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Fle3 is a Web-based learning environment with the sophisticated title of server software for computer supported collaborative learning, but, hey, we call it e-learning.

Fle3 development is coordinated by the Learning Environments for Progressive Inquiry research group of the UIAH Media Lab at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki Finland. According to Wikipedia, the abbreviation FLE comes from the words Future Learning Environment, with the number three in the name referring to the number of times the software has been built from scratch.

Fle3 has WebTops to store different items related to studies, Knowledge Building for groups to participate in knowledge building dialogues, and a Jamming tool for a shared space for collaborative construction of digital media like pictures, text, audio, and video.

Web site: http://fle3.uiah.fi/index.html
Licence: GPL
Commercial support: Project home
Developed with: Python


ILIAS began at the faculty of business administration, economics and social sciences at the University of Cologne in Germany.

In addition to e-learning features course, group and content management, ILIAS has support for Web 2.0 functions like RSS, podcasting, and Google Maps. For Web services a SOAP interface was developed.

ILIAS now has a large cooperation and support partner network concentrated around Europe.

Web site: http://www.ilias.de
Licence: GPL
Commercial support: Project home
Developed with: PHP


Learning Activity Management System, or LAMS, is an e-learning application based at the Macquarie E-learning Centre of Excellence (MELCOE) at Macquarie University, Australia.

LAMS claims to provide teachers with a "highly intuitive, visual authoring environment" for creating sequences of learning activities. Activities can include a range of individual tasks, small group work and whole class activities based on both content and collaboration.

LAMS is also developed in Java and uses the JBoss application server. Versions that integrate with other e-learning systems like Moodle, Blackboard, and Sakai are also available.

Web site: http://lamsfoundation.org
Licence: GPL
Commercial support: http://www.lamsinternational.com
Developed with: Java

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