Category Archives: Course management systems and learning platforms

Systems used to power and/or manage online learning

15 – Moodle

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The world’s free learning platform that helps you create effective online teaching and learning experiences in a collaborative, private environment

Cost: Free. Open Source
Available: Download
Website: https://moodle.org/
Categories: courseauthoringcoursemanagement

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 15 2014: 12  2013: 11  2012: 11  2011: 8  2010: 10  2009: 14=  2008: 9  2007: 12=

Comment from those who selected Moodle as one of their Top Tools 

“flexible, complete and for any kind of organisation| Gemma Lesterhuis, 2015

“great platform for housing course work and even better for collecting student work” Justine Poldevin, 2014

“you can download your own onto your machine” brilliant, 2014

26 – Articulate Storyline

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Empower rapid e-learning with a set of powerful authoring tools: eg E-Learning Studio and Storyline 2. Track e-learning through Articulate Online.

Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available
Available: Download
Websitehttps://www.articulate.com/
Categories: course authoring, course management

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 26  2014: 21  2013: 25  2012: 37  2011: 46  2010: 43  2009: 24  2008: 25  2007: 22=

Comments from some of those who selected Articulate as one of their Top Tools 

“Storyline: Hands-down this is the easiest elearning authoring tool I’ve ever used. And the Articulate community is second to none – welcoming, active, helpful and just a collection of fun people. Want to get the most out of your Storyline experience?”  Brian Washburn, 2015

“Storyline: I could write many articles on why, but I can sum it up with two statements. First, “folks get it”. For whatever reason (my team trialled several competing tools), folks become more productive with Storyline- faster than their competitor’s tools. And second, “community”. Even if you aren’t an Articulate user, join the Articulate community and benefit from the resources shared.” David Glow, 2015

37 – Canvas

canvas

Canvas is a new style course management system that is adaptable, customizable, easy to use and mobile

Cost: Commercial. Free Trial available
Available: Hosted/Installed
Websitehttps://www.instructure.com/
Categories: coursemanagement

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 37  2014: 78  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who chose Canvas as one of their Top 10 Tools

“A user-friendly course management system for the 21st century – with a clean, modern, uncluttered interface.” 2015

39 – Edmodo

edmodo

Edmodo is a private social platform for teachers and students to share ideas, files, events and assignments.

Cost: Free
Available: Hosted
Website:  https://www.edmodo.com/
Categories: coursemanagement, classroom

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 39  2014: 41  2013: 29  2012: 22  2011: 46=  2010: 88=  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Edmodo as one of their top tools

“This serves as our class website and allows me to communicate more with students.”Olivia Seger, 2015

“a safe site for students to network” Diane Lowery 2014

“I have been an Edmodo fan since it first launched. I currently use it to coordinate professional development for my teachers.”  Tim Childers 2013

53 – Udutu

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Udutu’s course authoring software lets you build course quickly and easily online either on your own or collaboratively with others.

Cost: Free. (Hosting per screen charge where required)
Available: Hosted.
Website: http://www.udutu.com/
Categories: course authoring, course management

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 53  2014: 50  2013: 50  2012: 67  2011: 69=  2010: 95=  2009: 64=  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Udutu as one of their Top Tools 

“Udutu authoring Tools – easy to use with many interactive tools. Udutu LMS – Well supported and flexible team with which to work” Robert Craigo, 2015

“Udutu LMS simple to set up, fast and scalable! Udutu authoring tool! keeps improving, easy branching!” Richard Mundell, 2015

“We use this free authoring tool to create all the learning content in our sales skills tool. Easy to use with lots of bells and whistles to spice up a course.” Linda Willis, 2014

61 – Schoology

schoology

Schoology is a course management system and social network for K-12 schools and higher education institutions focused on collaboration, that allows users to create, manage, and share academic content.

Cost: Free and enterprise versions
Available: Hosted
Website:  https://www.schoology.com/
Categories: coursemanagement

Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning:

  • 2015: 61  2014: 98  2013: –  2012: –  2011: –  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from those who selected Schoology as one of their Top 10 Tools

“Schoology is the idea way for me to manage my lessons, share content, and engage with my students.” 2015

95 – Blackboard Learn

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Blackboard Learn is an educational learning management system – part of a suite of educational tools from Blackboard.

Cost: Commercial.
Available: Installed
Websiteblackboard.com/platforms/learn.aspx
Categories: coursemanagement
Ranking on Top 100 Tools for Learning 2015:

  • 2015: 95  2014: 90  2013: 88  2012: 89  2011: 68=  2010: –  2009: –  2008: –  2007: –

Comments from some of those who selected Blackboard Learn as one of their Top Tools

“We’ve had Blackboard Learn in our university for many years now, It’s a useful one-stop portal for the students.” 2015