Spread of Free Campus users around the globe in 2015
The Chamilo Free Campus is a hosted, free to use, Chamilo LMS portal that lets you create courses and try out Chmailo features as a teacher. It is maintained thanks to the members of the Chamilo Association, and now has about 450,000 users registered (and around 10% of these use it regularly).
Obviously, because of the generic appearance of the campus (not offering the possibility to customize the design), it attracts mostly people with one of 3 profiles:
- Professionals wanting to give Chamilo a (short) run before deciding between several LMSes
- Teachers with no resources to have their own portal
- Students subscribing to follow their teachers’ courses
So this is a very specific, oriented population.
Nevertheless, I find it interesting to check the usage of the portal over the last 12 months. Our analytics allow us to show you to quickly show you these results…As you can see in the final table, South America and Central America clearly lead the use, dwarfing other parts of the world. Remember that this is a free, non-customizable campus, so it certainly has a greater adoption within lower resources areas. Somewhat not surprisingly, Australia, homeland of M00dle, does not appear in the first 10. Africa, where we suppose technological tools and a decent internet connection are still difficult to get around, does not make it to the first 10 subcontinents either.
But what can we make out of this data?
First, that Chamilo achieves its goal of improving education’s availability. It reaches areas otherwise left unattended by good tools for education.
Second, that North America, although far under in terms of absolute number and percentage, is coming in 4th place. This is relatively surprising given the european origin of the Chamilo project. We will work on this in the future, to “restore balance”, as they say.
Third, and this is something that does not appear directly above but in data that is available to us next to this one: Western Europe and North America are the fastest growing communities using the free campus in 2015. They got several places up from previous years in terms of proportion of new sessions.
While we don’t think this data is useful for any more than checking how we’re doing, we certainly believe others might find this analysis useful to their works or presentations about Chamilo.
Don’t forget that you also have useful information available, like https://version.chamilo.org/stats/ to help you out (the page is slow to load, but it’ll get you the information in the end), and that you can always write us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.