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Learning Trends & Innovations SIG - June Meeting

  • 11 Jun 2019
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • IQVIA (Formally Quintiles) Room 102, 4820 Emperor Boulevard, Durham, NC 27703
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  • Attend via Zoom

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Open Source Software Tools for Talent Management

For decades proprietary software as Saba, Adobe and Question Mark has been used to support our talent management needs. To often they do not meet our needs and require software licensing fees as well as yearly maintenance fees. In contract, open source software, such as Moodle, is free to license and maintenance cost is free as well. In addition, open source software can be customized to meet your needs. However, there is a cost of server space to host the software and some other operational costs, such as software development.

Open source software solutions are gaining momentum. Why? The term "open source" refers to something people can modify and share because its design and code is publicly accessible. As a result, open source allows you to implement new and innovate features more quickly than proprietary products. In addition, it can be more cost effective then proprietary software.

Join us to discuss the open source software trend and to see how a local global company is using open source software to support learners worldwide!

1. Define the term “open source” as it relates to software

2. Outline the categories of open source software to support talent development (

3. Discuss how SAS is using Moodle (open source LMS) to deliver training world wide. a) Why b) When and c) How - Demo

4. Give an example of how you could use one or more open source tools in your organization

Virtual Attendee URL: https://zoom.us/j/912675397

About the Presenters

Jim Farrell is the Director of Learning Design and Development at SAS Institute, which he joined in 2015 as a senior e-learning manager. Previously, Jim was the director of technology services at Weejee Learning and was a member of many award-winning project teams. Prior to Weejee, he was a product manager at Questionmark.

Jim has also been an instructional designer and e-learning developer, and he holds a master’s degree in educational technology leadership from George Washington University.


Carol Gravel is the executive director and principal consultant at Binnacle Consulting where she helps organizations navigate 21 century talent and learning to address the needs of their current and future workforce.

Carol has helped numerous organizations achieve measurable business impact through effective talent and learning strategies and solutions. During her career, Carol has held senior leadership roles in HR, OD, talent management and learning.

Carol has a doctorate in education; with a focus on instructional technology and distance education and a graduate certification in project management from George Washington University.

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