A Learning Management System (LMS), which in Italian can be translated into a learning management system, is an essential tool for eLearning professionals. It essentially allows courses to be delivered in eLearning mode.
There are several LMS platforms: both commercial and free. In this article, we will look at 5 open-source online learning platforms.
ezTalks Meetings is a video conferencing software for eLearning and training. The platform has advanced technology to provide a new conference communication solution that makes eLearning better and easier. And it also helps to reduce costs of conference with effective communication.
There are many beneficial features in ezTalks Meetings, such as screen sharing, video streams, and VoIP technology which make communication efficient and seamless. It also provides simple and free access for common users via web browsers and easy joining from anywhere. With above all features, ezTalks Meetings can help to increase productivity, flexibility and efficiency through more efficient participation.
Therefore, ezTalks Meetings can give a perfect eLearning solution for those who want to experience new atmosphere of learning through powerful software.
Moodle (the Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is undoubtedly one of the most popular and complete open source LMS. It includes a user-friendly administration system, learners’ learning tracking tools and, of course, media support.
A great Moodle shape is the presence of a very large user community, which guarantees continuous system upgrades, timely resolution of any bug, and the presence of a very active supporting community.
Moodle allows you to create eLearning courses for mobile devices (although this feature depends on the graphic template you choose) and to implement additional features through third-party add-ons (such as modules, plugins, blocks, etc.).
Additionally, for those who want to sell their online courses, Moodle integrates the PayPal payment system that makes the checkout process simple and fast.
A Tutor is a distance learning platform developed by the Adaptive Technology New Source Center at Toronto University, very attentive to accessibility issues and standards compliance.
One of the most important strengths of ATutor is the ease of installation and use, making it an ideal partner for those who want to approachthe eLearning world without having much experience / expertise.
ATutor is extensively customizable, both from an aesthetic point of view (for example by changing the look of the platform through specific graphics templates) and functional, with additional components.
Form LMS is a Docebo fork, which inherits the strength of the latter and implements enhancements over Docebo, particularly with regard to functionality, stability and performance.
It is a totally Italian project, maintained in networks of 4 different companies.
Form LMS provides all the tools needed to manage users, groups, and classes, enables automatic generation of certificates, sells online courses, supports learner tracking (and related reporting). And it can handle multiple instances from a single installation (even with different administrators).
Definitelyto keep in mind, given the youthfulness of the project (the first version of Form LMS was released at the end of 2013).
ILIAS (acronym for Integrated Learning, Information and Work Cooperation System) was first released in 1997 by the University of Cologne, in Germany. In 2000, it was released as an open source eLearning software under the GPL license.
The idea behind ILIAS is to provide a flexible, versatile and scalable environment. It also holds the first open source LMS that is SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 compliance.
ILIAS can be used as a flexible course manager, as an authoring eLearning tool and also as a collaboration and communication platform. For these features, it is used in many companies, schools and universities.
OLAT (acronym for Online Learning and Training) was born in 1999 at the University of Zurich. In 2011, some OLAT community collaborators, due to a change of course in the development process of the platform, created a tool named OpenOLAT.
OpenOLAT, unlike all LMSs considered in this article, is written in JAVA.
OpenOLAT strikes for its simple and intuitive operation and provides a wide range of opportunities for educational institutions. Architecture is designed for minimal resource consumption, scalability, and security to ensure high reliability of the system.
In our opinion, a LMS should have core objectives such as self-learning, blended learning, active learning, and the eLearning community.
Based on these features, we identified four products that not only meet these requirements but also offer high design standards; Are, in the order, ezTalks Meetings, Moodle, ILIAS and ATutor.
Obviously our “ranking” is based on an “aseptic” rating of the features and without taking into account the specific context in which a given LMS will be used. The definitive choice must of course depend on the analysis of the requirements, the training needs to be met and the educational objectives to be pursued.
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