Course Management Platforms
Why should society feel responsible only for the education of children, and not for the education of all adults of every age? - Erich Fromm
- *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.
Online class taking is often done best with friends. A few people doing online study collaboratively can overcome all of the inherent disadvantages of the medium.