E-Learning consists of all types of electronically supported teaching and learning. It represents the computer and network-enabled transfer of knowledge, behaviors, and skills. E-learning includes Web-based learning, virtual classrooms, digital collaboration, and computer-based applications. The learning activity is often delivered over the internet and intranet/extranet, although optical media, and satellite TV are also alternatives.
E-Learning has many benefits over traditional methods of learning. It enables individuals to study when it would otherwise not be practical. For example, a student may live in a remote location and be unable to relocate e.g. because of family commitments. It also allows the tuition to be self-paced or instructor-led, and is often more economical than traditional methods.
Linux has a wide range of e-Learning software available. The purpose of this article is to focus on open source software which is both user friendly for students and instructors.
To provide an insight into the software that is available, we have compiled a list of 11 of our favorite e-Learning tools. Hopefully, there will be something of interest here for anyone who wants to embrace electronically supported learning and teaching. We give our strongest recommendation to Moodle, Rogo, and ATutor.
So, let’s explore the 11 e-learning tools at hand. For each application we have compiled its own portal page, a full description with an in-depth analysis of its features, screenshots, together with links to relevant resources.
|Moodle||Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment|
|Rogō||A very reliable enterprise-level e-assessment system|
|ATutor||Designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind|
|Processing||Flexible software sketchbook and language|
|VUE||Concept and content mapping application|
|Chamilo||Flexible, easy-to-use e-Learning platform|
|ILIAS||Flexible and powerful open source learning management system|
|DoceboLMS||e-Learning and content management system|
|BOSS||Course management tool|
|SWAD||Social Workspace At a Distance|
|Claroline||Collaborative e-Learning and eWorking platform|
Read our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. The collection covers all categories of software.
The software collection forms part of our series of informative articles for Linux enthusiasts. There's tons of in-depth reviews, open source alternatives to proprietary software from large corporations like Google, Microsoft, Apple, Adobe, IBM, Cisco, Oracle and Autodesk. There are also fun things to try, hardware, free programming books and tutorials, and much more.