Title: In search of an open-source LMS solution for higher education using a criterion-based approach

Authors: Ema Kušen; Natasa Hoic-Bozic

Addresses: Department of Informatics, University of Rijeka, Omladinska 14, HR-51000 Rijeka, Croatia. ' Department of Informatics, University of Rijeka, Omladinska 14, HR-51000 Rijeka, Croatia

Abstract: Learning management systems (LMS) have solved many issues with transferring traditionally taught courses to an online environment. Today, LMSs are an important part of universities world-wide, whether they are an addition to traditional classes or a platform for online courses. With the growing number of LMSs offered on the market, it is difficult to decide on a system that would satisfy the specific needs of an organisation. This paper proposes criteria which should be considered before selecting an LMS and shows results of comparisons of evaluated open-source LMSs, pointing out the advantages and limitations of each.

Keywords: learning management systems; open source LMS; ATutor; Chamilo; Claroline; Dokeos; Moodle; Sakai; Web 2.0 tools; Web 2.0 technologies; e-learning; online learning; higher education; learning technology; electronic learning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJLT.2012.047978

International Journal of Learning Technology, 2012 Vol.7 No.2, pp.115 - 132

Available online: 16 Jul 2012

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