It won’t come as a surprise to anyone in the sector that times are tough for charities. The Covid pandemic hit income streams hard.
An added dilemma for many was how to deliver training to employees, volunteers or indeed service users when face-to-face training was suddenly no longer possible. The move to e-learning was essential and for some that meant a free LMS platform.
But for many charities, there was a steep learning curve.
"Covid meant we had to stop delivering face-to-face training to volunteers, so we had to move things online quickly," said Hubken client Jane Griffin, Head of Partnerships at LGBT Youth Scotland.
Jane was not alone. At the beginning of the pandemic e-learning providers were inundated with enquiries from L&D managers across the charity sector and beyond desperate to transition to e-learning as quickly as possible.
For some that meant looking at free options.
While it is possible to distribute e-learning without a direct financial investment the old adage that you get what you pay for certainly holds true. The world’s most popular e-learning platform, Moodle, will often be the first thing you see if you Google ‘free e-learning platform.’
For good reason. Moodle is a tried and tested LMS.
Moodle is open-source, which means that the ‘source code’ on which it’s built can be obtained freely and amended by anyone with the necessary programming knowledge.
In reality though things aren’t quite that simple:
When you choose a managed open-source solution the possibilities for developing the way you train your teams are endless.
When choosing a new LMS you have 3 main options:
Here’s a top-line guide on how Hubken’s managed open-source solution compares to other options:
Hubken are e-learning partners with charities ranging from international household names to small, local charities. All want to have the best value technologies to deliver their e-learning programmes without compromising on power and functionality.
You may see that last row and think are Hubken really unbiased? While our solutions are based on Moodle or Totara technologies if we can’t offer you what you need, we’ll tell you so and recommend where else you could look.
We also invite you to compare our costs and services with other options. It’s about being straight, open and honest. And we’d also say friendly!
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