Benefits of Open-Source LMS – Part 1

An open-source software is the one for which the original code is made freely available and may be redistributed and modified. Allowing you to customize your LMS to meet your specific needs, open-source products give you the flexibility to utilize a best-of-breed content strategy to incorporate the best content and eLearning tools into your platform. Its other advantages include top security, ownership of data, cutting-edge technology, and high service standards.



Security of the open-source software is a common concern. Contrary to popular belief, they are quite secure, for example, Moodle releases an update once every 6 months not only to incorporate new user-requested features but to provide security patches for any issues that may have arisen. The Moodle community is able to find and note any security issues since the code is visible to all, meaning that security glitches are recognized much faster and patches are turned around almost immediately.

Ownership of Data

The ownership of one’s own data is another aspect of security that has an important advantage on its own. You will always own your data and your LMS code with an open-source system. Also, you can easily bring your learning platform in-house or move to another service provider if you ever find that your provider is not providing you with the best possible service. In contrast, a closed-source provider will be the only company that is able to support that specific LMS, which means that they could raise your prices at any time or charge you to buy your own data back when switching to a new LMS. Such vendor lock situations can be avoided with an open-source platform.

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