Course Management Platforms
Online education is not for the person who must follow a leader. It is not for the person who needs to be told to study, what to study and when. But if learning is your thing, the online class is one way to give your mind what it craves most.
- *Featured Resourse* Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment (Moodle) is a free and open-source course management system developed with PHP and MySQL. As an open source product, it is both free and infinitely modifiable with many plugin modules available. It had a user base of 52,153 registered sites with 30,176,528 users in 2,770,832 courses in March, 2009. Development on Moodle continues by a widely distributed network of commercial and non-commercial users, coordinated by the Moodle company based in Perth, Australia.
- Another excellent open-source LMS is OLAT, which uses a Java based system developed at the University of Zurich, Switzerland starting in 1999 and continuing.
- Primarily used in K-12 environments, Angel Learning Inc. evolved from research at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 1996. Angel was the recipient of a number of awards and was acquired by Blackboard in 2009. See ANGEL LMS on Wikipedia.
- Sakai Project
- WebCT is used largely in colleges and universities and has been acquired by Blackboard.
- SharePointLMS is based on the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 platform and is integrated with the Microsoft Office Communication Server 2007.
- WiZiQ is a Free Online Teaching and E-Learning environment which requires only a web browser, though camera, microphone, and writing tablet make it possible to take full advantage of its features. Though free, many features are only available with a paid subscription.
See a more complete listing of Learning Management Systems.
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