About Aula Campus LMS

Aula LMS (Campus) is a highly flexible, free software, open source learning platform. With comprehensive, customizable and secure learning management features, it can be used to create a private website for dynamic online courses. campus LMS (acronym for modular object-oriented dynamic learning environment), (stylized in lower-case as campus LMS) is a also known as a learning management system, or virtual learning environment. The platform can be used for e-learning projects in University, Corporate training, School and Other sectors.

campus LMS was originally developed by Martin Dougiamas to help educators create online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content, and is in continual evolution.

Overview

Campus LMS is a learning platform that enhances the existing learning environment As an E-learning tool, campus LMS has a wide range of standard and innovative features such as calendar and Gradebook. campus LMS is a leading Virtual learning environment and can be used in many types of environments such as education, training and development and business settings.

Activities

These are groups of features within campus LMS, usually completed by a student to interact with other students, or with the teacher.

  • Assignment submission
  • Forum for discussion
  • Chat for instant messages
  • Database as a bank of record entries
  • Glossary, list of definitions
  • Survey, for gathering data from students
  • Online quiz
  • Wiki module
  • Gamification

Plugins

Plugins are a flexible tool set, allowing campus LMS users to extend the features of the site. There are hundreds of plugins for campus LMS, extending the features of campus LMS's core functionality. Each plugin is maintained in the campus LMS plugins directory. campus LMS's infrastructure supports many types of plug-ins. Many freely available third-party campus LMS plugins make use of this infrastructure. campus LMS users can use PHP to write and contribute new modules. campus LMS's development has been assisted by the work of open source programmers. This has contributed towards its rapid development and rapid bug fixes. By default campus LMS includes the TCPDF library that allows the generation of PDF documents from pages.

Themes

Graphical themes for campus LMS can be installed to change the look and functionality of a campus LMS site or individual course. Many campus LMS themes are available directly from campus LMS downloads site, ranging from BigBlueButton to Attendance.

Translations

Campus LMS has been translated in over 100 languages, available for any site administrator to install. Each language pack is maintained and contributed by people all over the globe.

Mobile

Many campus LMS themes are based on Responsive web design and allow campus LMS to be used easily on Mobile devices. A campus LMS Mobile app is available in Google Play, App Store (iOS), and the Windows Phone Store

Elearning standards compliance

Campus LMS has adopted a number of elearning standards.

Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a collection of elearning standards and specifications that define communications between client side content and a server side learning management system, as well as how externally authored content should be packaged in order to integrate with the LMS effectively. There are two versions: SCORM 1.2 and SCORM 2004. campus LMS is SCORM 1.2 compliant, and passes all the tests in the ADL Conformance test suite 1.2.7 for SCORM 1.2. SCORM 2004 is not supported in campus LMS, however Rustici Software have a campus LMS plugin which can turn any campus LMS site into a fully compliant SCORM 2004 LMS.

The AICC HACP standard for CMI was developed by the Aviation Industry Computer-Based Training Committee (AICC) and is used to call externally authored content and assessment packages. AICC content packages are supported in campus LMS 2.1 and later versions.

Experience API, also known as xAPI and previously referred to as Tin Can API, was finalised in 2014 as a successor to SCORM. campus LMS is an early adopter of the xAPI standard via community-built plugins for launching xAPI activities from a campus LMS course and exporting quiz results as xAPI statements. There is an ongoing community discussion about whether xAPI compliance should be built into campus LMS core.

IMS Content Packages can also be imported into campus LMS. In addition, campus LMS Book activities can be exported as IMS Content Packages.

Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) is a standard way of integrating rich learning applications (often remotely hosted and provided through third-party services) with educational platforms. campus LMS uses the External Tool activity to act as an 'LTI consumer' as standard, and will act as an 'LTI provider' using a plugin.

Deployment

Users can download and install campus LMS on a Web server, such as Apache HTTP Server, and a number of database management systems, such as PostgreSQL, are supported. Pre-built combinations of campus LMS with a Web server and database are available for Microsoft Windows and Macintosh. Other automated installation approaches exist, such as installing a Debian package, deploying a ready-to-use TurnKey campus LMS appliance, using the Bitnami installer, or using a "one-click install" service such as Installatron.

