Online Learning Management Systems

Here are several different types of learning management systems (LMS). Look at the differences between them and determine which one best suits your grade level. Explore the following links and see which one you would be interested in creating a lesson.

Moodle–is a learning management system (LMS) - a free, Open Source software package designed using sound pedagogical principles, to help educators create effective online learning communities. You can download and use it on any computer you have handy (including webhosts), yet it can scale from a single-teacher site to a University with 200,000 students. Check out one of the Moodle Demonstration Courses.

Sakai develops and distributes the open-source Sakai CLE, an enterprise-ready collaboration and courseware management platform that provides users with a suite of learning, portfolio, library and project tools. Check it out and see what additional features it offers

MIT Open Courseware A free learning community that provides free lecture notes, exams, and videos from MIT.
Blended Learning: Where Online and Face-to-Face Instruction Intersect for 21st Century Teaching and Learning reviews the working definitions of blended learning, explores relevant efficacy data, recaps innovative and practical implementation models and provides profiles of several schools and districts that are experiencing success with their blended learning programs. Download this Whitepaper.

Some Additional Learning Management Systems
Blackboard
K-12 Area of the Blackboard Online Learning Management System.
Explore the Blackboard site. If you want to take it for a test drive, there is a Free 60 day trial.
Course Sites from BlackBoard https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html

eClassroom
Description: The K-12 Divison of eCollege Learning Management System. (LMS). You can experiment with this site by going to the Teacher Institute link and logging in with the username: teach and the password: teach eClassroom also offers a free trial.

Edmodo
Looks like Facebook but protected and safe for students

Ucompass
The makers of Educator Learning Management Software.

Nicenet's Internet Classroom Assistant
A free Learning Management System for teachers to use with their students. Not a lot of bells and whistles but - hey it's free.

QuickMind.Net
Learning Management - geared to the K-12 schools.
Click on the View Demo button to take a tour of this program and also look around the site.

ATutor
ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS) however, this system has to be downloaded to your school server.

Mind Flash
View the sample course to get an idea how this online course shell management system works. Click the link to try a sample course is on the lower left side of the page. If you want to try it out yourself, there is a free 30 day trial.

Edu Tools
Based on a web site originally created by Bruce Landon and now maintained by C2T2 and WCET "to help educators evaluate and select online delivery software"; offers reviews, comparisons, and links to the major providers of learning management software.

My Teacher Assistant
Another site for you to check out.

Angel Learning
A relatively new kid on the block for your learning management system.

Schoology
Another newer Learning Management System discovered by the Ed Tech team at FETC and TCEA 2012 conferences.

Wikispaces
Very basic editing tool. Not as much ability for creativity, but great for beginners.


Last updated January 16, 2014
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