Accessibility: The web application was designed with accessibility as a priority. A learner can read online or down note posted by teachers, ask questions on what they did not understand on the note by posting as a comment on the note or chat with the teacher if the teacher is online. Video can be posted, audio can be pictures etc.
Social Networking: All A users can develop a network of contacts, create and join interest groups, setup a network profile, and link any of the thousands of remote gadget applications into their networking environment. Photos can be shared across Subjects, or through the social networking area.
Things Current: When a student or Teacher logs into My Start Page, a list of all current information is presented, providing quick access to ongoing activity in their Subjects.
Security: Login passwords are encrypted. Forgotten passwords must be reset, rather than retrieved by email, removing the possibility they might be intercepted when being
sent over the Internet.
My Subjects : Teachers and students can manage the Subjects they teach and/or are enrolled in. When a student registers they are automatically logged into My Subjects and the student will see every notes, assignments, test forum blogs posted by the teacher.
Inbox/Messaging : All users on the system have an Inbox, through which they can send
and receive private messages from other users. Messages sent are saved to Sent Messages, which remain for a set period before being deleted. Messages can be exported and saved externally.
Student Profile : Students can add personal information about themselves for others to see, and include a profile picture, which is also displayed with forum posts. The photo gallery can be used to create a profile album, where a collection of profile pictures can be stored.
Adaptive Navigation: Learners can move through content using global, hierarchical, or sequential navigation tools. Navigation elements can be hidden to simplify the environment.
Work Groups: Learners can collaborate with others on subject projects, communicate as a group through the forums, share resources using the File Storage utility, and work together authoring project documents. Exercises or assignments can be submitted to a group leader, or subject Teacher.
File Storage: All users on the system have their own file storage utility. File storage areas can also be shared across groups, or an entire subject. Version control can be enabled to keep track of drafts or changes to documents.
Group Blogs: Each group has access to their own blog, to which they can post public messages, available to all subject member, or private messages, available only to group members and Teachers. Add Latex formatted mathematical notation and multimedia objects to blog postings
Feedback: Following an action (such as saving preference settings, or posting a message), feedback is given on the status of the operation. This could be a success message, warnings to consider, or errors to fix.
Communication Tools: Learners can communicate with their teachers through their Inbox using the system’s private mail, through the discussion forums, the chat rooms, or the “User’s Online” tool. Threads and messages can be sorted in a variety of ways. Students can communicate with those in other Subjects through shared forum, or a community forum, or through networking contacts or groups. Subscribe to forums or topic threads to have messages sent by email. Students can edit their forum posts for a specified number of minutes, and can search through messages in the current subject, enrolled Subjects, or all available Subjects.
Standard Content Packages can be exported from the system to be viewed offline in the
Content Tracker: Learners can keep track of the content pages they have visited.
Test Manager: Learners can take tests and exam, review test and exam results, and keep track of their scores.
Test and exam can be configured to show instant result or show result after test or exam has been submitted.
Students can return to a test previously started but not completed, and begin where they left off.
Glossary: Words and phrases added to the glossary by the Teacher, can be accessed
from terms embedded within content pages, or viewed alphabetically in their entirety using the Glossary tool.
Links Database: Each subject, and groups within Subjects, has a tool for collecting links to Web-based information. Both students and Teachers can add links. Teachers can manage subject links, and students can manage group links.
Subject Search: A search engine allows learners to search subject content, and search for Subjects in the subject catalogue.
Social Networking: Teachers have all the networking features learners have. They can turn on social networking within Subjects and create subject networking groups to enhance class interaction.
Handbook: Teacher documentation is linked from each section of the handbook to the screen it refers to. A link to the full Handbook is available on every screen. The handbook can also be searched or browsed. If enabled, Teachers can add their own notes to the handbook.
Guest Access to Subjects: Guests can be granted access to private Subjects through a guest URL, sent to them by a subject Teacher. Guests can view, but not post content to a subject.
Subject Tool Preferences: Teachers can choose from the available subject tools and menu modules, and configure them for each particular subject. Optionally display tools in the main navigation bar, or link them into the subject home page for quick access. Tools can be located on the subject home page, or moved to a separate Student Tools page.
Drag-and-drop subject tools to arrange their order.
Subject Manage Page: All tools can be accessed quickly under Manage tab.
Content Usage: Individual usage statistics can be reviewed to identify gaps in content coverage and the learning tendencies of each learner.
Work Groups Manager: Teachers can manually create, or automatically generate work groups for a variety of purposes. Groups might be used to provide a private area where students can work, to create an assignment submission area, to assign a test to specific students, or for a variety of other possibilities.
