We had a good look at the 2008 LMS survey undertaken by the E-Learning Guild and its finding on analysis on its use and efficiency in relation to Moodle LMS. It came as little surprise to us that Moodle has become the most used LMS by organizations of all sizes or that it was the most cost-effective LMS to install and customize. On-going costs of Moodle were also the lowest per user, not surprising given Moodle is Open Source and licence free.There are slso good opensource lms like Mahara which is also Beautyfull.
Moodle has several features typical of an e-learning platform, plus some original innovations (like its filtering system). Moodle is very similar to a learning management system, but it has many more standard features. Moodle can be used in many types of environments such as in education, training and development and business settings.
Developers can extend Moodle's modular construction by creating plugins for specific new functionality. Moodle's infrastructure supports many types of plug-ins:
- Activities (including word and math games)
- Resource types
- Question types (multiple choice, true and false, fill in the blank, etc)
- Data field types (for the database activity)
- Graphical themes
- Authentication methods (can require username and password accessibility)
- Enrollment methods
- Content filters
Many freely-available third-party Moodle plugins make use of this infrastructure.
Moodlerooms and Google have worked together to build a state of the art integration. The 1.0 version of the integration provides:
- Moodle users are automatically created in Google Apps (Google Docs, Calendar and Gmail).
- When you log in to Moodle, you are automatically logged in to Google Apps.
- A Gmail block in Moodle displays your latest Gmail messages when you login to the Moodle Front Page.
- A Google Apps block on the Moodle Front Page displays links to your Google Start Page, Google Docs, Google Calendar and Gmail.
- A Google Widget shows a link to Moodle on the Google side.
Moodle has a powerful themes system that allows for a variety of effects through the use of XHTML and CSS.
- Themes may be selected at site level, course level and/or user level as long as the Moodle site has been configured to allow changes at these levels.
- Each page is individually-addressable via CSS, allowing you to pinpoint exact items.
- Our CSS class naming system uses simple English, is consistent and easily understood.
- New modules can tell Moodle what styles they need and automatically include these in the stylesheet.
- Themes can be based on the standard theme, which is very plain but functional. You simply override styles you want to change by adding to the stylesheet in your own theme. This means that if you upgrade Moodle later and new styles are needed, your custom theme will still work without any changes, because the new classes will be defined in the standard theme.
- Themes can also be based on any other theme. This allows you to easily create families of themes, or variations on a theme. For example you might create a spectrum of pastel shades for use in different courses, but with the same basic layout and logos. You may also want to create a family of differently-coloured themes for accessibility purposes.
Dokeos s an elearning and course management web application, translated in 31 languages, already helping thousands of organisations worldwide to manage learning and collaboration activities.
Dokeos bills itself as an ‘open source professional learning suite’. This comprises three core products: learning management system, rapid learning authoring tool and videoconferencing tool.
Maan groups deals with every aspect of DOKEOS deployment, from comprehensive customization , managed hosting and support to maintenance , training and documentation.
We offer wide-ranging look & feel customization services, including readymade Dokeos themes and component . We are known for our design and theme development skills and have contributed many open source themes to the community.
Hosting & Support
We offer Maneged hosting for Dokeos which includes setup, migration, support, upgradation services and more. We offer Monthly and annual support contracts to new and existing Dokeos deployments. Support services include troubleshooting, design and development, migration, upgradation, content conversion, content writing, training, product marketing and learning community building.
Courseware & coding
We offer comprehensive software development services. Our competent coding team can build into Dokeos any feature you require. We have built blocks, modules, quiz systems and reporting systems. Our content team is experienced in instructional design, rich media authoring and GIFT conversion. We can bulk convert and insert your courseware in Course Areas. Our courseware development service also covers graphic design of Course Areas.
- Dokeos is web based
- Dokeos software(14.8%)
- Creating and importing content. Tools: Introduction text, Documents, Links;
- Learners tutoring. Tools : Members, Tracking;
- Manage communication. Tools : Forums, Announcements, Groups, Drop box;
- Host learners' productions. Tool : Assignments;
- Create and import tests. Tools : tests;
- Describe and configure the course. Tools: Description, Course settings. Features : Hide / Show;
- Structure and import learning sequences. Tool: Learning paths.
- The formats pentagon
- Basic rules for space design
- Drop box
- Groups and members
- You let learners self-register;
- You fill groups at random;
- You fill groups manually, one person at a time.
- Building learning paths
- Class vs. ID attributes
- Incorporating DIV and SPAN tags
- Comparing inline and block styling e
Mahara is an open source ePortfolio and social networking web application. It provides users with tools to create and maintain a digital portfolio of their learning, and social networking features to allow users to interact with each other.
Mahara provides users with blogs, a resume builder, a file manager and a view creator - a tool to help users create arrangements of their content in a particular way for others to see.
Mahara supports the LEAP2A standard for importing and exporting data, allowing a user to take their content with them from one Mahara installation and import it into another. Limited interoperability exists between Mahara and other systems supporting the LEAP2A standard also.
Mahara requires Postgres database. If Mahara is installed from Ubuntu as package using "apt-get", the Postgres option is installed as default. If MySQL is to be used, it has to be enabled with the InnoDB option available.