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Microsoft Sharepoint is an environment for sharing documents with collaborators, using granular permissions. Sharepoint can tightly integrated with Microsoft Office (e.g. Office documents can be saved directly to Sharepoint, some Sharepoint installations allow web-based editing using the cloud-hosted Office 365. Sharepoint is commonly used to host collaborative workspaces, data management system, wikis and blogs.

  • Extensive integration with Microsoft Office System programs
Last updated: 14 Jul 2015

Zotero is a free tool that collects, manages and cites research sources. It stays on your web browser where you do your work and it's easy to use. It's being downloaded as a firefox extension, used with the chrome and safari browsers or used as a standalone tool. It allows you to attach pdfs, notes and images to your citations, organise them into easily searchable collections for different projects, and open office using any of over 2800 citation styles.

Code license: GNU Affero GPL
Last updated: 24 May 2015

Projects allows researchers to organise and manage all their research outputs in a safe, simple and structured way. It’s designed to help academics, at any stage of their career, keep track and stay on top of all their results. It’s a light, useful and slick application that integrates into a researcher’s existing workflow to help them work more efficiently and ensure they have more time for making discoveries.

Last updated: 19 May 2015

BuddyPress Courseware is no longer supported according to their website:

Last updated: 2 May 2015


NB is designed for faculty and students to collaboratively annotate PDFs in an online environment. The faculty member can upload course material (e.g. readings), and make it available to their students. Students can then create public and private annotations on those PDFs. NB includes a feature for faculty and (optionally) students to download the resulting fully-annotated PDFs.

Code license: Open source, MIT License
Last updated: 29 Apr 2015

Web-based tool for managing courses (especially online courses) that allows you to save grading feedback, discussion reply posts, files, lectures, and so forth. Features a user community to discuss the tool, teaching in general, and includes a job board.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 22 Mar 2015

Web-based discussion tool (not a full-fledged learning management system, but you can link to Piazza from your LMS, including Blackboard, Moodle, and Coursera) that allows student to ask questions and interact with instructors and other students in a public space. A wiki style format enables collaboration in a single space and features LaTeX editor, highlighted syntax and code blocking. Questions and posts needing immediate action are highlighted and instructors endorse answers to keep the class on track. Anonymous posting encourages every student to participate.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

Mediathread is an open-source platform for exploration, analysis, and organization of web-based multimedia content. It interoperates with a variety of image and video collections (such as YouTube, Flickr, library databases, and course libraries), enabling users to lift items out of these collections and into a scholarly analysis environment. In Mediathread, items can then be clipped, annotated, organized, and embedded into compositions and other written analysis.

Code license: GNU GPL v2
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

ProProfs Training Software is a powerful online course creator that allows instructors and educators to create and deliver online courses and assessments to learners. It is an integrated software, using which educational institutions and businesses can create online courses, assessments, surveys and polls for developing comprehensive online training and educational programs. ProProfs supports the facility to upload different kinds of learning materials to online courses such as documents, PDFs, PPTs, videos and even web content such as wikis and blogs.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

ProProfs Flashcards Maker is very popular with both teachers and students for creating memory aids and review lists. Using ProProfs Flashcards, learners can create engaging and informative flashcards by adding images and web-links to flashcards. Learners can create their own sets or even re-use any flashcards set from ProProfs 100,00,00+ flashcards library. Users can also create branded flashcards by customizing the fonts, colors and text to go with their brand. With no complicated software to download or learn, ProProfs is the ideal place to create public or private flashcards.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

A powerfully simple eLearning authoring tool, ProProfs eLearning Software is ideal for the creation of online trainings or educational programs. Easy to use and extremely effective, ProProfs authoring tool can be used by educators and trainers alike to create high-quality courses and assessments that can be accessed anytime and from anywhere in the world. The eLearning software makes it easy for companies to save time and money by scheduling online training sessions for a team that may be spread across the world.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 29 Dec 2014

LMS or Learning Management Software allows compelling training programs to be delivered online. LMS is the result of the amalgamation of powerful software combined with digital frameworks that manages curriculum, training materials and evaluation tools. The Learning Management System developed by ProProfs helps trainers and educators to create courses and tests online that can be accessed anywhere and at any point in time. The LMS includes the Quiz software, which is used to create assessments within courses, as well as the Survey and Poll software that is perfect for collecting feedback.

Code license: Closed source
Last updated: 9 Mar 2017
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