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 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 manage websites containing blogs, news, and shopping as they can be easily maintained and updated by the administrator. These websites can be enhanced with the use of specific themes, pages, elements and plugins.
For companies or institutions that have more streamlined 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. We provide you with a CMS based on the popular WordPress CMS making it easy to add online learning delivery to your website.
Reporting needs are taken care of by an Experience API Learning Record Store (LRS). Completion certificates and reports can be generated.
Learning content repositories
Share, manage and use educational resources within and between organisations
Learning content repositories are large collections of teaching materials that can be used and adapted for use in a variety of educational delivery methods. They enable educators to share, manage and use educational resources within and between organisations. The benefits of shared information and resources has meant an increase in use of respositories across industries.
Alfresco is a leading open-source content management system preferred by Brightcookie for the management of your learning content repositories. Alfresco features include:
- document, web content, records and image management
- learning content management support for learning management systems
- learning object repository
- automated workflow processes
- multi-language support
- multi-platform support
- browser-based graphic user interface
- desktop integration with Microsoft Office, OpenOffice.org and LibreOffice
- online integration with Google Docs
- multiple database support
Experience API (previously known under the code-name ‘Tin Can API’) is a new specification that allows the collection of learning experiences wherever they occur.
It is commonly considered as the successor to the SCORM standard (which has been limiting the collection of experiences into Learning Management Systems and has also been very restrictive on the type of information you can collect).
lxHive is the result of years of specialised development of innovative elearning solutions. The ability to track formal instruction is important to many educational and corporate organisations, a job easily accomplished by a traditional LMS.
Where lxHive rises to the occasion is this: it tracks learning experiences that happen outside of the LMS such as coaching, peer-to-peer learning, sharing of knowledge, networking and other work experiences.
lxHive has been developed as a fast and lightweight open source xAPI conformant LRS.
lxHive is a Learning Record Store (LRS) that allows for the collection and storage of learning data from a variety of sources including the LMS, individual user input, mobile apps (for example, live streaming apps, conference apps) and internet connected devices (for example, simulators, machines).
lxHive logs and returns activity statements as defined in the Experience API (xAPI) specification (formerly TinCan API).
- xAPI is a new specification for learning technology that enables the collection of data about the wide range of learning experiences a learner has
- These experiences can happen in an online environment as well as offline
- They cover more formal learning experiences (such as results from a LMS) as well as informal learning experiences such as participation in short courses, conferences, and other activities
Anything you learn is everything we know.
Visit the lxHive website for more about the product Brightcookie has created to better serve its clients.
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 grouping them into structured learning plans
- assigning learning plans to your students and adding learning supervision to your existing social systems
- managing roles and relationships for students, supervisors and learning content creators
- 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. lxSocial is currenlty available as a plugin for Known, with Totara Social and WordPress versions 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.
Key features 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
- add value to exchanges 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:
- controlling 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
- receiving public or private feedback on shared information
Increase productivity by integrating learning and administrative systems.
Duplicate entries across student management systems, learning management systems and human resource systems come with the risk of inaccurate data entry and other inherent frustrations.
Brightcookie has developed the SMSConnector, an application to integrate your LMS with your other administrative systems. It is a middleware application that allows automated workflows between the various administrative and learning systems within your organisation.