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The advantages and disadvantages of using an Open-Source Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Moodle, in institutions of higher education

The advantages and disadvantages of using an Open-Source Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Moodle, in institutions of higher education

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  • Proprietary software is computer software which is the legal property of one party. The terms of use for other parties is defined by contracts or licensing agreements. These terms may include various privileges to share, alter, dissemble, and use the software and its code. In the free software movement the term is used for software that may not be used, modified and distributed according to the definitions of free software or for which the source code is not available. GNU General Public License
  • prominent A-Tutor is unique for its accessibility features, (useful to visually-impaired and disabled learners- complies completely with the accessibility specifications of W3C WCAG 1.0 at the AA+ level Standards association stamp
  • Differ  by Learner Tools Communication Tools Discussion Forums File Exchange Internal Email Online Journal/Notes Real-time Chat Video Services Whiteboard   Productivity Tools Bookmarks Orientation/Help Searching Within Course Calendar/Progress Review Work Offline/Synchronize   Student Involvement Tools Groupwork Self-assessment Student Community Building Student Portfolios   Support Tools Administration Tools Authentication Course Authorization Registration Integration Hosted Services Course Delivery Tools Course Management Instructor Helpdesk Online Grading Tools Student Tracking Automated Testing and Scoring Curriculum Design Accessibility Compliance Course Templates Curriculum Management Customized Look and Feel Instructional Standards Compliance Instructional Design Tools Content Sharing/Reuse   Technical Specifications Hardware/Software Client Browser Required Database Requirements Server Software UNIX Server Windows Server   Pricing/Licensing Company Profile Costs Open Source Optional Extras Software Version
  • perception and policy yearly cost of licensing license restriction against customizing While the product is free, the overall cost of running an Open Source product is not zero
  • we cannot interface directly to the backend database of Blackboard without breaking terms and conditions of purchase. We wish to do this to reduce the administration overhead of maintaining student accounts on blackboard. There is no technical reason why this cannot be done, the database is able to be queried and modified. However, as Moodle is Open Source, we were able to apply a middle-tier system to load students directly from our SMS (Student Management System) into the MySQL database of Moodle. This is huge time saving for the eLearning administration staff. Interface between the Student Management System and the LMS
  • flexibility
  • Moodle is designed to help educators create online courses with opportunities for rich interaction. Its open source license and modular design means that people can develop additional functionality. Development is undertaken by a globally diffused network of commercial and non-commercial users, streamlined by the Moodle company based in Perth, Western Australia.
  • The problem resolution procedures between the systems are quite different. With a closed system like Blackboard usually, the problem is logged or ticketed and then someone is assigned to your problem. With an Open Source system such as Moodle you need to search the user forums and if no one else has had the same problem, you then submit your problem to the forum hoping that someone can help. This can sometimes be problematic; more so if the problem is critical

Open Source Versus Proprietary  L M S Open Source Versus Proprietary L M S Presentation Transcript

  • Learning Management Systems Open Source versus Proprietary software Danit Isaacs Department of Technologically-Enhanced learning May 6 2009 Ariel, Israel Mathematical Olympiad; Mathematical Competitions Workshop
  • Learning Management System (LMS) Black Board WebCT SharePointLMSJoomlaLMS High Learn Moodle Sakai A-Tutor
    • Learner Tools
      • (Communication Tools , Productivity Tools , Student Involvement Tools (  
    • Support Tools
      • (Administration Tools , Course Delivery Tools , Curriculum Design )  
    • Technical Specifications
      • (Hardware / Software)
    •   Pricing/Licensing
  • Learning Management System (LMS) Black Board WebCT SharePointLMSJoomlaLMS High Learn Moodle Sakai A-Tutor Proprietary software Open Source
  • Overall cost of running an Open Source product
    • Open Source software package, requires a set of applications (platform running Linux, Apache, MySQL PHP)
    • IT Support staff needs to establish experience in administering and maintaining such systems.
    • GPL licensing provides opportunities for localized integration of the LMS with other systems.(time saving for the administration staff)
    • Rather than cost, Open Source L.M.S
    • “ the key appeal of open source software is that it avoids vendor lock-in and gives buyers the freedom to choose what to do and when to do it”
    • Scavo (2004)
  • Moodle
    • Free, open-source, e-learning software platform
    • significant user base with 49,256 registered sites with 28,177,443 users in 2,571,855 courses (Wikipedia , 2009)
    • Users can develop additional functionality
    • Development is undertaken by a globally diffused network of commercial and non-commercial users
    • Moodle has been developed from a constructivist philosophy model.
  • The Downside of an Open Source L.M.S
    • Problem resolving procedures
    • EduTools
    • Course Management System Comparisons
    • http://www.edutools.info/static.jsp?pj=8&page=HOWTO#compare