Joiners, Not Starters

In an ongoing theme with this blog (I can’t help myself) I’ve lamented, while the acceptance of open methods for development and distribution has grown across a variety of sectors, the result has been an influx of new projects (i.e. starters), by well meaning converts/proponents, rather than the creation of broader communities of collaborators/contributors (i.e. joiners).

Well another open source LMS announcement was made today by The Adapt Learning Community…

We have been working on turning our very successful Adapt e-learning framework into an open source project. As part of this, we have created a community site, where the founding developers will now be engaging with anyone who is interested in getting involved and adding to the discussions. This site also contains various pages, which explain the thinking behind Adapt and how the project is structured.

This is a great time to get involved for people who are interested in helping to shape this project or simply want to follow our discussions. It’s early days but we are blown away by the level of interest and commitment from our founding partners and the marketplace we are already seeing. Our timelines are quite ambitious and we want to build up the initial codebase for the framework by the end of the year, with an authoring tool following quickly.

We will be using the new community site to discuss and shape the project as we go along. The community site has already been established as the primary channel for communication among the project team. Our aim is to make our decisions in the open and with the community.

Please bear with us, as the appearance is still a little rough and ready.

Thanks and hopefully see you on ‘the other side’.

What’s painful is that there are already over 350 open source communities developing learning management systems. I find it frustrating and hypocritical to hear, “This is a great time to get involved for people who are interested in helping to shape this project…” from people who chose not to get involved–rather, choosing to do something on their own.  Why is it a great time to join the Adapt project over any other existing effort looking to build community for support, contribution and collaboration? Why didn’t the folks who are developing Adapt take advantage of this great time in open source development and join an existing initiative? Indeed, couldn’t every current open source project (substituting out Adapt for their own name) use the above announcement to generate awareness and adoption of their own project?

If the core of this project already exists (perhaps they are “opening” up an existing technology), why not contribute it to another like-minded project with similar goals, technologies, architectures, communities, etc.?

I don’t want to pick on Adapt (there are 300+ other projects I could point to), I am sure they are smart, motivated folks who obviously want to participate and contribute, my point is simply, before starting a new open source project, please look for one to join.

