11 Best Free and Open Source Linux e-Learning Tools

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. Here’s our verdict captured in a legendary LinuxLinks-style ratings chart.

Ratings chart for the best free and open source e-learning tools

Explore the 11 e-learning tools at hand. Click the links in the table below to learn more about each tool.

e-Learning Tools
MoodleModular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment
ProcessingFlexible software sketchbook and language
ATutorDesigned with accessibility and adaptability in mind
OppiaOnline learning tool simulating a one-on-one conversation with a tutor
ChamiloFlexible, easy-to-use e-Learning platform
CanvasModern learning management system.
ILIASFlexible and powerful open source learning management system
VUEConcept and content mapping application
SWADSocial Workspace At a Distance
ClarolineCollaborative e-Learning and eWorking platform
BOSSCourse management tool

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Best Free and Open Source SoftwareRead our complete collection of recommended free and open source software. Our curated compilation covers all categories of software.

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Syed Usman
Syed Usman
5 years ago

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