eLearning Resources & Tools

Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning Projects to Watch for 2012

Nowadays small and medium size organizations (SMEs), educational institutions, and independent consultants struggle to adopt an expensive eLearning solution. This is why I created the following list with the Top 10 Free and Open Source eLearning projects for 2012 that will help you implement a low cost eLearning solutions
 => Please leave a comment if you would like me to include another Free or Open Source eLearning project that needs to be mentioned!


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Fedena – The best way to manage your school or college
Fedena is a multipurpose school/campus management software which is used by thousands of educational institutions worldwide for all administration and management related activities. It helps you manage student, teacher databases and all other activities online.

VoiceThread – collaborative presentations by collecting comments.
With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install.

Voki – a free service that allows you to create personalized speaking avatars and use them on your blog, profile, and in email messages.
Voki enables users to express themselves on the web in their own voice using a talking character. You can customize your Voki to look like you or take on the identity of lots of other types of characters… animals, monsters, anime etc. Your Voki can speak with your own voice which is added via microphone, upload, or phone.

Wallwisher – an online noticeboard maker.
Wallwisher is an Internet application that allows people to express their thoughts on a common topic easily.

Mindmeister – a collaborative mind mapping tool.
Collaborative web-based tool supporting unlimited simultaneous users. Users can create, edit and share maps on the Web.

eFront – an open source LMS
A 2.0 award winning learning system, SCORM 2004 4th edition certified, bundled with key enterprise functionality ranging from skill-gap analysis and branch management to tailor-made reports. ELearning Media Group announced eFront as Best of ELearning! 2011 with the Award of Excellence in the following two categories: 1. Best Learning Management System – eFront Enterprise, and 2. Best Open Source Solution.

Annotum – Share what you know and write a knol!
An open-source, open-process, open-access scholarly authoring and publishing platform based on WordPress.

Storybirds – Collaborative storytelling
Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. They’re curiously fun.

Screenr – online screencasting tool
Screenr’s web-based screen recorder makes it a breeze to create and share your screencasts around the web. Just click the record button, capture your screen & voice, and share the link.

GeoGebra – Free mathematics software for learning and teaching
GeoGebra is free and multi-platform dynamic mathematics software for all levels of education that joins geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus in one easy-to-use package. It has received several educational software awards in Europe and the USA.

  • The title should be "Free *or* Open Source" as most of them are not open source but SaaS solutions (Software as a Service), which is completely different when it comes to integrating in a closed network or offline, or when you want to adapt the solution to your needs.

    Interesting list of resources anyway, thanks.

  • Hi Beeznest,

    Thank you very much for your comment!

    Have a wonderful day,
    Christopher Pappas

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  • Guys,

    There is only one solution missing here in Open Source Campus Management, feature for feature equivalent if not better than PeopleSoft Campus


    Good analysis….

  • Waithaka Ngigi

    I would like to also point out a leading open source campus management solution, A1 Academia (academia.a1.io)

    As comprehensive as the leading proprietary CMS

  • Joseph

    These all look awesome, especially the voicethread. I’ll need to check it out.

  • kin

    Thanks for the article..

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  • STPL
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  • Thanks for providing such a meaningful information. it is realy important suggested application for school management that reduce the workload. Here i suggest you one of great android application “TechVidyalay” that is specially designed for this purpose where you can try free demo of this application
    For more information visit: http://www.techvidyalay.com

  • Relja

    i would like to offer to my potential users to learn Slavic languages. Does somebody recomends some e-Learning solution which enables me to offer to my clients my language lessons?

  • The best school management software under top 10 in open source is also SchoolTime

  • Hafa rajpoot

    appreciate your work
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  • kevin

    Thanks for sharing the information about open source elearning portal. It has been very helpful. I also have the Same portal please check. school management software india