Cloud-Based or Self-Hosted LMS, Which One is The Best?

Cloud-Based Vs Self-Hosted LMS

Cloud-Based Vs Self-Hosted LMS

Finding the right Learning Management System (LMS) from hundreds of them in the market is no small task. Plus, deciding on the LMS deployment type – Self-hosting or Cloud, adds only to that herculean task.

Though there are a plethora of LMSs, you have only three ways of hosting your system.

Let look at the types LMS deployment:

  1. Self-hosting
  2. Cloud-based deployment
  3. Hosted LMS

Each type offers its own pros and cons. In this post, let’s examine how each type will benefit you and decide the best hosting option holistically.

Self-hosting LMS 

Also call it as self-deployed, in-house or installed LMS. That is to say, your LMS vendor offers you the eLearning software as a product, and its installation is offered as “on-premises” service. To speak more clearly, you host your own LMS on your own servers.

You know there are hundreds of self-hosting learning platforms. One among such is the Moodle platform. And some of the systems like BizLMS, which are built on top of Moodle platform, are also offered as self-hosting LMS.

So, what advantages do this kind of hosting offer and to whom? Let’s find out in the following section.

Self-hosted LMS Software Advantages 

Before you figure out going for self-hosting option, ask yourself these questions. Is your content and users’ data more important to you than the expenses it costs you to self-host? Do you want a total custom product with your own branding of online training?

Let’s explore one by one.

#1 Data and Content Security

Data and privacy are priceless. It’s not good to compromise on this matter, is it?

There is no interference of a third-party when you self-host your LMS software. That means, your learners’ data and training content will be as secure as Fort Knox.

Since you self-deploy this LMS, you will have complete control over the affairs. If needed, you can implement the security measures you want to – which are specific to your organization.

It’s not that other hosting options lack security measures. But you can add advanced layers of security protocols to limit the information access.

#2 Tailor-make Your Learning Solution

When you are hosting your eLearning software, you get greater freedom to customize the platform. Because everything is under your control, you can either include a learning module or take it out from the system.

Plus, you can deliver the training content with your branding without shelling extra bucks on the same. So the advantage here is the customization plus own branding without spending on extra money.

#3 Low Maintenance Cost in the Long Run 

So, you think of how much you spend on the ‘on-premises’ installation? Well, you may have to meet upfront costs at the beginning, but in the long run, those costs will be taken care of the monthly/yearly subscription prices.

Considering the long-run benefit, your spending at the beginning is justified, and it saves the costs that proportionally rise down the line.

#4 Server Storage Capacity

If you host your LMS software, you have the flexibility to decide whether to increase the server storage capacity depending on your user base. You can also choose the server location. Other hosting options don’t provide this flexibility of server capacity. And it depends upon the subscription plan you choose.

Plus, you can implement III-tier backup architecture and Disaster Recovery Policy.

#5 Fully Responsive Team 

If you self-host your eLearning software, you will have a dedicated in-house team. The team will play an instrumental role in some aspects as below:

  • To optimize your Moodle LMS/any other platform for high concurrency
  • To optimize your LMS Pageviews by improving the speed
  • To implement Disaster Recovery Policy and maintain backup

It pays off if you maintain your own server team for the reasons mentioned above and for budget considerations in the long run.

Who will require such a self-hosted LMS?

Well, any mid-sized industries or enterprises can install their employee training software on-premises. Above all, again the emphasis is on the security of training content and the users’ data.

Cloud-Based LMS Hosting 

Cloud-based or SaaS (Software as a Service) LMS hosting is called “on-demand” service. That means you get an LMS product as a service from your software vendor when they host your LMS on their remotely located servers. Ever since the popularity of cloud services, cloud-based hosting has become a kind of boon for a variety of reasons.

A cloud-based LMS hosting offers you the following advantages.

#1 It Suits Every Budget

This is the best advantage of the cloud-based LMS hosting. In some occasions, your LMS turns out to be a white elephant. To avoid such cases, you can go with this kind of hosting option.

So you can spend on this hosting wisely based on:

  • How many users do you have?
  • How much storage space do you require?
  • What custom features do you need?
  • And more

Hence, you pay for what you use. That’s all.

#2 Just a Few Minutes of Deployment 

Everything has readily been set for use with the cloud-based LMS hosting. The only thing that’s pending will be the addition of your production URL and the number of users you have. Even if you mention your requirements, it doesn’t take much time to deploy the system for your use.

