Looking for open-source free LMS, preferably online

Hello articulate community,

We currently do not have an LMS to record assessment and evaluation results, nor track participant progress. Our aim is to build a business case for our business to invest in one, but in the meantime I was hoping to use a free open source LMS to assist in building this case by providing working demonstrations of the benefits. Prerferably one that is online/

Can anyone assist with some reccomendations? Please ask if you need more info from me.


Cheers
Damian


31 Replies
Jeanette Brooks

Hey Damian,

Dave Moxon did a nice little blog series not too long ago on open-source LMS options. These are the ones that he reviewed:

Moodle

Efront

Dokeo Campus

Docebo

Another good idea is to check into Articulate Online, which although it isn't free, you can get a 30-day free trial so that you can give it a test drive and try out all the reporting & tracking features. It's really easy to use, too.

Sarah Newman

Andrea - in your experience with CourseSites, were you able to record the scores of your Articulate/Storyline courses in the grade center? Did you have some other method of reporting? I found that CourseSites has been the easiest free LMS to figure out so far, but I haven't figured out where it actually stores the grading or completion info. Any and all advice is welcome!

Anne Seller

Hello Everyone,

I have a similar question as Sarah. I have developed my first Storyline module and have published it to LMS, but I don't know how to connect it with the course I set up in CourseSites. Ideally, I would like the students to complete the quizzes in the Storyline module and then for me to be able to see their results in the CourseSites course. If anyone has had success in this area, I would really appreciate your advice and suggestions. Thanks!

Dennis Hall

Jeanette Brooks said:

Hey Damian,

Dave Moxon did a nice little blog series not too long ago on open-source LMS options. These are the ones that he reviewed:

Moodle

Efront

Dokeo Campus

Docebo

Another good idea is to check into Articulate Online, which although it isn't free, you can get a 30-day free trial so that you can give it a test drive and try out all the reporting & tracking features. It's really easy to use, too.


Docebo is great, however, 4.5 was the last release before they went cloud based.

Dennis Hall

Dennis Hall said:

Jeanette Brooks said:

Hey Damian,

Dave Moxon did a nice little blog series not too long ago on open-source LMS options. These are the ones that he reviewed:

Moodle

Efront

Dokeo Campus

Docebo

Another good idea is to check into Articulate Online, which although it isn't free, you can get a 30-day free trial so that you can give it a test drive and try out all the reporting & tracking features. It's really easy to use, too.


Docebo is great, however, 4.5 was the last release before they went cloud based.


Correction... 4.6 was released, however, only of few of us got it before they stopped releasing it altogether.

Kristian Chartier

Hofmeyr de Vos said:

I've been using Moodle for testing my courses online, easy to set up and administrate.


I second @Hofmeyr de Vos' comment. It's relatively easy to set up - all you need is a WAMP server. If you're just looking to set something up as a proof of concept, you could download WAMPServer and then run Moodle off of /localhost

Scott Kaye

I have tried many different open source LMS solutions, and I always go back to Moodle. 

I have a server through namecheap hosting. With my admin panel for the server there is a product called softalicious. Using that product (free) and choosing moodle installs a full up to date moodle build on my server.

Basically costs me only the cost of hosting and the domain name (somewhere around 50$ a year)

Mark Woolwine

Anne Seller said:

Hello Everyone,

I have a similar question as Sarah. I have developed my first Storyline module and have published it to LMS, but I don't know how to connect it with the course I set up in CourseSites. Ideally, I would like the students to complete the quizzes in the Storyline module and then for me to be able to see their results in the CourseSites course. If anyone has had success in this area, I would really appreciate your advice and suggestions. Thanks!


Anne and Sarah,

I use Coursesites as my LMS for some projects I work on. I also use it to test my projects that I am working on before I upload them the main course. I have recorded two Screenr demos of how to publish your Storyline course as a SCORM package, upload it to Coursesites and then go in and view the student responses. Hope this helps.

Video on how to create and publish Storyline to Coursesites

Video on how to go in and see Learner Interactions.

OWEN HOLT

Mark Woolwine said:

 
Anne and Sarah,

 I use Coursesites as my LMS for some projects I work on. I also use it to test my projects that I am working on before I upload them the main course. I have recorded two Screenr demos of how to publish your Storyline course as a SCORM package, upload it to Coursesites and then go in and view the student responses. Hope this helps.

 Video on how to create and publish Storyline to Coursesites

 Video on how to go in and see Learner Interactions.

Thanks Mark!
I'm going to give Coursesites a try.

Anne Seller

Mark Woolwine - You are a star!

Thank you SOO much! I have been struggling with the CourseSites/SCORM issue for months now and then you come along with the answer. You have made my day!

I just followed your instructions and it is working perfectly now. Thanks for taking the time to record the screenr videos and for sharing them with us.

Have a great weekend! 

Anne

Thomas Smith

Dennis Hall said:

Dennis Hall said:

Jeanette Brooks said:

Hey Damian,

Dave Moxon did a nice little blog series not too long ago on open-source LMS options. These are the ones that he reviewed:

Moodle

Efront

Dokeo Campus

Docebo

Another good idea is to check into Articulate Online, which although it isn't free, you can get a 30-day free trial so that you can give it a test drive and try out all the reporting & tracking features. It's really easy to use, too.


Docebo is great, however, 4.5 was the last release before they went cloud based.


Correction... 4.6 was released, however, only of few of us got it before they stopped releasing it altogether.


Hi Dennis.

Do you have that 4.6 as the only one I can find is 4.05 for Docebo.

Regards

Thomas

Elizabeth Dennis

Canvas is a full LMS with really cool feature like Speedgrader, discussions, outcomes and rubrics, quizzes and quiz banks, and modules. The LMS is built on wiki pages, so it's fun and easy to use. 

You can create free courses by just signing up as a "teacher" in the "Free for Teacher" instance. (You don't have to be affiliated with an institution.)

Canvas can now work with SCORM, although I'm not sure if this feature is available in the Free-for-Teacher instance of Canvas. 

More stuff: 

Canvas videos on YouTube (marketing-type content)

Canvas video guide (Instructional)