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What are some free LMSs?

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Free LMS options

There are two types to choose from: The first is open-source, where the original source code is freely accessible, customisable, and distributable.

Then there’s the free version of a paid LMS: This often includes the most basic software features, minus the support.

Moodle is an example of a free LMS. Moodle is a learning platform designed to provide educators, administrators, and learners with a free, robust, secure, and integrated system to create a personalised learning environment.



What are the advantages of a free LMS?

The biggest advantage of a free LMS is that it is free. They run off a free platform as open source.



What are the disadvantages of a free LMS?

Technically, these learning management systems are free (i.e., no licensing costs), but you will incur costs for integrating and maintaining them, and you will need to invest in the platform to add new features or integrate other services. Here’s some great information on free LMSs.

Other costs can include account hosting, support, content authoring tools, and more.

Free LMSs don’t include courses, gamification, user groups, and other features.