So you have the faster and quicker deployment of your employee training software with the SaaS model when compared to the conventional self-hosting LMS deployment.

#3 Easy Maintenance for You

Most of the technical complexities of regular maintenance are taken care of your SaaS hosting provider whilst you may have little or no maintenance tasks from your side.

On the other side, the other hosting options require regular maintenance from their in-house team. Plus, when your requirements and user base increase you can easily upgrade to other plans.

#4 Easy In, Easy Out

You maintain no infrastructure – the servers and the maintenance team for that. Consequently, it’s easy for you to adopt a SaaS model hosting, and at the same time, it also easy for you to opt-out. There is nothing to lose here. But the other hosting option doesn’t give many conveniences.

Besides, it’s possible for you to try it out once before you actually subscribe to a cloud-based LMS hosting provider.

Cloud-based LMS hosting is very useful if you have a small number of the user base for any industry of any size, and content security isn’t that priority. Considering those points, you can opt for cloud-based LMS hosting.

Which hosting is best?

Users’ privacy is their fundamental right. When their information is exchanged between the parties, there are chances of information misuse for business gain. Hence, the European Union Commission brought in the GDPR to protect users’ data with more teeth given to punish the business entities.

If the parties involved comply with those norms, it’s well and good to for cloud-based hosting. Otherwise, it’s always good to go for self-hosting LMS despite some complexities initially.

6 Top News to Know from Moodle 3.8 Release

moodle-3.8 Release

moodle-3.8 Release

It’s the month of November, a season for Moodle users around the world to eagerly expect something (in other words, a new Moodle version) from Moodle HQ. And some of us might already know this news that Moodle 3.8 version has been released. Here is what you want to know from the latest version.

#1 Forum Activity Insights

The forum activity insights from Forum Summary Report enables teachers to see their learners’ participation holistically. For example, a teacher can see the data such as how many discussions students started, how many replies they sent, what their recent posts are, and how much depth of knowledge they show in their replies (Word and character count if enabled), and such other useful data.

Overall, the forum activity insights boil down to these two questions:

  • Are they active learners? Do they seek (or give) help from (or to) other folks on the forum for any clarifications in the process of learning?
  • Do they shy away from the forum? If so, why? You can examine from this question’s point of view and suggest/take corrective measures.

#2 No Login Course Report of Students

Moodle learning analytics is another area where you find the improvements from Moodle 3.8 version onward. From this new addition to the reporting and analytics functionalities, teachers come to know which of their learners have not logged into a course for a week, month, or even since enrollment into the course.

So, this new analytics report enables teachers to contact via message, encourage their disengaged learners, and bring them back onto their learning track.

#3 H5P Integration

Two Open Source platform – Moodle and Joubel (the parent organization of H5P) – come together to incorporate H5P into the core Moodle software. H5P integration into the Moodle LMS will take place in stages. What you see in Moodle 3.8 version as far as H5P concerned is the first stage.

Using the H5P project, Moodlers can create interactive content to enhance learners’ engagement dramatically. With the new H5P button placed on Atto editor, teachers link or upload a variety of content types such as quizzes, videos, presentations, etc., into their courses.

In a nutshell, you can achieve the following by this integration:

  • Creating interactive content
  • Boosting students’ engagement
  • Reusing the content without developing it from the scratch
  • Kindling interest in disengaged learners to pursue their learning goals back again

In the second stage of the project’s integration which will take place in the Moodle 3.9, Moodle users will have H5P activity inclusion.

#4 Moodle Loves Emojis

Love emojis in your communications? Yea, Moodle loves them as well. Moodle 3.8 facilitates to insert emojis in your private conversations as well as in Moodle courses through Atto editor.

Thus, emojis come handy in your communications in Moodle to express subtle emotions that cannot be done, sometimes, in words.

#5 Filter Courses to Cut Through Search

Okay. You have tens of courses on your Moodle system. So, it takes you a lot of time to get to a particular course, to its reports, and its analytics. To make things simple for you and to redeem your time on a monotonous search for a course, Moodle introduces a Course Filter on Dashboard. For all those Moodle admins out there, this filter provision is a big sigh of relief!

#6 Moodle App in Dark Mode

You liked the Dark Mode on your iPhone, Mac, or iPod, didn’t you? And it’s in. Now, Moodle introduces the Dark Mode for Moodle App in its latest 3.8 version. You can enable it while you are working or traveling at night. This update for your LMS app is super cool, isn’t this?

