Top 10 Open Source e-Learning Projects to Watch for 2011

2011 is the e-Learning year! Traditional instructor led training is expensive and, in some cases, difficult to track its effectiveness. e-Learning is the only solution for organizations to save time and money and benefit from just-in-time training, faster learning, consistent instruction, higher levels of retention, greater levels of assessment, no travel expense, and no need for a classroom!

However, nowadays small and medium size organizations struggle to adopt an expensive e-Learning solution. This is why I created the following list with the Top 10 open source e-Learning projects for 2011 that will help you implement a low cost e-Learning solution.


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App Inventor – (mLearning)
App Inventor for Android allows people with minimal programming experience to create simple, personal apps for Android devices. You can create a quiz app to assess your employees knowledge.

BigBlueButton – (Web Conferencing)
BigBlueButton is built for Higher Education. It enables universities and colleges to deliver a high-quality learning experience to remote students. The project is hosted at Google Code.

eFront – (LMS)
eFront is a user friendly Open Source Learning Management System, visually attractive and SCORM certified! eFront enables “community learning” and supports the principles of “collective knowledge”.

CamStudio – (Authoring Tool)
CamStudio is able to record all screen and audio activity on your computer and create industry-standard AVI video files and using its built-in SWF Producer can turn those AVIs into lean, mean, bandwidth-friendly Streaming Flash videos (SWFs).

LAMS – (Authoring Tool)
LAMS is a revolutionary new tool for designing, managing and delivering online collaborative learning activities. It provides teachers with a highly intuitive visual authoring environment for creating sequences of learning activities.

Xerte – (Authoring Tool)
The Xerte Project provides a full suite of open source tools for e-Learning developers and content authors producing interactive learning materials.

MLOAT – (Authoring Tool)
Multimedia Learning Object Authoring Tool enables content experts to easily combine video, audio, images and texts into one synchronized learning object. All assets are configured to be played back in a pre-configured order.

eXe – (Authoring Tool)
The eXe project developed a freely available Open Source authoring application to assist teachers and academics in the publishing of web content without the need to become proficient in HTML or XML markup.

ClassTools.net – (Authoring Tool)
Create free educational games, quizzes, activities and diagrams in seconds! Host them on your own blog, website or intranet! No signup, no passwords, no charge!

OpenMeetings – (Web Conferencing)
OpenMeetings is a free browser-based software that allows you to set up instantly a conference in the Web. You can use your microphone or webcam, share documents on a white board, share your screen or record meetings.

by Christopher Pappas M.B.A., M.Ed.  

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