Open Source Course Management Systems - October 22, 2003

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Product Name Sponser/Developer Country of Origin License Type


MIT/Heidelberg US/Germany GPL  
Adept    Russia GPL very little information available
ATutor 1.2 University of Toronto Canada GPL Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (reviewed on the edutools site at
Bazaar 7   University of Athabasca Canada GPL (reviewed on the edutools site at
Boddington University of Leeds U.K. Bodington System Software License  
CHEF  University of Michigan US    
Claroline 1.4   Université catholique de Louvain France   Institute for Education and Multimedia (reviewed on the edutools site at
ClassWeb 2.0 University of California Los Angeles US   (reviewed on the edutools site at
Coursework Stanford University US  
eClass.Net Tulane University US BSD unclear if this is solely a framework or an integrated set of apps
eConf  University of Namur Belgium GPL The Infonet group
Eduzope Coalition (Infrae, Plone, others) Europe    
eLecture Online Lecturing System Christian and Thomas Lang (Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz) Austria    
Eledge 1.2 Chuck Wight (University of Utah) US GPL (reviewed on the edutools site at )
e-Tutor University of Ottawa Canada GPL  
Fle3 University of Art and Design Helsinki Finland GPL UIAH Media Lab (reviewed on the edutools site at )
Freestyle Learning University of Muenster Germany    
GANESHA Anéma Formation France GPL exclusively in French
H2O Project Harvard Law School US GPL discussion-type software from a law school that promotes specific type of collaborations
Ilias University of Cologne Germany GPL  
Interact Christchurch College of Education New Zealand GPL originally based on LearnLoop but now has different codebase
Interactive Learning Enviroment (ILE) Brad Cox US written in Ruby
Internet Course Reader TeleLearning National Centre of Excellence Canada LGPL  
Jones e-education V2002 Jones Advisory GroupTM US   Free to post-secondary but not really 'open source' - the software can be modified for an institution's own use, but may not be re-distributed under the license agreement that users must accept. (reviewed on the edutools site at
KEWL - University of Western Cape South Africa    
LearnLoop ITuniversity in Gothenburg Sweden GPL Online-Learning community software
LON-CAPA Michigan State University US    
Manhattan Virtual Classroom 0.93 Western New England College US GPL  (reviewed on the edutools site at
MimerDesk Ionstream Finland GPL  (reviewed on the edutools site at
MnITS Internet Teaching System Daniel Bartholomew US GPL  
Moodle 1.1 Martin Dougiamas Australia GPL  (reviewed on the edutools site at
OpenCourse Paul Jones US GPL  
Open Learning Mananagement System (O-LMS) University of Utah US ?  
OpenUSS University of Münster Germany GPL part of the larger CampusSource project
Segue Middlebury College US    
Shadownet University of Missouri-Columbia US GPL Center for Technology Innovations in Education   Italy GPL  
sTeam Univeristy of Paderborn Germany   java-based constructivist type tool
Stellar Massachusetts Institute of Technology US   (as far as I know this has not yet been released publicly and is only used internally, but important as a future reference implementation for OKI)
TextWeaver San Diego State University US GNU Lesser Public License (LGPL) based on Internet Course Reader
Uni Open Platform FernUniversitaet in Hagen Germany GPL part of the larger CampusSource project
WBT-Master Graz University of Technology Austria GPL Institute for Information Processing and Computer Supported New Media,
WebWork University of Rochester US   free, educational users may alter the source but may not be altered by commercial users.
Whiteboard Todd Templeton US GPL  

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