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8+ Free and Open Source E-Learning Community Software List

E-Learning community software like Blackboard help bring teachers and students together, sharing information on line in a seamless manner. While Blackboard is standard and has been present for years has good features. There are some free and open source alternatives. some are good and some are evolving. It is recommended that you try the following software list if you are looking for alternative to Blackboard or similar solution.

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Moodle is a Course Management System (CMS), also known as a Learning Management System (LMS) or a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). It is a Free web application that educators can use to create effective online learning sites. Moodle has a large and diverse user community with over 929431 registered users on this Moodle site alone, speaking over 78 languages in 211 countries. Learn more.


Sakai is a Course Management System (CMS), a Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) or Learning Management System (LMS). While Sakai can be used for teaching and learning (similar to Blackboard and Moodle), it is a Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) because it embraces uses beyond the classroom. Distributed as Open Source, can be used for free. Sakai is an adaptable, interoperable, reliable, and scalable platform for learning and collaboration. Sakai’s roles and permission system is especially flexible and powerful. Learn more.


.LRN (pronounced "dot learn") is a global community of educators, designers, and software developers who partner together to drive educational innovation. Because the software is open source, organizations can invest their precious dollars in people and curriculum development instead of expensive licensing and support fees. Learn more.



Claroline is an Open Source eLearning and eWorking platform  allowing teachers to build effective online courses and to manage learning and collaborative activities on the web. Translated into 35 languages, Claroline has a large worldwide users’ and developers’ community. Adjustable to various training contexts, Claroline is not only used by schools and universities, but also by training centres, associations and companies. The platform is customizable and offers a flexible and custom-made working environment. Learn more.


Dokeos is a open source online learning suite. It provides all the features needed for e-learning and blended learning management : From Authoring to Reporting. Here is an interesting mind map from Dokeos website.



DSpace open source software enables open sharing of content that spans organizations, continents and time. DSpace is the software of choice for academic, non-profit, and commercial organizations building open digital repositories.  It is free and easy to install "out of the box" and completely customizable to fit the needs of any organization. Learn more.


The new version of the powerful open source learning management system has been published! Learn more.


Coggno is an e-learning software platform and courseware creation toolkit, Learning Management System (also known as a Course Management System), and Virtual Learning Environment. Learn more.


LAMS lets design, manage, and deliver online collaborative learning activities. It provides teachers with a highly intuitive visual authoring environment for creating sequences of learning activities. LAMS is free and open source. Learn more.

Free Web Meeting, Sharing Document, Watch YouTube Together And More With ShowDocument


ShowDocumet is Free, No Registration required, instantaneous Web Meeting, Document Sharing web based service. Absolutely, light weight, lightning fast service that offers a lot of features;

  • Online document sharing
  • Interactive Whiteboard, Drawing tools, Text editor, chat
  • Watch YouTube, Google Map together
  • Sharing Google Doc files
  • Easy Skype integration to talk during sessions…


Interactive Whiteboard is very useful during meeting.


Interactive YouTube Video Watch is also interesting. You can watch YouTube videos with friends together!


Collaboratively watch Google Maps!


Very interesting and nice web service that will enhance your online collaboration!

The Barrier to Using The iPhone for Business Has Just Fallen

While Nokia is doing its research by prototyping Nokia Easy Meet, a web-based mobile collaboration service, Cisco has extended its SaaS and premises-based collaboration applications to the Apple iPhone 3G to deliver an unparalleled mobile collaboration experience. The Apple iPhone with Cisco’s WebEx technology capabilities makes a simple, but very powerful interface. With the introduction of Cisco WebEx Meeting Center for iPhone, the barrier to use the iPhone for business has just fallen.


As you would see with any other iPhone app UI, it provides a powerful user interface on your iPhone  to schedule, start and cancel a WebEx Meeting. You can stay connected with important meetings where ever you are and get a full meeting experience with native 3G or WiFi support for simultaneous data and audio. This puts an end to the days of just listening-in to a Web meeting.


The main features include:

  • Attending Cisco WebEx Meeting Center Web Meeting with full screen view and integrated audio.
  • WebEx subscription not required!
  • Schedule, start and cancel WebEx meetings
  • Invite attendees either before or during the meeting
  • View contents shared from any computer: documents, applications or screen sharing with live annotations
  • See who is in your meeting and how they joined by icon represented differently for joining from mobile and computer
  • Start an individual or group chat with other meeting participants
  • Control the audio with mute and unmute capabilities
  • Check details of the meeting in progress



Take advantage of a screen view optimized for iPhone in either vertical or horizontal and meet easily with other WebEx users with any platform Windows, Mac or Linux.

Well, the iPhone user interface is fare better that the user interface provided by Nokia Easy Meet, the two are not apple to apple comparison. Well, its Apple’s iPhone App comparison with Nokia Widget!

Nokia Easy Meet is more towards Friends and Family meetings whereas the Cisco WebEx is more for business purpose.

The iPhone app is free and can be downloaded at the App Store.


20+ Family 2.0 Networking Sites


Source: www.ora.ucr.edu

Family 2.0 refers to the niche of Web 2.0 that is a tailored version of the popular social networking for families. These services typically allow families to communicate, collaborate, build family trees, share photos and videos. Tech savvy families are getting more and more into family social networking sites to collaborate and communicate better. They offer a private and secured way of building family heritage and roots information. Here is a list of such Family 2.0 social networking sites which connect families, parents and mothers together for one purpose – Collaboration.

