Open Source LMS

A software developed by and for

the user community

 

An open source LMS proves to be one of the most essential tools for eLearning professionals. Many a times, what they need is

a robust and versatile LMS that can accommodate your eLearning development needs, for which an open source LMS

serves the purpose. It helps you create and deploy eLearning courses quickly, especially if you are willing to take

the time to master all of its features. Many a times, it happens that an open source LMS comes along with a

learning curve, however the eventual cost-savings and design freedom is all worth it in the end. This is

the best summary of the pros and cons of an open source LMS. If you have questions about open

source “LMSs” or are curious to see if they suit your needs, read on.

Pros of Open Source LMS

Ready to Use

Ready to Use

Open source LMS is easy to get going from the word go. The best part? There is a wealth of “how to” documents and support tutorials provided to assist in the usage. They deliberately keep the navigation is easy, so that the visitors could quickly find the information that interests them, without the potentially frustrating “hunt.”

Simple UI, better UX

Open source LMS has a UI that is simple yet robust in terms of features and capabilities. Besides ease of use, the UI is navigation friendly and logical. Usually open source LMS portray a familiar UI with interface elements acting in a certain way, i.e. they try to be consistent and predictable in their choices and layout.

Simple UI, better UX
Provision of Instant Results

Provision of Instant Results

An Open source LMS can provide instant feedback to the learners. To cite an example, if a learner has to take a test and is practicing for that, he can enter his responses to the questions, and the opens source LMS will immediately tell him whether his response was correct or not. It goes a step further and also the potential reasons for a wrong answer.

Access to the Entire Code

Open source LMS gives the freedom of owning the entire source code. Code is that part of the software that is on the backend, and the users don’t ever get to see. It’s the programmers who can manipulate the code to change how the software looks on the front end. By bringing about changes in the code, one can improve the software by adding a few features to it or fixing parts that don’t always work correctly.

Access to the Entire Code
More Control on the Software

More Control on the Software

Open source LMS is the preferred option for many, as they have more control on what they want or don’t want from the software.

Open Source LMS

Ideal for Corporates, Training Institutes, Education/K12 Training!

Cons of Open Source LMS

Open Source doesn’t mean Free

No. It is a common misconception that ‘open source’ means free. If you want to bring in customizations, you’ll need programmers who’d charge money for installation, changes or troubleshooting the software. This way, you ultimately end up paying a moolah, despite the fact that you got the software free of charge. Ultimately, the total cost of ownership (TCO) is actually higher for an open source LMS than it would be with a wholly commercial platform.

Open Source doesn't mean Free
You just can’t use Open Source out of the Box

You just can’t use Open Source out of the Box

The basic install of an open source LMS doesn’t give you the privilege to start using it as soon as it gets downloaded. The reason, open source LMSs aren’t simply that sophisticated. The basic install, that includes a web server, the database and the installation, is never enough on an enterprise level. For additional themes or activities, you need to search for them on the internet. And a majority of times, these are free and open source code too.

Lack of Dedicated Support or Training

Open source LMS doesn’t have a dedicated team assigned to provide support or training to its users. However, it’s not that they don’t have any documentation online. The documents are there out in the digital world, provided by the user and developer community. Also, the digital data available is updated daily and keeps abreast of the latest developments as they happen. However, if the user doesn’t know where to look out for information, he would be lost in the open source maze.

Lack of Dedicated Support or Training
Unpredictable Future of the Product

Unpredictable Future of the Product

Users that rely on the open source LMS for critical tasks can’t be sure if the programs they use won’t disappear or break, if there happens to be a case where the original creators have stopped working on them. So to say, an open source LMS isn’t the most reliable when thinking of opting for it in the long run. In addition, As you own the code for running the open source LMS, you’re responsible for its upkeep. Meaning you need to maintain the site yourself, or have someone do it for you.

As the best bet, we bring to you Paradiso LMS. It packs in the best of both worlds because our LMS has the functionalities of an

open source LMS as our foundation and some additional features built around it, that takes it to the next level. Paradiso LMS

is definitely the game changer in the LMS market, as it parades some fantastic features like gamification, multi-tenancy,

while supporting SCORM, Tin Can API and AICC compliance. It has the robustness you expect from an enterprise LMS,

while displaying an easy to use and intuitive user interface. It is also cost-effective, because we have extended

the open source platform to be specifically aligned to the needs of workplace as well as academic learning.

For more specific insight into whether Paradiso LMS is right for your organisation – just ask us!

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