This post is continuation of “How to create and manage your academic or community website” article. In this one we will focus on the most popular free open source applications that you can use in order to create an e-Learning, school, academic or e-campus website with online lectures and other cool and helpful tools. We will review the most interesting tools and modules/ extensions that those application offer. Hence, you will get a brighter idea on which LMS is the one suitable for the online project you’re planning to start.
For those who consider themselves as new to LMS, we would like to shed some light on the meaning under the abbreviation LMS. A Learning Management System (LMS) is a software through which you can deliver learning content and resources to students, manage trainings, monitor students participation and assess their performance. LMS is very often used by large enterprises for their employees within the organization in order to monitor the effectiveness of company education and trainings. You can use various tools for organizing the online learning environment of your website, such as: competency management, certifications, succession planning, skills-gap analysis, virtual live classes and resource allocation (venues, rooms, textbooks, instructors, etc.). Students on your LMS web site are enabled to use interactive features such as threaded discussions, discussion forums and video conferencing.
Find below the table showing some of the main tools/ features that an LMS should offer. If the box is empty, that means that the feature is either not offered at the moment or it is in “coming soon” status. For further
detailed information on the functionality/ addons provided by these applications, please refer to the links
given below – we are sure you will find them helpful when making your mind which LMS application is the right for you.
This table compares the features of one of the most popular LMS applications (Moodle, Doceos, Atutor, Claroline, Docebo and JoomlaLMS). Still, you can review some other e-learning solutions on our LMS Hosting page.
In case you are not sure which one to choose, start with the one that offers the greatest number of features you need for your project. Then in time, if you feel this is not the right LMS application for you, you can change it with another one. At TMDHosting all that applications are provided with a pack of free services such as: Free installation and configuration, Free module installation, Free theme change. For more information on our LMS hosting services, feel free to contact us at anytime.
Or some essential tips to learn and have fun with classmates and friends.
Have you ever thought to make a website that would help your classmates and professors keep track of lectures, homework and curriculum activities? If this sounds boring to you let me explain how to turn your web page into the coolest and most visited site your school has ever had.
First and most important element about your community website is your content. Web content consists of all documents, data, applications, images, audio and video files that you publish on your web page. It is crucial that you update regularly your website content and publish information that is interesting to your readers. For example, if you are building an academic website you can speak to your teacher about his/hers lectures and ask permission to publish them online, where everyone can read them at home. You can also find out which are your classmates’ favorite books, games, and movies and ask them to write short reviews. Or you can start up a competition and publish the best school essays so everyone can log in, read them and vote. The best ideas about your website content you will find around yourself by asking friends what they like to read and learn more about. Your content is also a key element of your web page because search engines can index text easily and if the information is close to what a searcher is seeking it can be delivered as a site for the seeker of information. This will eventually result into growing number of visits to your site and high search engine ranking.Read more