eLearning platforms and programs

Paid-for software for creating e-learning experiences:

Free software for creating eLearning experiences:

  • See a post on E-Learning Magazine on the top 25 free e-learning authoring tools.
  • QuickLessons looks good, but the free option only lets you publish on Facebook via its Izzui app – and wants access to your friends and email lists. So I haven’t tried it out yet.

eLearning platforms and channels

  • EdX: Amazing free online courses from top universities including Harvard, MIT,  Stanford, Berkeley, Cornell)
  • Coursera: More free online courses from top universities including Columbia, Brown and Yale.
  • Udacity
  • Khan Academy
  • TED: Inspiring video lectures
  • Open Course Frameworks from Lumen Learning. Free courses using only open educational resources. Delivered on the Canvas open-source LMS.

Learning Management Systems (LMS)

  • Moodle: Free open source web application that functions as a Learning Management System or Virtual Learning Environment. It needs to be installed on a web server and can be integrated into a regular website.
  • iSpring Online: Simple LMS designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Related to iSpring’s other eLearning products.
  • Saba: Learner-centric LMS for businesses.
  • BlackBoard: Fully featured LMS often used by universities (I used it for Quinnipiac’s Interactive Media program.)
  • CourseMill: Lectora’s LMS.
  • Litmos: Cloud-based LMS available on a monthly subscription.
  • eFront: Cloud-based LMS available on a monthly subscription.
  • The Docebo’s E-Learning Ecosystem
  • AMVONET: LMS based on Moodle.
  • E►nable from Virtual College
  • Canvas

eLearning standards

  • AICC: Aviation Industry CBT Committee. Standards and specifications for online eLearning materials which relate client-side content to the learning management system. Uses a HACP API based on HTML. See also Experience API and this article about whether SCORM or AICC is better.
  • SCORM: Sharable Content Object Reference Model. Standards and specifications for online eLearning materials which relate client-side content to the learning management system. Uses a Javascript API. See also Experience API.
  • Experience API a.k.a. Tin Can API a.k.a. xAPI. Allows software clients to read and write experiential data in the form of “statements” – “actor-verb-object”. Known as next-generation SCORM. Still under development. (See Neil Lasher blog post explaining why this is exciting.)

eLearning books and collections

 

 

 

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