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Open-Source vs. Closed-Source LMS: Why the Technology Your LMS Uses Matters

Tuesday, February 13, 2018 2:00pm - 3:00pm EST

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: Brian Carlson, CEO & Co-Founder, eThink Education and Randy Jones, VP of Business Development & Strategy, eThink Education

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When looking for a new learning management system, there are a multitude of questions that must be asked, starting with: What do I need my LMS to be able to do to allow us to reach our e-learning goals? However, one consideration that people often overlook is the type of technology that an LMS uses, which is important when evaluating whether an LMS will be able to provide the type of functionality you’ll need to meet your goals.

Therefore, when beginning the LMS evaluation process, one of the first questions you should ask yourself is whether an open-source LMS (like Moodle or Totara) or a closed-source platform (like SumTotal or Cornerstone) will be better suited to meeting your needs.

During this webcast, you will learn:

  • the fundamental differences between an open-source LMS and a closed-source platform
  • why the technology your LMS uses is important, including significant considerations regarding data ownership, security, LMS customization, product updates, and support
  • the advantages and disadvantages of both types of platforms.


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Brian Carlson
Brian Carlson

CEO & Co-Founder, eThink Education

Brian Carlson co-founded eThink Education more than nine years ago and today has oversight of the entire operation. He brings more than 14 years of education technology experience, including six years at SunGard HE (now Ellucian) as a senior technical consultant, where he worked extensively with student information systems. Brian holds a BS in physics and astronomy from the Evergreen State College and is active in advising entities on e-learning initiatives through outside advisory roles such as his seat on the Baltimore Workforce Investment Board.

Randy Jones
Randy Jones

VP of Business Development & Strategy, eThink Education

Randy Jones brings more than 10 years of education technology experience to eThink, including four years with the New York Times and three additional years providing virtual course material platforms. As vice president of sales, he oversees sales strategies in the higher education, K-12, and corporate learning markets and is responsible for developing strategic partnerships. Randy holds an MBA from University of Baltimore and a BS in e-business and marketing from Towson University.


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