It is no secret that Amazon is moving as quickly as possible in their attempt to dominate cloud-everything. Recently, they announced that this will include a dedicated LMS service. I checked out the 3 Test Drives they have online, each with a different partner (Moodle isn’t currently an option). These solutions are still early versions but, I wanted to see the ideas it could offer for LMS and Moodle developers.
SCORM and AICC compatible, this solution has corporate training in mind. It is available only as a subscription, and it states that it is easy to use and set up. However, my quick run through didn’t leave me very impressed and its design looks like a preservation effort from the dial-up age.
Another solution without distinguishing features. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to complete the demo, it as the page showed an error each time I attempted to log in.
This was the most interesting solution, if only because it uses the popular MOOC platform edX. Its benefits include a sequential layout of content and activities that gives the student a sense of path. The design of the discussion module is appealing, with live updates and its icon set. The course editor looks sleek and easy to use, with sections and subsections that can include deadlines or be open, for self paced courses.
If you did not know already, you can install Moodle on AWS and get all the benefits of EC2 servers. The idea of edX on AWS is interesting.
Take the Test Drives here.
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