Besides, you can view H5P content in your LMS app when you are offline.

Extra Snippet

Moodle HQ dedicates its latest version to Koen Roggemans and the global community of translators as a token of appreciation for their services. Koen has been coordinating Moodle LMS translation into other languages since 2004. With this world-wide community of translators, Moodle could make itself available in over 100 languages.

Open Source Vs Closed Source LMS: Which one is better and why?

open source vs closed source LMS

open source vs closed source LMS

Of the multitude of questions, while going for a Learning Management System (LMS), this one query takes much of your debate and attention. Because you grow or shrink in business with the learning platform you initially choose with. For you put all your eggs in one basket – Open Source or Closed Source LMS. Hence, the ball is in your court to go with the best technology that fits the bill for your organization’s Learning and Development (L&D).

So, let’s see what these platforms mean and what they are better at and why. Understanding their definitions helps you avoid jumping into unnecessary and avoidable conclusions.

What’s in the name?

Open Source Software (OSS): a computer program that is freely given under a license to examine, to change, and to improve the original code (or Source Code) for any application by anyone. The key trait of Open Source technology is to collaborate and to distribute.

For example, WordPress (Content Management System) and Moodle (Learning Management System).

There will be periodic code lock-ins in this platform to release the Source Code with updates. In this content, Moodle LMS is the perfect example. Moodle releases its versions biannually. So, when an individual or a team wants to contribute they need to keep the code lock-in dates in mind for the upcoming version. Like that, the process of code enhancement goes on and on perpetually.

Closed Source Software: a computer code that is locked for free use. If you want to use this platform you need a license (by purchasing) for the individual, team or, organization who developed it. This kind of platform is purely commercial and is also called as “Proprietary” software. In other words, only those who wrote the software program can access to alter the Source Code for any purpose. If others do it, it’s a punishable crime under the laws of the land. The nature of Closed Source technology is limiting by itself, especially in the improvements arena.

In the LMSs, for example, Docebo is a closed source platform. And they are many such LMSs ( or other closed source technologies such as MSSQL) in the market.

How good is Open Source LMS?

The OSS offers many blessings in disguise. Unless otherwise, you look beyond its surface level, you may miss them from noticing. Look at a bunch of aspects from this platform discussed here below.

Highly Customizable

Being an Open Source LMS means a lot to the organizations across the spectrum of business and industry. In business dynamics, one fit doesn’t suit all. You need to tailor-make the application to suit your organization’s specific learning needs. In this arena, you can give a tick to Open Source LMS like BizLMS which is a corporate training LMS. You want to add a module or delete one, customize the same to incorporate what achieves your organization’s economic goals.

Heightened Security 

With each improvement or update of the platform, the security enhancements increase to the next level. If you consider the Moodle platform, for example, it is the first LMS to be compliant with the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), which secures the integration of learning applications (or tools) to your LMS. The additional security layers will be added to the same by your LMS vendor, such as BizLMS, to heighten the security.

Handling Budget

You can literally heave a sigh of relief! As mentioned in the above paragraphs, you can grow or shrink with the LMS you choose with. The Open Source LMSs like BizLMS offers everything you look for in a learning platform at an affordable price tag. There will be no question of shelling out extra bucks for unnecessary modules or tools.

Happily Collaborating and Improving

There is no question of discontinuity or instability with open source platforms. They perpetually improve themselves. As a community – of developers, admins, users, and anyone in between – contribute to its improvement, and that goes a long way. So, there is no question of service crippling when a proprietary closes shops. Additionally, the platform improvements adhere to the Open Standards.

Helming the affairs (Control of Data)

The open-source software puts you at the helm. For example, you can install the Source Code on your premises. That means you have the remote with you to control your data flow. You know, in this information age, data is as good as diamonds. It’s that precious and must be secured. BizLMS helps you do exactly the same – your data is your data only!

Why does Open Source LMS come at a cost?

It’s a misconception that open source LMS comes for free of cost.

Though it’s the OSS, you have to pay to get the fully-customized platform tweaked to suit your requirements. Indeed, the charge is not for the software, but for software services and support such as customization ( and it may include even redesigning of the User Interface), installation, and bug-fixing after you get the platform.

So, the bottom line here when it comes to choosing your LMS is to consider the Open Source LMS for flexibility, affordability, and security reasons. Bet you won’t regret your decision for good for going with the Open Source LMS like Moodle.

