Title: Let's see how efficient open source LMSs can be and why

Authors: Tania Kerkiri

Addresses: Dept. of Applied Informatics, University of Macedonia, 156 Egnatia Street, 54006, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract: Attempt is made here to examine qualities of the most widely used open source LMSs against a number of criteria constituting the state of art in personalisation and adaptation of information electronically communicated to e-learners. Results are concluded focusing on the effectiveness of learning and are presented in distinct criteria able to be positioned in layers onto LMSs| functions so that to expand and ameliorate them. An architecture is also presented consisting of different modules that support these criteria with the additional advantage that sustain the existing LMSs configuration and functioning mode – which would be too costly to alter; and widen the possibilities of a multitude of future applications.

Keywords: open source LMS; LMS evaluation; personalisation; adaptation; e-learning; life long learning; learning management systems; electronic learning; online learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJTEL.2009.030780

International Journal of Technology Enhanced Learning, 2009 Vol.1 No.4, pp.297 - 313

Published online: 05 Jan 2010 *

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