1 Amiglia


Amiglia lets your moments in life with your loved ones. Amiglia supports a lot of features like, Family tree with GEDCOM (GEnealogical Data COMmunication) support, unlimited photos, videos, easy tagging, map support for geolocated photo albums, family face book, no advertisements, spam free and many more. It is a paid service (50$ per year) with 30 days free trial option.

2 Geni


Geni is a popular family social networking site with over 55 million registered users. Using Geni, you can build your family tree, share photos and videos, celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, etc. Basic version is free but a Pro version also exists. Pro users will be charged at 5$ a month and get a Pro Badge, family tree export option to GEDCOM format is available and a premium support will be in place. Founder of Geni.com, David O. Sacks is also the founder of the award winning Yammer, an enterprise micro-blogging service.

3 Cingo


Cingo lets families click together. Offers features that let you share calendars, shared To-Do lists, Shared grocery lists, task control managers, news etc among families. However, it does not offer features like creation of family tree, sharing photos with other family members etc. Cingo is specialized in managing families busy lives on the web and is priced at 5$ a month.

4 Family Pursuit


Family Pursuit us a Genealogy Community Tree that allows you to network and collaborate with other genealogists. Supports community tree, Coordinated genealogy research, Genealogy Wiki, collaboration etc. A unique genealogy site which is priced at 60$ a year.

5 Family Mingle


Family Mingle is a great new meeting place for your family. It supports Private Family Trees, Photo sharing on Family message boards, Shared birthday, family event calendars etc.

6 Famiva


Famiva is a free social network for families. Famiva lets create your family tree instantly with unlimited family member tree, high definition picture sharing among family members, blogs, shared events and much more.

7 Famoodle


Famoodle supports picture sharing, family blogs, discussion boards, share family related information etc.

8 Ancestry.com


Ancestry.com has more than 11million family trees and a perfect way to have an online family tree. It is paid service and lets you upload your GEDCOM file and crate family trees instantly.

9 Genoom


Create your family tree, and family network, It’s private, secure & free at Genoom.

10 Dynastree


Create your family tree and stay in contact with your relatives. It is free and secured. If you have a GEDCOM family tree file and then Dynastree lets you import it.

11 Kincafe


Kincafe lets stay in touch with the family around the globe. You can share Photo Albums, Calendars in a safe and secured way. It also supports family tree creation.

12 My Heritage


My Heritage lets you share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love. It supports GEDCOM files.

13 My Family


Connect your family online on MyFamily.com. Create a private website for Stories, Photos, Videos and Events.

14 OurStory


At OurStory, make your timeline about anything and collaborate with family and friends. Also add your timeline to MySpace or your blog.

15 Famundo


Famundo can be fore families as well as organizations. It’s your family hub, with an online family calendar to make your family’s schedule manageable, giving control over your daily life. Free online calendar and other tools for schools, churches, and clubs, to easily share events with members.

16 We Relate


WeRelate is a free public-service wiki for genealogy sponsored by the Foundation for On-Line Genealogy in partnership with the Allen County Public Library. It is a largest Genealogy wiki. WeRelate is currently in beta. It is supported by volunteers and your tax-deductible donations.

17 Family Den


Family Den is a place where your family can create your very own private websites and stay connected. On Family Den your family can easily share family photos, family videos, post family announcements and more.

18 Minti


Minti is a Parenting collaboration site. You get answers for Parenting related questions from other parents. It is a Parenting wiki kind of social community.

19 Families.com


Families is a community dedicated to Parenting, Relationships etc.

20 Living Memory


Living memory lets you record your life experiences – Moments, – Stories, – Events, – Photos Create your child’s timeline, records their childhood as it happens! Share your knowledge with the world or share it only with your family.

21 Baby Center (Maya’s Mom)

baby center

At Baby Center community, you can connect with parents like you, Share your frustrations and get advice, Create or join a group with other parents, Keep a journal of your memories, Show your favorite photos and view the latest shots from friends.

22 Mothers Click


Mothers Click is as the name suggests, a Mommies hang out place on the web. If you are looking out for socializing with other mothers in your locality, it is the right place. From parenting to cooking to women’s health, you get information.

If you are using others or aware of other such Family 2.0 services, please comment below.

WhoDoes2.0 – Project your happiness


WhoDoes2.0 is a free (basic version) online collaborative Project Management tool. It has nice features to manage the entire team specific, milestones, individual goals. Since it is collaborative tool, everyone in the team can get information shared easily. New interface is intuitive and easy to use which helps to strengthen team work.

Supported features as listed on their official site;

  • My Workspace
    Manage with simplicity the activities that need to be done daily, keeping the time constraints and the delivery dates under control.
  • Fast Planning
    Plan your project in just a few minutes thanks to a simple and intuitive interface, a clear concept to make planning of activities faster.
  • Milestone
    Manage all the due-dates within the project, being always informed with the next delivery dates and eventual dates late.
  • Task
    Efficiently organize and assign the activities to the team members and keep track of the hours of work that was completed on a project with the convenient hour uploading system.
  • Team
    Manage the Team members, invite your colleagues and link them to the project or search for new collaborators in the WhoDoes Network.
  • Repository
    Archive and share the documents and e-mails of the project in a shared space. Up to 10Gb of online space where you can share with the team all the material and communication related to the project.

Though WhoDoes2.0 basic version is free, it is limited by features. Unfortunately You can only maintain 1 project at a time. Other plans cost a fair price and here is the pricelist.

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