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7 free and open-source virtual education systems

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Virtual education continues to advance by leaps and bounds. Not only courses, specializations, postgraduate courses are offered but we can already find complete careers in this modality.

In the case of Colombia, one of the universities that has undoubtedly taken advantage of ICTs is the National Open and Distance University  ( UNAD ), which a few years ago, offers virtual careers such as Systems Engineering, Food Engineering, Psychology, Business Administration, Electronic Engineering and Industrial Engineering among others.

This modality of study is used by thousands of students from the most remote areas, who otherwise would not have the possibility of pursuing a career. The virual education allows us, through a PC with internet connection (that of our house, office, internet cafe, etc.), to access the courses, tasks, exams, communicate with our colleagues and tutors, download the material of the different subjects, without needing to physically attend the university and above all, managing our time in the way that suits us.

In order to provide these services, universities and other institutions must have a virtual education platform. From experience, I know that most use Moodle software, one of the most recognized and complete, but it is not the only one.

Therefore, for all those who are interested in setting up their own online education platform, today I bring you a small list of 7 open source tools for virtual education.

  • Efront : a complete e-learning system with a very nice and modern interface. Among its main features are: content editor with support for images, sounds, videos, flash and Java; file manager; possibility of assigning projects; surveys This system is fully modular, multilanguage and works on any server with PHP and MySQL.
  • Moddle : it is the most popular open-source education system. It is built with PHP and MySQL database (it can also work with PostgreSQL). It has a powerful course manager that includes lessons, exams and documents. It also has modules that help students and tutors interact (chat, forums, surveys, workshops). It is currently used in more than 1000 websites (thanks to this it has extensive documentation and a large community around it).
  • Dokeos : it is an excellent learning platform. It allows us to create e-courses using templates; import SCORM courses; evaluate students through tests and surveys; perform comprehensive monitoring using the interaction tools; convert Word and PowerPoint documents into e-courses and organize video conferences.
  • Claroline : Claroline is a platform for learning and virtual work (eLearning and Eworking) of open source and open source software that allows trainers to build effective online courses and manage learning and collaboration activities on the web. Translated into 35 languages, Claroline has a large community of developers and users worldwide.
  • Ilias : is a powerful web tool for virtual education that has a personal desktop from where the system is used, notes, bookmarks, etc. It also offers a complete collaborative environment from which workgroups or groups with common interests can be created.
  • Sakai : it is a solution that not only focuses on teaching and learning but also has functions to carry out research and administrative collaborations. With this application, you can create courses, manage subjects, share documents and prepare exams. Sakai also offers modules for announcements, chat, forums and many other functions. It is programmed in JAVA
  • Olat : is a system based on Java and Ajax, multilanguage and open source. With it it is possible to easily create courses, wikis, forums, tasks and more. It integrates an instant messaging system to improve communication and has a very complete installer that greatly facilitates its configuration.

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