Learning management systems
Deliver content, courses or training programs online.
A Learning Management System (LMS) is a web-based application that enables the management and delivery of education courses or training programs. Brightcookie offers open source solutions that can be customised to meet the learning requirements of your organisation.
Brightcookie is a certified Totara Partner. Totara LMS is a custom distribution of Moodle for the corporate sector. It includes all of Moodle’s capabilities and with additional functionalities designed specifically for the corporate training sector.
Key features include: competency structure to which you can link roles, learning resources and courses; positions and organisational frameworks allowing you to allocate training to specific positions and organisational structures; individual learning plans so you can track on-the-job training and assess progress towards career goals and company objectives; management of face-to-face training; and sophisticated reporting with a personalised management reporting dashboard and custom report builder.
Moodle is an open-source software learning management system built on the principles of constructionism, flexibility and learner engagement. Moodle LMS supports a wide range of elearning and teaching styles – from simple information/document sharing right through to learner collaboration and interaction.
Moodle is a modular system based on plugins. There are plugins for different kinds of learning activities, assessments, collaboration and reporting. General features include customisable site design and layout, personalised learner dashboard, collaborative tools and activities, learner file management system, multilingual capability, user roles and permissions and peer and self assessment.
Learning delivery systems
Take control of your learning delivery using a simple, user friendly content management system (CMS).
A content management system is a computer program that allows publishing, editing and modifying content, as well as maintenance from a central interface. They are often used to run websites containing blogs, news, and shopping as they can be easily maintained and updated by the user. These websites can be enhanced with the use of specific themes, pages, elements and plugins.
Based on the popular WordPress CMS, lxCourse makes it easy to add online learning delivery to your website. For companies or institutions that do not have complex enrolment or assessment needs this is an easy and cost effective means to get started in online learning.
Learning content is editable via your browser, just like any other content on your website and the reporting needs are taken care of by an Experience API Learning Record Store (LRS). Completion certificates and reports are also able to be generated.
Encourage and capture learning through collaboration and social networking.
Social learning is about conversation and collaboration. According to McCall’s 70:20:10 learning model, as much as 90% of learning is through social and experiential learning experiences.
Social learning platforms provide not only the opportunity for social interaction, but they also foster a collaborative community where users can share what they are learning, communicate best practices, and vote on the content they find the most helpful.
Many secondary and tertiary educational institutions benefit from the use of software that focuses on the social aspect of education.
lxSocial is Brightcookie’s social learning platform. Built on the social publishing platform of Known, lxSocial lets you connect your learners and deliver learning in a social and collaborative way.
Key features include: uploading learning resources and group them into structured learning plans; assigning learning plans to your learners and add learning supervision to your existing social systems; managing roles and relationships for learners, supervisors and learning content creators; and collaborating with the sharing of files, status updates, ideas and questions.
lxSocial is also built to bolt onto your existing social platform so that you can harness your existing user base and functionality. Currently lxSocial is available as a plugin for Known with Totara Social and aWordPress versions are on the way.
Totara Social is an open source Enterprise Social Network (ESN) designed to manage and connect your people to the knowledge and resources within your organisation.
Benefits include: turning the learning of staff into organisational knowledge; encouraging the sharing of expertise and the creation of new information that the organisation can own and share; connecting and organising with sharing, group definition, tagging, file sharing; commenting and voting; capturing exchanges across a variety of social networks and add value to them by recording, indexing, storing and assessing.
Mahara is a learner-centred personal learning environment that allows you to restrict the access you give to people viewing your ePortfolio. Mahara is a stand-alone system that can be integrated into a wider virtual learning framework. It provides a single-sign on capability that allows users to be automatically logged in to both their Mahara and LMS accounts.
Key features include: controling which items and what information other users see with pages; sharing to individuals or to members of a group or community; creating and sharing journal entries, files and digital CVs; and receiving public or private feedback on shared information.
Reduce data entry duplication and increase productivity by integrating learning and administrative systems.
Brightcookie has experience and existing applications to integrate your LMS with your other administrative systems.
Duplicate entries into student management systems, learning management systems and human resource systems are frustrating not to mention the increased risk of inaccurate data entry.
Integrations between applications have tended to be complex and expensive as they have required custom programming.
Brightcookie has solved this problem through the SMSConnector, a middle-ware application that allows automated workflows between the various administrative and learning systems within your organisation.
Learning content repositories
Share, manage and use educational resources within and between organisations.
There is an increase in use of repositories to share online learning and teaching content within and between institutions. Learning content repositories are large collections of teaching materials that can be used and adapted for use in a variety of educational delivery methods. It enables educators to share, manage and use educational resources within and between organisations.
Alfresco is a leading open-source content management system. Alfresco features include: document, web content, records and image management; learning content management support for learning management systems; learning object repository; automated workflow processes; multilanguage support; multiplatform support; browser-based graphic user interface; desktop integration with Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice; online integration with Google Docs; and multiple database support.
Admin user interfaces
Simplify LMS administrative duties using a clean and separate user interface (UI).
Simplify the use of a LMS by giving administrators a clean and separate user interface that removes irrelevant system functions.
Brightcookie has created a separate UI for administrative users of Moodle LMS. Called the Console, this simple and clean interface hides some of the complexities of the existing Moodle interface and makes the administrative tasks of user management and reporting much easier to do.
The Console can be used as a standard version or customised to include additional functionalities. The customised version is ideal for clients requiring more specific and complex functionalities.
Key features of the Console include: creating users and enrol them directly into courses in one easy step; assigning non-editing teacher and student roles to users; creating institutes and departments; assigning a user to an institute or department admin role giving them the responsibility to manage their own users; running course completion reports and other custom reports; sending custom email notifications to users; and seamlessly integrating with Moodle LMS.