Indispensable Open Source Learning Tools

Open Source software has provides a wide range of technical solutions enhance teaching and learning. It is important for learning leaders, instructional designers, and technologists to keep up with the advances and functions of open source software since there is typically no advertising or sales rep responsible for keeping us updated as is the case with commercial software.

To help, here are some open source learning tools by category. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is a great start.

Top 25 Open Source Learning Tools by Category

Content Management Systems

  • drupal, great for creating learning portals
  • joomla, also great for creating learning portals
  • wordpress, blogging/content management tool

Learning Management Systems

  • moodle, very popular open source LMS
  • sakai, popular LMS aimed at higher ed
  • OLAT A well featured system, recent winner of “IMS Learning Impact Award"
  • .LRN, built at MIT, designed for commercial environments

Media Production

Collaboration Tools

Social Networking

  • elgg, build you own facebook

Evaluation Tools

social media


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