Some free campus LMS hosting providers allow educators to create campus LMS-based online classes without installation or server knowledge. Certified campus LMS Partners provide other campus LMS services, including hosting, training, customization and content development. This network of providers support development of the campus LMS project through royalties.

Interoperability

Campus LMS runs without modification on Unix, Linux, FreeBSD, Windows, Mac OS X, NetWare and any other systems that support PHP and a database, including most webhost providers.

Data goes in a single database. campus LMS version 1.6 could use MySQL or PostgreSQL. Version 1.7, released November 2006, makes full use of database abstraction so that installers can choose one from many types of database servers such as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server.

Electronic e-learning systems can have many dimensions of interoperability. campus LMS's interoperability features include:

  • authentication, using LDAP, Shibboleth, or various other standard methods (e.g. IMAP)
  • enrollment, using IMS Enterprise among other standard methods, or by direct interaction with an external database
  • quizzes and quiz questions, allowing import/export in a number of formats: GIFT (campus LMS's own format), IMS QTI, XML and XHTML (NB although export works very well, import is currently not complete). campus LMS provides various types of questions: calculated, description, essay, matching, embedded answers, multiple choice, short answer, numerical, random short answer matching, true/false.
  • resources, using IMS Content Packaging, SCORM, AICC (CBT), LAMS
  • integration with other Content Management Systems such as Drupal, Joomla or Postnuke (via third-party extensions)
  • syndication, using RSS or Atom newsfeeds; external newsfeeds can be displayed in a course, and forums, blogs, and other features can be made available to others as newsfeeds.

campus LMS also has import features for use with other specific systems, such as importing quizzes or entire courses from Blackboard or WebCT. However, these import tools are not perfect. As of February 2010, campus LMS will not import Blackboard courses, apparently due to changes in php code-releases. Some available utilities help convert Blackboard courses to a campus LMS-friendly format.

In March 2012 Blackboard acquired two companies based on campus LMS's software including Baltimore-based campus LMSrooms Inc. and NetSpot of Adelaide, Australia. The Red Hat site, Opensource.com, reports that campus LMS will always be an open source project, with clear delineation between Blackboard and campus LMS.

campus LMS statistics and market share

By 31 August 2011:

  • campus LMS had a user-base of 55,110 registered sites with 44,966,541 users in 4,763,446 courses in 214 countries and in more than 75 languages.
  • The site with the most users, campus LMS.org, has 66 courses and 1,090,234 users. Following a £5 million investment in 2005, The Open University, UK is the second-largest campus LMS deployment by user-base, with 714,310 users and 6,093 courses. A comprehensive list of the top ten campus LMS sites (by courses and by users) is maintained at campus LMS.org.

By 31 August 2014:

  • campus LMS had a user-base of 88,070 registered sites with 76,675,352 users in 8,324,096 courses in 241 countries.

You can find the updated statistics at: https://campus LMS.net/stats/

Development

campus LMS has continued to evolve since 1999 (since 2001 with the current architecture). Major improvements in accessibility and display flexibility were developed in 1.5. The current version can be seen at the top of the table of releases, below. It has been translated into 82 different languages and is accessible in many countries worldwide.

Not having to pay license fees or to limit growth, an institution can add as many campus LMS servers as needed. The Open University of the UK currently uses a campus LMS installation for their 200,000 users while the UK government uses a campus LMS installation for their Civil Service Learning platform serving half a million employees.

It is often known for individual departments of institutions to use the unlimited feature, such as the maths department of the University of York.

The development of campus LMS continues as a free software project supported by a team of programmers and an international user community, drawing upon contributions posted to the online campus LMS Community website that encourages debate and invites criticism.

Users can freely distribute and modify the software under the terms of the GNU General Public License version 3 or any later version.

Because campus LMS is an open source software, it can be customized to fit the needs of e-learning projects for University, Corporate training, School and Other sectors.