What is open source LMS?

Open source learning management system is an LMS where source is freely available to anybody, Once can even use it as it is or modify it to make it suitable for their own usage. This is called customization of an LMS.

 

There are two kinds of LMS available for usage –

 

  1. Open source LMS – Free
  2. Proprietary LMS – Sold as user per license or one time sale

 

Benefits of open source LMS

  • No per user license cost
  • Low maintainence cost
  • Quick trouble shooting
  • Free upgrades
  • Customized to your needs
  • Liberty to choose any vendor for support who can give better service.

Options available to use open source LMS are

  • Option 1 – use without customization
  • Option 2 – customized by a vendor

It is noteworthy that a customized open source LMS is more popular.

Why customize LMS ?

To adapt and make it suitable for your training need

  • One time customize and set up cost
  • To make it suitable for training programs and structure

Key points to consider while customizing a LMS

  • Make a detailed document of your LMS requirement
  • Involve all key stake holders in deciding your LMS requirements
  • Customize the theme as per your company branding style
  • Declutter the theme by removing unusable features
  • Create custom roles as per your organizational needs
  • Modify user profile fields (add or delete)
  • Make it user friendly
  • Decide report formats for dashboards
  • Certificate templates need to be designed
  • Create own user manual

 

FEATURES Open source LMS Proprietary LMS

Cost

Low

High

Flexibility

High

Low

Scalability

High

High

Meets organizational requirement

High

Medium / low

Vendor support

Flexible

Fixed

Upgrades

Free

Paid

Per user license renewal cost

Free

High

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