Selected Learning Management Systems and
Web-based Training Systems
The following directory of products and vendors that are used with a web
browser is not exhaustive, and omission is not an indication of lack of merit.
Comments are preliminary evaluations and subject to further product
Free Open Source Software—
Course or Content management systems (CMS) and tools.
- Manhattan Virtual Classroom
- Learning Management Systems
- OpenLaszlo — Alternative to Macromedia tools, runs on Linux.
Commercial Learning Management Systems (LMS) —
Having administrative and perhaps diagnostic features.
- WebCT — Includes extensive WBT
features. Fixed-price server pricing, unlimited students and sessions. No
standalone use except as time-limited free demo. Server requires Microsoft
Windows NT 4.0. Written in C and perl. Accessible with any browser, no plugins
- Pathlore — Workstation and
application server both require Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 2000, or NT 4.0, and
server needs MS IIE 4.0 or Netscape web server. Only works with MS SQL Server
7.0 or Oracle 7.3 databases.
- LearnFrame — AICC-Compliant.
Workstation and application server both require Microsoft Windows 95, 98, 2000,
or NT 4.0. Only works with MS SQL Server 7.0 or Oracle 7.3 databases.
- Integrity eLearning —
AICC-Certified. Have WBT authoring tool. Requires NT web server. Only works
with Microsoft database products. Best used with Macromedia tools (below).
- Blackboard — Hosts online
services and offers a standalone product called CourseInfo.
- Saratoga Group
- Centra Symposium
- Web Course in a
- Avilar WebMentor
Commercial Web-based Training (WBT) Systems —
Having authoring, delivery and perhaps diagnostic features.
Web Learning — Main products needed for WBT development are
Authorware, Coursebuilder, and Dreamweaver. Expensive, only runs on Windows, Mac.
- SocratEase — Extensive WBT
package with LMS features, written in java, so can run standalone or on any
workstation that supports a browser with java, including PCs and Macs, but
expensive user- and session-based pricing.
- QuestionMark — Runs on PCs,
creates exams and reports results.
— Limited exambuilder capabilities. Needs perl.
- Interactivetest.com —
Create multiple-choice exams on their site that students can take and have
scores reported to you. Annual pricing for licenses that limit the number of
- EasyT Online Subject
— A rapid development tool for teachers and curriculum developers building
online subjects. The EasyT Online Subject Wizard works with Microsoft FrontPage
2000 to build a tailored, interactive web template within minutes. Subject
content (lectures, tutorials, assignments etc) can then be typed directly into
the template using the FrontPage WYSIWIG Editor or added by simple cut and
paste from any word processor.
- QuizPlease — Create
multimedia/interactive tests for the Internet. It also creates Email-surveys
and assignments. Requires at least Netscape 3 or Internet Explorer 3. No
add-ins are required. Quizzes are "portable"; they may be taken on
the Web, over a Network, from a CD or even from a diskette.
2000 Quizzing Engine Add-in — Have to buy FrontPage 2000 to use this.
- Flax —
Freeware with adequate text-oriented WBT and some LMS features, written in
java, so will run on any workstation running a browser that supports java, and
requires no server support. However, no support or further development and no
open source. Would need other tools for multimedia features. From De Montfort
- Hot Potatoes —
Generate multiple-choice, fill-in, matching, crossword, and other exams as HTML
or DHTML pages. Runs on PC or Mac. Free for non-commercial educational use. But
no conditional branching, random drawing from question pools, course
management, performance reporting other than exam scores, diagnostic or other
capabilities. From the University of Victoria. We use it ourselves. See
- AudioGraph — The
AudioGraph Recorder is a Macintosh authoring tool, which can capture multimedia
training activities for later delivery as exams to other students. The
AudioGraph Player plugin is available for both Macintosh and PC. Good tool for
rapid, ad hoc courseware authoring. From Massey University in New Zealand.
- Cut and
the University of Hawaii.
Free WBT Remote Services
- Makers — Use
further modify, and use on your system. From Swarthmore College.
- Quia — A free service that allows
you to create games and quizzes over the Internet and share them with others,
give online quizzes and track students' scores, and create your own home pages
for posting assignments, class schedules, and links to your favorite Web sites.
They host, and make their money on advertising, so you have to put up with
Web Conferencing Products
Other Directories and Resource Pages
- Net Ingenuity eLearning
- WBT Information
Center Tools Directory
- Educational CyberPlayground:
- Comparison of Online
Course Management Systems — From David Wicks of Seattle Pacific
- Archives of
email@example.com — Read discussion of WBT products,
services, and methods.
Exhibitors — See who exhibits at trade show on e-learning.
- The Harvey Project
- My Grandfather on
Public Education, Jon Roland — Column: Jul. 12, 1998
- Speedreading and
Related Skills, Jon Roland — Column: Jan. 13, 1998
- Seven Criteria for Evaluating Open-Source Content Management Systems, Abhijeet Chavan — Linux Journal, 2005-05-11.
Commercial Remote WBT Services
Some Educational Java applets with source code
- Calc — The Calc
applet is an actual calculator with advanced functions including symbolic
- crossword —
A 15x15 crossword puzzle.
- FindIt — This
is a really cool applet that presents you with two identical (almost) images.
Find the differences and click on them before the clock runs out and you get to
move on to the next level.
- Glossary —
The Glossary applet was developed to present in a more compact and accessable
manner what had been long scrolling HTML pages. Definitions can be obtained by
browsing the list a-z or by initiating a search on a particular word or phrase.
Could be used to provide immediate feedback on fill-ins.
- Hangman — Play
the classic word game starring Duke.
- ImageMap — An
interactive image map with sound effects.
- IMap — How many
times has someone requested pop-up help windows on imagemaps? Here's an elegant
- Memory —
Reminiscent of Concentration, this fast paced game can be configured with your
— SlideViewer is a free applet that is used to display a sequence of GIF
or JPEG images with a caption. The applet provides random transitions between
the images much like MS PowerPoint.
- Wordfind —
Wordfind, or Jumblaya, as the author likes to call it, is an excellent applet
for educational pages, or just for outright fun!
— WordSearch is the applet version of the popular game some of us played
before the advent of video games.