This is a guest post from Webanywhere's Conor Gilligan. You can find the original post here.
Recent blog posts (Open Source & Collaboration)
"How can we give our subject matter experts and our partner organisations the ability to design and publish courses on our Totara LMS?"
We recently published our case study about Ko Awatea and Counties Manukau District Health Board’s (CMDHB) Totara LMS, LEARN, thought to be one of the largest learning platforms in New Zealand, which is breaking down silos in the fragmented New Zealand healthcare sector with a collaboratively built and maintained LMS. The LEARN platform is a fantastic success story with tangible results being felt across New Zealand, and I wanted to share how the our open, collaborative approach is proving beneficial to district health boards (DHBs) and patients across a significant part of New Zealand.
When it comes to open source, collaboration is key to the development of software that benefits everyone in the community. The idea is simple: everyone in the community has the power to contribute their own ideas and code to the product, helping to reduce time spent duplicating efforts across the community and benefitting everyone with the best new features and functionality from across the network. That’s how we work at Totara Learning - we welcome input from across our Partner network, helping us ensure we’re delivering features that will benefit our end users.
What do you get when you find yourself in a room with 25 Totara Partners? The 2016 Totara Partner meetup, of course! We had a fantastic time kicking off Learning Technologies 2016 with our exclusive pre-meetup event, and we hope everyone who attended found it valuable. So, what made it so great?
At Totara Learning, we have noticed a surge in the number of organisations looking for ways to access content offline. This may be a workaround for patchy or non-existent internet connections, or a way to make learning more mobile for learners who don't want to use their own data. That's why technology specialists and Totara Platinum Partners Catalyst decided to build an offline player to make Totara LMS available offline.
The open source model puts collaboration at the core of innovations, with a dedicated network contributing ideas and code to the community. At Totara Learning, we believe that open source is best for businesses, helping them avoid vendor lock-in, avoid licence fees and harness the power of shared thought, investment and creativity. With this in mind, we have created an infographic displaying the value of our open source innovation network, and how it can help you respond faster and more cost effectively to key change drivers today.
Opinions vary on whether open source companies can make money, thrive and truly compete with their proprietary counterparts. As a CEO and co-founder of an open source company I am frequently challenged to reflect on our strategy, our company ethos, and the commercial risks we undertake not only on behalf of the shareholders but also our employees, partners and customers.
Software is everywhere. You knew that already. But do you always know what that software is doing? As the recent Volkswagen ‘defeat device’ scandal has shown, when its true purpose is hidden, software can cause tremendous damage. Writing proprietary software that cheats on emissions tests goes beyond ‘cheating’ - it’s a criminal act and one that will leave the car manufacturer in reputational - and financial - ruin, not to mention the impact on customers and the wider economy. Amid the various calls for fines, resignations, and jail time for VW executives responsible for this, one point particularly stood out to us: This wouldn’t have happened if the software was Open Source.
When the Open Badges Movement launched two years ago, it made waves. It ushered in real potential to change how we recognise, credential and validate learning. Ahead of our seminar at World of Learning Conference and Exhibition (WOLCE) 2015 in Birmingham this week, we take stock of where we are with Open Badges, and what’s ahead.