Wednesday, March 9

Open Source LMSs

I am just curious what people have found in terms of open-source LMSs. Are there any good ones?


Anonymous said...

Have you tried moodle.

Anonymous said...


Jane Bozarth said...

I know of several people, and one state government, currently happily using Moodle. Others with good word of mouth are Claroline and A-Tutor. Depending on your needs you can also purpose an online community, like a Yahoo group, for simple course management functions.

Harold Jarche said...

Follow the "OpenSource" links on my website:

Short list (my choices):

ATutor (& ACollab)

But watch out for new developments in Drupal, which is a "community plumbing" platform.

Dave Lee said...

I'd like to know a little more of why Moodle, Caroline, and A-Tutor are the cream of the crop? Functionality? Price? Flexibility? Social activism (not funding corporate pockets)?

And I'm totally curious about what a "community plumbing" platform is and what it can do for learning.

Jane, Harold and anonymous - please provide a little bit more information.

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Jane Bozarth said...

There's no price; the products are free. As my burning obsession is inexpensive e-learning I am always interested in open-source products. I don't know about political activism, but word is that the most of the open-source LMS products were developed by colleges who couldn't afford/refused to pay for the big-guns academic platform products. I don't have first-hand experience but trusted friends, and word of mouth, and public presence, all say Moodle is easy to install, works like it should, provides lots of functionality, and has extensive support (check the Moodle site for add-ons, discussion forums, help notes, etc.). I hear similar comments about the others, though they may not offer as much functionality. Also, just so you know: Claroline was developed in France and I've heard while it's good that there may be some language issues with installation and support. Anyone really interested can check any of the products' home sites for references, then go to the reference sites and see the products in action. And CHECK REFERENCES!

And PS: When you CHECK REFERENCES ask the right questions! Do not ask the user if they "like" the product. Ask what it's like to get help during off-hours, whether updates seem to happen efficiently and in a painless way, whether installation takes days or months, etc.

Anonymous said...

Have you tried GANESHA :

scorm and aicc compliant
in french, english, german, italian...

Harold Jarche said...

Dave: Sorry to take so long in responding.

Moodle - uses a constructivist model that allows learners to co-create their own content, also has an internal wiki and is multilingual.
Claroline - good system for Europeans and anyone not using English as their priamary development language.
ATutor - designed with accessibility in mind; really simple and includes collaborative (ACollab) and other add-ons. (I'm also biased because it's Canadian).
Drupal is not designed for learning specifically, but has collaborative story creation, book creation (like a wiki that you peel back), personal blogs, excellent internal search, a great community and much more.

Feature for feature, these OS platforms outperform proprietary systems for a fraction of the cost, so your budget can go towards supporting learning and performance.

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