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Chamilo advantages against other LMSes

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These were the support slides in the "Chamilo o Moodle, esta es la cuestión" conference organized by MENSA México in March 2013. It pinpoints and debunks myths that have been the tools of Moodle defender for the previous 2 years. Good support if you need to sell Chamilo against Moodle.

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Chamilo advantages against other LMSes

  1. 1. Introduction ● Yannick Warnier ● Belgium (24y), England (4y), Peru (5y) ● Founder of the Chamilo project ● Main dev until 2011 ● Chamilo Association president 2012-2014 ● Software Engineer ● Passion for IT in Education
  2. 2. The Chamilo project We believe that high quality and accessible tech tools can sublime* education (so were building them)* to sublime (in this case) = to transform in a radical way in comparison to how it works now
  3. 3. The Chamilo project We believe that high quality and accessible tech tools can sublime* education (so were building them)Accesible = free as in freedom + free as in beer
  4. 4. The Chamilo project We believe that high quality and accessible tech tools can sublime* education (so were building them)Accesible = free as in freedom + free as in beer + easy to use
  5. 5. Virtual circle Community 3.6M users 4500 portals Jobs E-learning +200 around the Easy to use world have Chamilo-focused jobs Association Partners 5 directors5 companies / 4 universities Role: Coordination + Boost collaboration + Free Software Defend freedom most important: Customizable / Without license costs
  6. 6. Teaching models● Who builds the course = who decides the model● Chamilo rejects imposing “the best” model● Social constructivism is not always the best
  7. 7. Free Chamilo Campus usage – until December 2012 ~12 countries do not use it
  8. 8. Popularity Growth in 12 months = 300% Source: version.chamilo.org/stats/
  9. 9. History ● Chamilo = fork of Dokeos = fork of Claroline ● Fork = same codebase, another philosophy ● Claroline (first public release): 2001 ● Dokeos 1.5: 2004 ● Chamilo 1.8.6.2: 2010 ● Some parts of Chamilo date back to 2001
  10. 10. History Excerpt of current Chamilo code, 2013 /** * Gets the last failure stored in $api_failureList; * * @author Hugues Peeters <hugues.peeters@claroline.net> * @param void * @return string - the last failure stored */ function api_get_last_failure() { global $api_failureList; return $api_failureList[count($api_failureList) - 1]; }
  11. 11. History: Conclusion (the codebase of) Chamilo builds on 12 years of expertise already
  12. 12. Features
  13. 13. Easy
  14. 14. How easy?● 1 day teachers training is enough (vs 5 days for others)● Many Chamilo users do not start e-learning with Chamilo – They come out of disgust for other LMSes● Creating a course: 2 clicks, one mandatory option● Uploading a document: 4 clicks● Friendly, coloured and meaningful iconography● International basic certification starting at US$20
  15. 15. Complete
  16. 16. 20 course tools● Wiki● Working groups● Assignments● Exercises/Exams● Learning paths● Gradebooks/Rubrics● Glossary● Documents● ...
  17. 17. Makes content building much easier
  18. 18. Makes content building much easier
  19. 19. More social
  20. 20. Extensible / Customizable without dev● 20 pre-integrated plugins● +300 configuration options for customization● Download / Upload of CSS styles● Theme changes (+templates available through code)● Quick integration of contributed modules to core● Automatic maintenance of modules
  21. 21. Interconectivity / Interoperability● Drupal● Joomla● PrestaShop (e-commerce)● OpenERP● BigBlueButton (videoconf)● Flash, MP3, OGG, WAV● SCORM / HotPotatoes / IMS/QTI● LDAP / CAS / Shibboleth / OpenID / Facebook
  22. 22. Web services Careers Courses Skills Chamilo OpenERP Drupal Academical systems
  23. 23. Participative
  24. 24. User care● Chamilo forum● 250-pages free manual in English● Public code and tasks repositories● Global events in videoconference● Local events● Continental community coordinators● Global communications manager● Chamilo Event Latinamerica 2013: 4/05/2013 – chamiluda.org● Chamilo Event Europe 2013: 17-18/10/2013 – chamilo.org
  25. 25. Powerful
  26. 26. Load resistant?● Max reached in Chamilo LMS portals – 3,500 simultaneous users – 580,000 registered users – 19,000 courses – 420,000 sessions – 7,000,000 “attendances”● Measurments of resource usage – 14MB RAM per full page load (vs 40MB for other LMS) – Entire package is 60MB to download (minified version available) – Runs on an XO laptop (One Laptop per Child project) with minor modifications
  27. 27. Contact Yannick Warnier President Chamilo Association e-mail: info@chamilo.org @ywarnier @chamilonoticiasThis presentation is available under the Creative Commons BY-SA license. Author: Yannick Warnier

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