Blended Learning with BizLMS: Make the Most of Classrooms

blended learning with BizLMS

blended learning with BizLMS

No two persons learn at the same rate even if the corporate training is given by the same instructor through the same learning model. So, for optimum learning and development (L&D) from the corporate training, you often need to switch to other modules to get the best of the workspace Learning Management System (LMS) and from your employees.

Blended learning delivers just that!

What is Blended Learning?

Blended learning combines online learning environment with the conventional face-to-face classrooms for optimum learning output. That means, in this context, the corporate training blends various learning models to make learning result-oriented ( = to meet the economic goals of the organization).

The list presents all the types of blended learning:

  1. Station Rotation
  2. Lab Rotation
  3. Individual Rotation
  4. Flipped Classrooms
  5. Flex
  6. A La Carte
  7. Enriched Virtual

(The list is taken from blendedlearning.org). It’s for the instructor to decide which methodology suits well for their learners. That way you integrate the learning paths for training large sets of skills.

How do you benefit from Blended Learning?

Called sometimes as ‘hybrid learning,’ blended learning combines various learning strategies for optimum results. Some of the top benefits of blended instruction are given here below.

  • Make room for every employee to learn and develop. When you strategize your corporate training with hybrid learning, you are putting the best foot forward in all aspects. The employees’ point of view, you give an equal opportunity by creating a conducive environment for them to enhance their skill sets to meet the economic objectives of your organization. That happens only when everyone who participates in the training contributes to their organizational goals.
  • Time saved on corporate training is investment saved. Since this strategy utilizes every feasible way (offline or online) to train employees, your organization saves big on investment by cutting huge on time constraint expenses. Isn’t it good to cut and save the budget wherever it is possible?
  • Improved learner engagement & evaluation. Blended instruction incorporates learning methods suitable for every learner involved in corporate training. Thus, improving their engagement as a whole. This increased participation in the training also leads to better evaluation of each of the participants. This may lead to better cooperation among the participants themselves. Besides, trainers can take attendance as well as feedback from the personnel for training evaluation.
  • Better teaching pedagogy. Blended learning gives enough room even to the instructors. It helps teachers try various pedagogical methods in corporate training and incorporate better grasping techniques/resources such as PowerPoint, Audio & Video, animation, infographics and so on. In the Instructor-led Trainings (ILTs), trainers may include any of the above to teach concepts better than the lone conventional methods.
  • Cost-saving corporate training. If you consider only one kind of methodology or technique for corporate training, it takes a longer time and may or may not be effective for the whole of the cohort. If you throw your weight behind various models of blended instruction, that yields expected outcomes at a minimal budget allocation for your organization’s L&D.

In BizLMS, you have it all! You have the classrooms/ILTs modules built at its core for workspaces across the spectrum of businesses. Try out its demo site to learn more about the platform and to know how it solves your corporate training needs.

What to Look for in a Corporate LMS for Better ROI

Corporate LMS features

Corporate LMS features

In the 21st-century corporate organizations are boiling pots of research and innovation. Something or the other will be continually on the anvil or ready to be launched into the market. It requires a great amount of professional knowledge before the application of the same on their solutions to achieve the economic goals of the organization.

Corporates go through or have to go a lot of Learning and Development (L&D) in-house. Some of them are:

  • Employee Onboard Training
  • Compliance Training
  • Skill Upgradation
  • Sales Training
  • Leadership and Management Training, and so on

For all these pieces of training to take place, you need a Learning Management System (LMS). The LMS plays a pivotal role in training your audience, but at the same it costs you. To cut the costs on having a separate LMS for each entity under your umbrella corporation, consider the following aspects of an LMS. (In other words, you are intelligently spending money on a corporate training LMS so that you can reap in better ROI in the future.)

Let see the factors that save you a lot by considering an LMS with these features but promise good returns.

#1 Multitenancy

It means a single instance (or software code) supports its use by multiple users (organizations/institutions). And each user can’t access the data of the others even though they employ the same platform for L&D.

Any conglomerate with multiple lines of business, even more than one, should look for this extremely helpful feature. A very few LMSs in the market provide this feature. For corporates, this useful character of a platform saves from burning a hole into their pockets again and again, but for LMS vendors it’s quite the opposite way.

#2 Scalability

If the learning platform doesn’t support your scalability, again you are at the risk of incurring money for a new one. Scalability of an LMS takes care of your organizations’ corporate training needs when you expand your business into new territories as a new organization/department.

