Open Source LMS Landscape in 2012

I’ve been meaning to generate an up-to-date list of open source learning management systems for some time. A recent trawl of Sourceforge, Github, Google Code and Codeplex for the term ‘learning’, as well as the list published at  http://list.ly/list/1Vt-opensource-learning-management-systems-lms-elearning, resulted in nearly 100 viable projects. There may be more, of course. Many thanks to my colleague, Duncan Croucher, for his substantial help in establishing and refining this list over the past week.

The full list is at the foot of this post. We then set about refining this list against a set of criteria as follows:

  • Is code being committed?
  • Are there regular stable releases?
  • Are there support forums?
  • Are there plugins available on the website?
  • Are there commercial support services available?
  • Is there developer documentation on the website?

Applying this set of filters reduces the full list down to a mere 10 LMS projects which can be considered mature, stable and sustainable. This is clearly a much more manageable and feasible list against which more detailed comparisons can be made. Those comparisons will come in a further post over the coming weeks.

Here are the shortlist of 10 and the full list of open source LMS projects. if you spot anything missing or can help improve the refinement criteria, pls let me know.

Shortlist of 10.

Name URL
.LRN http://www.dotlrn.org/product/
Chamilo LMS http://www.chamilo.org/
Claroline http://www.claroline.net/
eFront http://www.efrontlearning.net/
Ganesha http://ganesha.fr/
ILIAS http://www.ilias.de/
Moodle http://moodle.org/
rSmart Sakai CLE http://www.rsmart.com/sakai/sakai-cle
Sakai CLE http://www.sakaiproject.org/learning-management
Sakai OLE http://www.sakaiproject.org/node/2239

Update 17 August: There are an additional three projects which did not make the cut simply because they failed on one criteria: no available plug-ins on the website, which indicates that a mature developer community has become established around the project. In the case of Totara, the absence of a public code repository or public file downloads means that it potentially fails on two further criteria: evidence of recent code commits and evidence of regular releases. However, given my personal knowledge of these three projects I would include them on my own personal shortlist, but whether you would choose to do so I will leave up to you. I think it’s a case of ‘buyer beware’ in these cases and understanding the risk of failing to meet any specific shortlist criteria.

Canvas http://www.instructure.com/
Dokeos http://www.dokeos.com/
Totara LMS http://www.totaralms.com/about-totara

Full list of open source LMS projects as at 13 August 2012.

Name URL
.LRN http://www.dotlrn.org/product/
a-LMS http://a-lms.sourceforge.net/
Answers http://answers.sourceforge.net/
aselms http://aselms.google.com/
Atlas-LMS https://github.com/coryhammon1/Atlas-LMS
ATutor http://atutor.ca/
BusinessLMS http://www.lms-global.com/?page_id=2
Canvas CV http://www.instructure.com/
Cascade http://www.cascadelms.org/
CAT e-Learning Platform http://catelearning.sourceforge.net/
Caucus http://caucuscare.com/
Chamilo LMS http://www.chamilo.org/
ChemLearning http://chemlearning.sourceforge.net/
CinciLMS https://github.com/lainproliant/CinciLMS
Claroline http://www.claroline.net/
Codeinn http://code.google.com/p/codeinn/
Darskade LMS http://darskade.sourceforge.net/
DaVinci LMS http://davinci-lms-testing.herokuapp.com/https://github.com/Sauco82/DaVinci-LMS
Django-lms https://github.com/dxp/django-lms
docebo reborn http://www.elearningcommunity.net/forum/index.php
DoceboLMS http://www.docebo.com/lms/what-is-lms-learning-software
Dokeos http://www.dokeos.com/
DotNetSCORM http://dotnetscorm.sourceforge.net/
Dream Box LMS http://dblms.sourceforge.net/
Dublin LMS http://dublinlms.sourceforge.net/
Eddy-LMS http://eddylms.com/
eFront http://www.efrontlearning.net/
Eledge Open LMS http://eledge.sourceforge.net/
Eschool https://github.com/Alexandre-Strzelewicz/Eschool
ForeL e-Learning LMS http://www.spainwex.com/ELSWEX/english/INDEX.CFM
Ganesha http://ganesha.fr/
Grapple http://www.grapple-project.org/
Great Commission LMS http://www.gclms.com/
groovingUniversity http://groovingunivers.sourceforge.net/index.php
HtmLearn http://htm-learn.sourceforge.net/
iglobalistLMS http://iglobalistlms.sourceforge.net/
iiLearn http://iilearn.sourceforge.net/
ILIAS LMS http://www.ilias.de/
Interpedia http://www.interpedia.gr/
ITeach http://iteach.sourceforge.net/
JAW LMS http://jawlms.sourceforge.net/
JLI! – Just Learn It! http://jli.sourceforge.net/
jLMS http://jlms.sourceforge.net/
JMoodle http://jmoodle.sourceforge.net/
LatitudeLearning http://www.latitudelearning.com/FreeLMS.aspx
Learning Factory http://learningfactory.sourceforge.net/
LearningCMS http://learningcms.sourceforge.net/
LetoLMS (formerly Paidei) http://www.letolms.com/
LMSalomon http://sourceforge.net/projects/lmsalomon
MahLMS http://mahlms.sourceforge.net/
Manhali http://www.manhali.com/
Metastudy http://www.metacoon.net/
Moodle http://moodle.org/
mudjungle http://mudjungle.canalblog.com/
Multi-Learning http://multi-learning.sourceforge.net/
Multimedia network learning system http://mnls.sourceforge.net/
MyLMS http://mylms.sourceforge.net/
Neddle Community Edition http://neddle.codeplex.com/
Neptune LMS http://code.google.com/p/neptune-lms/
OLAT http://www.olat.org/product
Online Campus http://onlinecampus.sourceforge.net/
Open Elms http://www.openelms.org/
Open Enrollment LMS http://www.pojosoft.org/
Open Learn http://openlearn.sourceforge.net/
Open LMS http://www.psych.utah.edu/learn/olms/index.html
Open Learning System http://www.ols.ac.za/
OpenLMS http://openlmsfoundation.bizland.com/
OpenTASSEL http://opentassel.sourceforge.net/
Pacha http://sourceforge.net/projects/pacha
Papermark VLE http://www.papermark.org/
Pesut LMS http://pesutlms.sourceforge.net/
PfP LMS http://pfp.ethz.ch/
rSmart Sakai http://www.rsmart.com/sakai/sakai-cle
Sakai CLE http://www.sakaiproject.org/learning-management
Sakai OAE http://www.sakaiproject.org/node/2239
Sigmasoft LMS Express http://sigmasoftech.sourceforge.net/
SLoodle http://sloodle.sourceforge.net/
SuperELO http://superelo.sourceforge.net/
The Rock LMS http://rocklms.sourceforge.net/
The Sundman Group LMS http://tsg-lms.sourceforge.net/
TotalLMS http://totallms.codeplex.com/
Totara http://www.totaralms.com/about-totara
UberStudent Linux VLE http://uberstudent.org/
Virtucoll VLE http://www.virtucoll.co.uk/
Whiteboard http://wb0.sourceforge.net/
WHURLE http://whurle.sourceforge.net/
Zenaminer http://zenaminer.sourceforge.net/

 

 

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7 Replies to “Open Source LMS Landscape in 2012”

  1. Hi Mark,

    It’s a sobering experience to see so many OS products and services in one place; let’s be honest many people (me included) would struggle to name much beyond Moodle, WordPress and the other usual suspects.

    Well done to you and Dunc on putting the list together.

    Craig

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