Thursday, January 13, 2011

Open Source Software: Online education/eLearning (Free to download and use)

1. BOSS Online Submission System

Developed by the University of Warwick, the BOSS Online Submission System isn't a complete eLearning solution, but does allow students to submit assignments online securely. Teachers can then run tests on submissions and grade assignments online. Operating System: Windows, Linux, Unix, OS X.

2. Claroline

Used by hundreds of organizations in 93 countries, Claroline makes it easy to upload course documents, create online exercises, develop a learning path, coordinate group work, and track student progress. It also includes a calendar, wiki, chat, and the other features you would expect in an eLearning system. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.


Short for "Collaborative Face-to-Face Educational Environment," CoFFEE aims to help groups of students work together on problem-solving activities. It includes a set of tools for collaboration, shared work, individual work, and communication that can be managed and monitored by the instructor. Operating System: OS Independent.

4. eFront

eFront is available in both a free, community edition, or a commercial edition that provides paid support. One of the more attractive eLearning systems, its designers specifically intended to create an easy-to-use and aesthetically pleasing interface. Operating System: Windows, Linux.


Widely used internationally, ILIAS supports multiple languages. It includes all of the standard LMS modules, plus the ability to accept and track payment for courses. The Web site includes a helpful demo of the application's features. Operating System: Windows, Linux.

6. LogiCampus Educational Platform

Built by a college in Texas, LogiCampus gives educational institutions a free way to manage distance learning and on-campus classes. It gives educators the tools they need to set up an online class and stay in touch with students, and it simplifies tasks like exam scheduling, ordering textbooks, and making course changes. Operating System: Windows

7. Moodle

Tremendously popular, Moodle boasts more than 35 million users on more than 48,000 eLearning sites, and the Web site includes a substantial amount of support. It can be used to run a complete online class or to augment a face-to-face learning situation. Operating System: Windows, Linux, OS X.

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