Learning Management Systems to Look Out For

How to Choose a Learning Management System that’s Best for You

After deciding the type of license (cloud-based or open) you’re going to go for, consider the following: pricing models, customer type, specification support and additional features. Here’s a comprehensive list of the top 5 open-source learning management systems that are available in the market today.

1. MOODLE

Moodle is a widely known open-source learning management system. It provides detailed guidelines on how to set up your very own LMS, along with tips on creating online training courses and teaching with Moodle. Moreover, it features a platform for large communities of Moodle users to interact with each other on various topics and is completely free of charge.

Moodle comes with extensive tutorials on many different aspects of LMS, such as installation, setting up courses, quick guides for administrators and teachers, activity setup, learner progress tracking, and mobile application guidelines. Moodle also features a forum that provides tips on a variety of topics, from installation and upgrades to teaching, along with a comprehensive list of terms users may not be familiar with. The download section also offers extensive plugins, and interactive themes and activities.

2. ELIADEMY

Eliademy features a sophisticated interface and many features that are also found in cloud-based learning management system solutions, along with a free version that showcases amazing tools to help you in developing your eLearning course. All this highly automated open-source LMS requires is for you to provide online training material; ready-made material can also be uploaded, along with online training content from websites such as Slideshare or Prezi, and YouTube videos from 160 other sources.

Eliademy also comes with an entire section dedicated to pre-existing courses. Some of these are free while others entail an enrolment fee. Another attractive aspect is that online learners can obtain a certificate upon completing the course, either online or in printed form, which they can share on LinkedIn and other social media platforms.

3. FORMA.LMS

Unlike other learning management systems that focus on academic training, Forma.LMS is a free open-source LMS that mainly targets online training. It hence allows online facilitators to control each and every feature of a course, such as attendance, locations for every online training meeting, and an online calendar for scheduling meetings.

Forma.LMS enables users to make online reports on learner performance and course statistics, which can directly be exported to Excel or sent to the desired online learners. Moreover, users can also create ‘skills gap analysis’ to supervise and evaluate the skills of online learners.

4. ILIAS

Usually applauded for its versatility, scalability, customization options and responsive designs on various devices, Ilias was the first open-source learning management system to be SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004 compliant. It is considerably customizable in terms of its eLearning features, themes and the parameters users can specify for online learners to modify.Also, Ilias offers major flexibility when considering the number of users that can be supported, ranging from a small number to a few thousand.

5. OPIGNO

Opignois a SCORM 2004 and Tin Can (xAPI) compliant open-source LMS that offers immense efficiency with regards to course and role management, collaborative and integrative tools, and e-Commerce features. The collaborative features provided by Opigno include chat, to-do lists, learner workspaces, a personal messaging system, screen and file sharing, and recording. The list of integrative features is equally long – SCORM 2004, Tin Can (xAPI), Apache Solr, LDAP (Active Directory) and CAS, H5P integration is also provided by Opigno.