Here it is: A List of Open Source Learning Management Systems

  1. 069h,
  2. Academia,
  3. Ace2,
  4. ADA,
  5. Adapt,
  6. Adrenna,
  7. Adhayayan,
  8. AlefMentor,
  9. a-LMS,
  10. AnaXagora,
  11. AnemaLab,
  12. ApereoOAE,
  13. Appy Notebook,
  14. ASE, Astra-LMS,
  15. ATutor,
  16. Avatal Learn Station,
  17. Azim10,
  18. Bazaar,
  19. Black-Belt,
  20. Bodington,
  21. Bonga-bonga,
  22. Brainbox,
  23. BrainSQL,
  24. Brihaspati,
  25. BuddyPress,
  26. Burrokeet,
  27. BusinessLMS,
  28. CamtLMS,
  29. Canvas,
  30. CascadeLMS,
  31. Caucus,
  32. Chamilo,
  33. Charles J. Short LMS,
  34. Claroline,
  35. Class2Go,
  36. ClassWeb,
  37. CloudCallab,
  38. Class-Cloud,
  39. CloudCourse,
  40. CoFFEE,
  41. Coggno,
  42. Cooperator,
  43. Course,
  44. Course&Learning,
  45. Course Builder,
  46. CouseManagement,
  47. Course Management System,
  48. Course Manager,
  49. Courseware,
  50. Chamilo,
  51. CommSy,
  52. Crawlala,
  53. Criptex,
  54. cuberary,
  55. Cyber Learning (NEF),
  56. CWIS, Darskade LMS,
  57. DaVinciLMS,
  58. DEI,
  59. Deskera,
  60. Didakos,
  61. djangoLMS,
  62. dneighbors Course Manager,
  63. Docebo,
  64. Dokeos,
  65. DotNetSORM,
  66. DrupalEd,
  67. Eclidoolel,
  68. eCollege Plus,
  69. eConf,
  70. EduWorkSpace,
  71. dX Code,
  72. eFront,
  73. elecnewstyle,
  74. eLedge,
  75. elearnLMS,
  76. elms,
  77. E-Mail-LMS,
  78. emyscience,
  79. EOE,
  80. Estella-eLearning,
  81. e-Study,
  82. EthosCE,
  83. Etudes,
  84. eXeLearning,
  85. Fedena,
  86. Fife,
  87. FireLMS,
  88. Fle3,
  89. ForeL,
  90. Forma LMS,
  91. FrontDesk,
  92. Fu5e Learning,
  93. Ganesha,
  94. GCLMS,
  95. GeNIE,
  96. GRAPPLE,
  97. HiveLMS,
  98. Homerweb,
  99. ILIAS,
  100. Interns,
  101. iGlobalist,
  102. iKnow,
  103. i.Logos,
  104. ilyao,
  105. Instructional Content System,
  106. Interact,
  107. Interpedia,
  108. JayLMS,
  109. jcm,
  110. Jigyaasa,
  111. Joule, Kalvi,
  112. Kana,
  113. KEWL.Nextgen,
  114. KodeLearn,
  115. Knowledge Varsity,
  116. Kyoiku, LabSystem,
  117. LAMS,
  118. LatitudeLearning,
  119. LCMS,
  120. LearnSquare,
  121. Learnster,
  122. Learnster.in,
  123. Learning System,
  124. Learning Management System,
  125. LearnSTAT,
  126. liskov,
  127. L.I.S.T.,
  128. LLMS,
  129. LMS,
  130. LMS123,
  131. LMS2012,
  132. lms9,
  133. LMS-CF,
  134. LMS for Undergrads,
  135. LMS-in-C++,
  136. LMS King (Joomla!),
  137. Lokaverkefni,
  138. LOMS,
  139. LON-CAPA,
  140. LetoLMS (formerly Paidei),
  141. LMS-IM,
  142. .LRN,
  143. Make Me Happy,
  144. Manhali,
  145. Manhattan,
  146. Metacoon,
  147. Metalreal,
  148. Michiba,
  149. MILESS,
  150. MimerDesk,
  151. Minerva,
  152. M’s LMS,
  153. Moodle,
  154. Moodle4j,
  155. Mud Jungle,
  156. Nanaste LMS,
  157. Naukriinc,
  158. Neddle,
  159. NEOS,
  160. Nicenet,
  161. NIT,
  162. Noep,
  163. Noisis,
  164. OLAT,
  165. OLCMS,
  166. OLMS,
  167. OLS,
  168. Open Classroom,
  169. Openedunet,
  170. Openelms,
  171. OpenLMS,
  172. open-lms,
  173. OpenLMX,
  174. Open OLAT,
  175. OpenUSS,
  176. Opigno,
  177. OSBLE,
  178. Osmosis,
  179. OUWA,
  180. PAMAM,
  181. PassPort,
  182. PeterHi Classroom,
  183. phpEDU,
  184. Pia,
  185. Promise4All,
  186. publicIP,
  187. PushLMS,
  188. Pylms,
  189. Pylons,
  190. Quasar,
  191. Queso-Multisite,
  192. rails-lms,
  193. SakaiCLE,
  194. SakaiANI,
  195. ScholarLMS,
  196. Scribe,
  197. Scorm LMS,
  198. secom,
  199. Segue,
  200. Shloka,
  201. SigmaSoft LMS,
  202. SimpleCMS,
  203. slms,
  204. SLOODLE,
  205. SLMS,
  206. SmartLMS,
  207. Smashing LMS,
  208. Social Media Classroom,
  209. Splash,
  210. STS-EMS,
  211. Stud.IP,
  212. SuperX,
  213. Surgalt,
  214. Tamandare,
  215. TILMS,
  216. TinyLMS,
  217. Tonkey,
  218. Totara LMS
  219. Total LMS,
  220. Trellis, Tsugi,
  221. TurtleX,
  222. uLearning,
  223. Uni Open Platform,
  224. Unoweb-s,
  225. Utah Open LMS,
  226. Vinyl,
  227. Virtual University,
  228. Vivo,
  229. VulaMobi,
  230. VULMS,
  231. WeBWorK,
  232. WebAssign,
  233. Web-BasedCMS,
  234. Whiteboard,
  235. Writing Studio,
  236. Xerte,
  237. Yasinn

Please know, I do not believe this list is complete. The above LMSs were collected from general Google searches for “Open Source Learning Management System” and “Open Source Course Management System,” as well as searches within Bit Bucket, CodePlex, Github, GoogleCode, Ohloh and Sourceforge. The results include fully mature, “enterprise-level” platforms as well as one-submitter “experiments.” In addition, many folks are using software not originally designed as an LMS as their teaching and learning platform, CUNY Macaulay’s use of WordPress comes to mind, and thus are not represented here.

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