Using the organization structure, create various organizations and their unique departments, even sub-departments under them using the same software platform.

#3 Blended Learning

The corporate training should aim for optimizing the learning and related resources at an organization – learning methods and personnel. Sometimes a face to face, traditional training works far better than a self-faced videos and online learning. For optimization of resources, you have to go for LMSs that feature blended learning – eLearning, Classrooms, Certifications, Programs and so on.

Coming to the feature availability, a few LMS vendors provide this feature in a combination with multitenancy.

#4 Mobile App Version

The learning or acquiring information methods have changed over the years. And most of the working world is online today. As you know the money, men and (time) management are critical resources for any corporates. So, utilizing the fruits of technological inventions to aid your L&D makes a better sense. For example, self-paced learning videos and assignments submissions can be done even through a mobile phone as you can expect the employees to have a smartphone for doing some ‘smart learning.’

#5 Subscription Plans

Choose a corporate LMS wisely. You may find an LMS loaded with awesome features, but it breaks your bank. What’s the use when some other LMS gives the same functionalities at a much lesser price tag? Shelling out more bucks on the former is no good idea unless otherwise you badly need those features unique to you.

For example, you have 50 users and each one is charged at $3 on ABC LMS. when you bill it annually it amounts to $1800. There is another DEF LMS which comes for 300 users at $1700 with the same functionality. So, which one is better ABC or DEF?

The money saved on corporate training is money earned as the ROI.

#6 U/X Experience

User Experience (U/X) of a learning platform should accommodate easy and quick navigation through the system. Why? It saves your learners from a lot of headaches and above the time to grasp and learn the contents of so and so training.

The U/X factor may directly not contribute to better the ROI, but it certainly influences the other factors, such as mentioned above, which contribute to it.

Yea, meaningful learning outcomes result from a better U/X of a learning system.

#7 Learning Analytics & Reports

What’s the use of corporate training when you have no provision to analyze the learning outcomes? Without proper learning analytics and reporting tool, you don’t know where your corporate training head to. Hence, if you aim for a better ROI, you will have to go for a learning system which has an in-built analytics and reporting tool.

Or you have to go for a tool that aptly analyzes your system data for insights to make the right business decisions in line with the economic goals of the organization.

In conclusion, if you look for an impressive ROI in each financial year from the pieces of training, check out for a corporate training LMS that incorporates these characteristics along with other unique features in-line with the aforementioned purpose.

How Multitenancy On BizLMS Solves Your Need For One LMS

Multitenancy in BizLMS

 

Multitenancy in BizLMS

So, your organization has various lines of business and be like an umbrella corporation for all of them. And you want to employ one Learning Management System (LMS) for all the corporate Learning and Development (L&D) of your entire group. If that is the case, BizLMS is unmistakably the right choice.

With its multi-tenancy feature, one of the principal features of BizLMS, it serves the need of your employees’ learning and skill up-gradation to meet the economic objectives of their firm as well as the entire organization as a whole.

One Organization, One BizLMS

In software parlance, the term multitenancy depicts the architecture of one instance (or code) of software for the shared use of multiple tenants. Here tenants mean a group of individual lines of business of a large organization. Or an organization with more than one firm in it, with mutually exclusive economic goals.

This feature of an LMS offers a good number of advantages for corporates with multiple entities across the spectrum of business.

What you benefit with multi-tenancy on BizLMS:

  • Cut costs on corporate training. If you want to go for an LMS for each firm under your organization the L&D spending escalates to a high budget. However, you can drastically cut down on the same with the multitenancy feature on BizLMS.
  • Get the data invisible among the firms of the organization. Though employees of different entities of your organization use the same instance, they cannot see each other’s data. That is, the LMS is logically separated but physically integrated for them. However, the organization head gets to see all the data of his group of companies.
  • Use the color scheme to differentiate the individual firms under your organization.
  • Feel the clutter-free User Experience of BizLMS as you navigate through multitenancy and organization structure.

The multitenancy feature on BizLMS paves the way to organization structure from which you various organizations with their respective departments under each one. Even though BizLMS supports multitenancy when you create a specific eLearning course for a department only that department’s employee will see it and can access it. That’s what we mentioned even in the pros of the multitenancy character of BizLMS.

Moving on, this corporate LMS seamlessly supports the scalability of your organization in case you expand it in the future.

Thus, BizLMS is flexible and robust with multitenancy and scalability for any corporate of any sector and any size and scale. To know other features of our LMS, visit the website now.