10 differentiators of Open LMS vs. Moodle™.

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Open LMS takes the Moodle™ foundation.

Moodle™ is one of the most globally recognizedlearning management systems (LMS), with presence in more than 245 countries and with more than 41 million courses implemented.
Open LMS builds on the foundation of Moodle™ ( self-hosted) to become a unique platform in the LMS market by adding the flexibility, tools, content and integrations needed to create exceptional learning experiences. This thanks to the best of open source innovation and the guarantees and advantages of a SaaS (software as a service) service.
However, we are often asked what are the most notable differences between the two platforms that share the same base technology. Here, we share 10 differentiators.

1. User experience

It is increasingly important for any platform to ensure an intuitive and innovative user experience. Open LMS features SnapSnap, a graphical theme designed to increase interaction between content and users. Snap is also constantly updated to improve the accessibility of the theme, ensuring that all types of end users can use it.
Although Snap is open to the Moodle™ community (in self-hosted mode), Open LMS provides the support service on its graphical theme. It also supports other themes such as Boost o Classicwhich offer customers more flexibility and customization of the user experience.


2. Automation

Open LMS seeks to optimize the time of administrators and teachers who manage the platform. This is achieved through automation tools that complete tasks that administrators would otherwise have to perform manually. Two of the most notable are Personalized Learning Designer (PLD) y Conduit.
Personalized Learning Designer (PLD)
With this tool, instructors can automate course elements to personalize learning for users. Instructors will no longer have to manually perform tasks such as tracking learners, enrolling them in upcoming courses, recommending trainings or managing priorities. The platform will automatically take care of completing these tasks.
It is often said that in online education, teachers lack the tools to customize lessons and content according to the needs of each student. To counteract this, the PLD allows for diagnostic tests in order to customize the course content for the student, according to their test results.
This is a tool that, at no additional cost, allows you to integrate other systems to Open LMS. For example, you can use either CSV sheets or web services (Rest) to automate the registration of students in the LMS once they enter the system. Similarly, you can automate the migration of grades from the LMS to student information systems (SIS) . Conduit The Open LMS is ready to use and is maintained by the Open LMS team.
CUSTOMER STORIES | "From Moodle™ to Open LMS: The benefits of migrating to another open source eLearning provider".

3. Integrations

In alliance with anetwork of technology partners , Open LMS extends the functionalities available within Moodle™ (in self-hosted mode) through extensions and integrations. This partner network is made up of technologies that focus on designing innovative and creative tools for eLearning, such as:
  • Analytics solutions for learning, reporting and e-commerce via Intellicart e Intelliboard
  • Interactive video creation tools with Kaltura
  • Video management tools with Instilled
  • Comprehensive catalog of eLearning resources with Go1 y OpenSesame
  • Platform accessibility tools with Blackboard Ally
  • Videoconferencing solutions to enhance classroom interaction and collaboration with Class
  • Plagiarism detection tools from Blackboard SafeAssign
  • Technology for online monitoring of SMOWL Proctoring
  • Tools to facilitate the migration to Open LMS with K16 Solutions
Combining integrations with an LMS such as Open LMS results in highly engaging and customized solutions for users. With these types of integrations, Open LMS's ability to deliver a limitless learning experience.


4. Centralization

Open LMS seeks not only to improve the experience for consumers of an LMS, but also for those who administer it, whether they are platform administrators, teachers, instructors, among others. To this end, systems are implemented to facilitate the creation and updating of content within the platform.
Specialized modules such as the Centralized Content Manager (CCM) allow content to be created in a centralized manner. Thanks to this resource, by simply updating the master content of a course, the same information is automatically updated in the courses where the instructor has previously replicated the information.

5. Flexibility and scalability

The current needs of your institution or organization may change completely in the future. In order for your platform to adapt to the growth you are planning, you need a flexible and scalable platform.
A scalable LMS means that the system architecture allows for peak usage with short and/or additional licenses. Open LMS offers the flexibility that you can expand or reduce the scalability of the product according to your needs.
SUCCESS CASES | "Euroidiomas expands its learning programs thanks to Open LMS".

6. Mobile application

The Open LMS mobile Open LMS application is also based on the open source, self-hosted implementation of Moodle™, but offers new features that are free or exclusive. Some of these features are listed below.
Free Open LMS functionalities:
  • Push notifications
  • QR code authentication
  • Offline working mode (users can download complete courses)
Exclusive Open LMS functionalities:
  • Drag & Drop question type evaluations
  • Perform offline evaluations that are synchronized when connected to the Internet
  • Synchronization of the calendar with the user's personal calendar
As an added value, the application language and design can be customized to match the client's branding. In this way, end users can download the application from the app store on their devices with the name of the institution or company, which helps with brand positioning.

7. Multibrand

In addition to the branding service where clients receive advice from UX experts to design the ideal experience, Open LMS also allows for multi-branding. With this functionality you can customize the design and content for the user according to their categorization, even if administratively they remain under a single instance.
This feature is very important for institutions or organizations that are looking for that customizable design for their different departments or faculties. A university, for example, would like the LMS design for its medical school to be different from that of the law school. Similarly, corporate companies are looking for the eLearning for their sales department to be different from that of the engineering department, to name another case.

8. Complements

Plugins work as complementary programs that are added to the Open LMS base to extend its functionalities. They are of great value for online education, since they solve use cases that the LMS may not be able to solve by itself. It is extremely important that the plugins are highly trusted and endorsed by professionals, since they can represent a security risk for your information and platform if the programmer is unknown and if the code is not reviewed.
Open LMS integrates more than 1000 plugins, which have been reviewed and approved by a team of subject matter experts. One of our customers' favorites is Wiris. This plugin makes it possible to work with courses with mathematical fundamentals (mathematics, physics, chemistry, electromagnetism) making them easier for students to understand and teachers to work with.

    9. Security

    Contrary to leaving the burden of security to the institution or company, Open LMS has established a defined process and certified data centers. Thanks to this, security measures are implemented such as ensuring that each user can only have one open session when Moodle™ (in self-hosted mode), on the contrary, allows a user to maintain several simultaneous connections with the same credentials.
    Additionally, although Moodle™ (in self-hosted mode ) can be offered on an ISO 27001 certified infrastructure, Open LMS is currently in the process of obtaining certification at the application architecture level. This certification guarantees secure management of your information at every level.


    10. SaaS

    In comparison to Moodle™, which can be self-hosted -that is, the institution or company must take care of the servers and infrastructure-, Open LMS works as a SaaS (Software as a Service) service. SaaS models take over all the management and details of the technology and security so that the customer does not have to worry about it. This includes platform maintenance, integrations, code changes and upgrades.
    Many companies or institutions using Moodle™ (in self-hosted mode) are considering switching to a SaaS service. This shift is due to a response from organizations to adjust their priorities and move to resources that directly support teaching and training.


    Open LMS vs. Moodle™

    Although both Moodle™ ( self-hosted) and Open LMS have been on the market for some time and are well accepted within the industry, there are several key points that differentiate them.
    In contrast to Moodle™ ( self-hosted), Open LMS extends its functionality by leveraging the best of open source innovation and the guarantees and advantages of a SaaS service. This is coupled with industry-leading customer service with 24/7 support, a substantial library of online resources and a multinational team of experts.
    In this way, it becomes a unique option in the LMS market, with all the tools, content and integrations required to create personalized and meaningful learning experiences for users.

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