And there will never be.

Opening the box

Learning with e's

For the second time in a few days I was back in Paris this week, where I experienced a sense of deja vu (surprisingly, the French have no word for this.)* I had been invited to speak at the American Research Society's International Conference on Education and Information Technology ( ICEIT 2016 ).

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The past tense of open badges

E-Learning Provocateur

Some commentators are heralding open badges as the nemesis of the college degree. Of course, open badges and college degrees are not mutually exclusive. In contrast, open badges are task oriented. I don’t quite see it that way. It is true they are uneasy bedfellows.

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Disruption Debate: Be open with change

Jane Hart

As part of Totara’s ongoing Disruption Debate series, Lars Hyland has been speaking to thought leaders and experts from the L&D world. A few weeks ago he talked to me, and this is the summary of that conversation that appears on their website. Social learning

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?

The Red House opens

Learning with e's

Tonight, along with more than one hundred others - supporters, parents, children and teachers - I saw the Red House officially opened by Sir Nicholas Serota , Director of the Tate Gallery. Instead of classrooms, the school features studios and other open, flexible and creative spaces.

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Could an Open Learning Platform Work for Your Company?

CLO Magazine

Enter open learning platforms. Rather than focusing solely on individual development, like traditional learning management systems do, open platforms allow CLOs to create a collaborative environment that involves employees, as well as current and prospective customers.

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.

Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source?

Challenge to Learn

Blackboard has taken an interest in open source since a few years, but they where focusing on Sakai (another open source LMS). Two news items about the takeover and the following creation of the ‘open source service group’ The third one is Sakai.

Be open

Learning with e's

In Lord of the Rings, the wizard Gandalf deliberated and wrestled long and hard to open the doors to the mines of Moria. In the story of Ali Baba and the 40 thieves, the mouth of the cave was opened by uttering the phrase ifta? ya simsim - 'Open Sesame'. So be open.

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Opening up #learning: Access to knowledge

Learning with e's

Learning is opening up like never before. Open learning was originally used to describe the opening up on education to previously disenfranchised individuals - those who had not followed the traditional pathways to education. As a concept, openness began to gain purchase.

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Enhance Your Mobile Learning Delivery with 7 Eye-openers.

G-Cube

mLearning has, slowly but surely, been creating a niche for itself in corporate training and learning. Even a decade ago mLearning was being created and utilized for learning – though sparingly. But in the past few years it has emerged as a sustainable learning platform.

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weeLearning – open source blended networking

weelearning

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to this week’s Learning Technologies Conference or Exhibition, one thing is guaranteed, you’re going to meet a lot of cool, interesting people. You may even end up down the pub with one or … Read more › events free stuff get involved

Using Open Badges to Recognize and Verify Learning

dVinci Interactive

Currently, IBM is adopting the Open Badges standard as an innovative way for IT professionals to validate their learning activities, skills and achievements. Organizations issue Open Badges and individuals earn and display them. Open Badges are certainly not exclusive to IBM.

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4 Learning Tech Scholarships Open for Application

ATD Learning Technologies

One of the industry’s custom e-learning development companies, eLearning.net, is awarding four scholarships for adult workers furthering their education in e-learning design, learning technologies, or instructional design.

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Opening up #learning: Forms and formats

Learning with e's

This was one of the first occasions when technology began to open up non-linear forms of content consumption. Knowledge can be negotiated using open repository systems such as wikis, blogs and discussion forums.

Top Open Source Learning Management Systems

Designing Digitally

There are many benefits involved with choosing an open source learning management system (lms) for your educational needs; starting with the ability to fully customize the software to your organization’s needs without having to purchase expensive licenses.

You cannot open a book without learning something. Confucius

Skillsoft

Do books still serve a purpose in today’s world? Skillsoft Books24x7 Books

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