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ATutor – learning management system

ATutor is an open source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS).

Administrators can install or update ATutor quickly, develop custom themes to give ATutor a new look, and easily extend its functionality with feature modules.

Educators can quickly assemble, package, and redistribute Web-based instructional content, easily import prepackaged content, and conduct their courses online. Students learn in an accessible, adaptive, social learning environment.

Features include:

  • Inbox / messaging functionality.
  • Encrypted login passwords.
  • Work groups.
  • File storage which can be shared across groups or an entire course.
  • Group blogs.
  • Feedback.
  • Communication tools.
  • Students can make tests, check and store the scores.
  • Web-based information can be added as links in the ATutor database.
  • SCORM Run-Time Environment & SCO Manager.
  • Instructor ATutor Handbook: A link to the ATutor Instructor documentation is provided in every section.
  • Guest Access to Courses: Guests can access private courses using a link, provided by an instructor. The course can be viewed, but it can not be modified by guests.
  • Course Tool Preferences: Instructors can pick only the necessarily tools for defined courses.
  • Content Usage: Individual statistics are provided in order to identify issues with the content coverage and the learning progress of each person.
  • Work Groups Manager: Different work groups can be created and managed by the instructors.
  • File Storage: File Storage functionality allows files to be uploaded, stored and shared with different groups of users.
  • Content Editor: HTML content can be created and published in the courses.
  • Visual Editor: A JavaScript based WYSIWYG editor is included in the application.
  • Reading List: A Reading List with external resources like books can be included by the instructors.
  • Backup Manager: The courses can be stored through the backup functionality.
  • News & Announcements: Instructors can post news and announcements to inform the students for the courses content and modifications. An RSS feed can be started.
  • Polls: Polls can be used to gather students’ opinions.
  • Forums: Multiple forums can be set for each of the courses.
  • Course Email: Bulk e-mails can be sent to different users.
  • Privileges: Tutors can promote students allowing access to different instructors tools.
  • Addon Modules: FAQ, Google Search, RSS Feeds, EWiki, ACollab, ATalker Text-to-Speech and SCORM Packages modules are included in the quick installer functionality.
  • Module Manager: Administrators can install, enable and disable modules. Some of them are included in the script’s installation package. The others can be integrated additionally.
  • Patcher Module: Administrators can easily install different patches and security updates released by the ATutor developers.
  • Administrator ATutor Handbook: A link to the ATutor Administrator documentation is provided in every section.
  • Administrator Privileges: Specific privileges can be set for each administrator.
  • Pretty URLs: Pretty URLs can be enabled. This will ease the search engines in the indexing of the public ATutor courses.
  • Themes Manager: Themes can be modified and customized.
  • Automated Installer and Upgrade: An easy solution for the ATutor upgrade.
  • General Statistics: Shows system usage statistics.
  • Secure Course Content: Prevents unauthorized access to courses.
  • User Manager: Modification and management of users’ profiles.
  • Enrollment Manager: Enrol students to courses.
  • Course Manager: Manage courses, assign instructors.
  • Backup Manager: Generate backups and download backups of courses.
  • Course Categories: Set courses in corresponding categories.
  • Language Manager: Import and manage language packs.
  • Supports accessibility standards: W3C WCAG 1.0, W3C WCAG 2.0, W3C ATAG 2.0, US Section 508, Italy Stanca Act, IMS AccessForAll 2.0, and ISO FDIS 24751.
  • Supports Interoperability standards: OpenSocial 1.0, OAuth Authentication Protocol, IMS Content Packaging 1.1.2+, SCORM Content Packaging, SCORM 1.2 LMS RTE3, IMS Question Test Interoperability (QTI) 1.2/2.1, IMS Common Cartridge 1.0, and W3C XHTML 1.0.

Support: GitHub Code Repository
Developer: Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University
License: GNU General Public License v2.0


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