At Enovation we are pretty big fans of open-source solutions. We understand that choosing an LMS can be a daunting task and with a vast range of proprietary and open-source options available for you to choose from, we have put together a blog post on why we think an open-source solution is the best option for you.
Why trust our opinion?
We have over twenty years of experience working in the field of e-Learning. We have worked with global organizations and educational institutions which have given us direct insight into the challenges and concerns that L&D departments face. Therefore we know what decision-makers should consider before investing in an LMS including the overall ROI (return on investment), usability and the effectiveness of the system to name a few. When it comes down to deciding on a proprietary LMS or an open-source solution, the decision must come down to organizational culture. We believe that open-source wins over proprietary options every time, specifically in these key areas:
Price: Moodle and Totara are both free for organizations to use. Open-source is a great option for organizations that do not want to be caught with a recurring monthly charge.
Customization: With an open-source solution, like Moodle and Totara Learn, plugin options are freely available to customize the look and feel of your LMS. At Enovation our team of open-source experts can carefully advise you and your organization on how to create the most effective LMS design to fit your brand, your learner’s needs and your organization’s goals.
Support: At Enovation, our support offering is over and above general advisory services, the support required can be categorized as end-user, advanced user/admin and technical. You can find out more about our support offering here. We consider Support and maintenance an integral aspect of introducing an LMS seamlessly into any organization or institution.
Integrations: No LMS is an island. By integrating applications that you already use in your organization you will get the most value and efficiency from your platform.
Security: Data Security and disaster recovery are standard for most open-source solutions as they are widely used and tested by millions of users globally.
The decision to choose between an open-source LMS like Moodle and Totara Learn is not as simple as choosing one over the other by absolute comparison, as some aspects may overlap or have certain similarities. Open source provides cost-efficiency for the majority of businesses, even when taking into account necessary investments in internal infrastructure. Open source platforms are also arguably more suited to organizations looking for a long-term solution to building a bespoke learning ecosystem.