We know that Paradiso is great in many proposes as education and corporate, but, what about the open sources?
Hi Will, good question. If you want to run and manage your online courses, as well as keep tracking the performance of your users, and you don’t have much budget, an Open Source LMS serves the purpose. It helps you create and launch your eLearning courses quickly, especially if you are willing to take the time to master all of its features.
Some of the most popular Open Source LMS used mostly for education institutions are Moodle LMS, Canvas, and Totora.
You must know that Open-source LMS means that you have complete control and access to the LMS code for free. But you have to understand that you would need hosting, a technical team that helps you with customization to adapt the platform according to your needs. On the other hand, you won’t have dedicated support in case the platform fails or breaks (any way you can easily find information from helpdesk and different communities).
If you don’t want to deal with these inconveniences, you should think on a Cloud-based LMS.
Some of the main benefits that you can enjoy by getting an Open Source LMS are:
- It is easy to get going from the word go. In spite of not having dedicated support, users can quickly find the information that interests and helps them.
- UI is easy to use and friendly.
- Open-source LMS gives the freedom of owning the entire source code. Your programmers can manipulate the code to change how the software looks on the front end. You can make as many custom work as you need to.
- More control over what you want or don’t want from the software.
Hope this can help.
The maximum open source, for excellence, has been Moodle since years and years, but nowadays the game is changing and the possibilities are getting open to a new offer. The eLearning market understood that there are a lot of companies that want to offer a fully customized experience to their users, providing singular possibilities to interact, communicate and surf over it.
The big problem using an open source, as you may know, is the requirement in engineering. The open sources are platforms where you can start working and creating whatever you want using a platform base, but if you don’t know a minimum of programming language the possibilities are null.
That’s why as personal advice I recommend an LMS that provides a high customization capability, full-time support and a lot of integrations. That way you will have a platform that fits your needs without worrying about investing in engineering team or specialist. About this topic, you can read this blog which gives an overview of what to do in these cases, and what is the best road to take for your eLearning projects.
Finally answering your question in a quick way, I recommend you to use Moodle, WordPress or Paradiso white label LMS. Those three options are good and offer a starting point for your projects if you are looking for an open source to manipulate and create.