File Storage: In addition to the File Manager, which contains files associated with content pages, the File Storage utility can be used to store private files, to shared files with subject members or group members, or used as a place to collect assignment submissions.
Assignment Drop Box: Extending the File Storage, Teachers can create file folders for collecting assignment submissions, collected from all subject members, from group members, or from individuals. A collection of assignments can be zipped together and downloaded. Comments can be made on each submitted assignment for review by the submitter.
Note Editor: Teachers can create content in HTML or plain text. This content can be imported from a local editor, or edited directly online. Release dates can be set to control when content is viewable to learners. Content pages can be rearranged within a subject. Related pages can be linked to content as references or relevant information. Use the File Manager while creating content to upload and link in resource files. Click on the Insert button next to a file in the file manager to embed a link or an image in a page while authoring content. Add Latex formatted mathematical notation and multimedia objects to content pages. Content authors can include scripts and style sheets to control the functionlity and appearance of content. Tests can be associated with content for quick access to a test after completing a learning unit. Tests can also be setup as prerequisites, so students must pass a test before accessing new content.
Reading List: Teachers can gather a list of resources (books, papers, urls etc.) related to topics in a subject, and create a Reading List based on those resources.
AContent Learning Objects Repository: Search the AContent repository for subject related materials. Download conformant content packages or common cartridges from the repository for viewing, or to import into a subject. Export content from the system into the repository, or export content from the system or from the repository to be used in other learning environments.
Backup Manager: The entire content and structure of a subject can be backed up and stored on the server, or downloaded and saved to your local computer for safe keeping. Create a copy of a subject as a master for future sessions, or move a subject to a new location. When creating a new subject, choose from the available backups to populate the subject.
News & Announcements: Teachers can post messages to the subject Home Page to guide learners through the subject. News can be used for weekly introductions, announcing important dates, or posting critical information. The announcements page is always the first page a learner visits when they log into a subject. An RSS feed can be turned on to display subject announcements on other Web sites, or through news feed compilers.
File Manager: Teachers can upload and manage subject related files. Directories can be created to sort files, zip archives can be uploaded and unpacked. A popup file manager can be opened alongside the Content Editor or test question editors. Subject files can be easily linked into content pages or test items as they are being created. Text or HTML files can be created or edited online. Rename files, or batch move or delete files.
Test Manager: Teachers can create tests with multiple choice, multiple answer, true/false, Likert, ordering, matching, drag and drop, and a number of open ended question types. M/C, M/A, ordering, matching, and T/F questions are marked automatically. A test release window can be set to make a test available for a certain period, feedback can be customized, and test results can be archived. Self-marking tests can be created to provide students with instant feedback. Create surveys and link them to the subject home page. Select from a pool of questions to generate random question quizzes. Assign tests to groups of students. Add questions to a Question Bank, then select questions from it to assemble a test or quiz. Create image based test items, and arrange items horizontally or vertically. Questions can be arranged in any order or presented in random order. A test property can be set to allow guests to take tests. Add Latex formatted mathematical notation and multimedia objects to test questions. Test questions can be presented all on a single page, or one at a time. Data from guest test takers can be collected.
Polls: Teachers can create one question polls to quickly gather student opinions.
FAQs: Teachers can create a collection of Frequently Asked Questions to provide additional documentation for students.
Forums: Teachers can create and manage multiple forums for each of their Subjects.Messages can be edited, deleted, locked from reading and/or replying, and “stuck” to the top of a thread list if a message is important. Administrators can create forums shared across multiple Subjects. Subscribe to forums, or to topic threads to have messages sent by email. Teachers can set a time limit for editing forum posts, so messages can be corrected if errors are made in the original post. Add Latex formatted mathematical notation and multimedia objects to Forum messages. Past forum discussions can be archived.
Subject Email: Teachers can send bulk email to subject members, assistants, or both. Insert tokens to customize messages for each individual user.
Subject Properties: A default display language can be set for each subject. Assign a subject as public, protected, or private, or hide a subject while it is being developed. Control student access to content packaging. Turn on an RSS feed for subject announcements, and display them on other Web sites. Set the start date and finish dates for a subject, during which it is available to students. Create a custom splash page for each subject. Upload a custom subject icon as a visual representation of the subject. The subject directory name can be customized to extend Pretty URLs (described for Administrators) creating a unique URL for each subject.
Enrolment Manager: Teachers may import a comma separated list of students to enrol in their Subjects, or export an enrolment list for staff keeping or to import into other systems. Create an enrolment list online to add new students to a subject. Automatically generate login names and passwords for students and send them by email when a student is enrolled in a subject. Assign students as Alumni so they can participate in discussions for future subject sessions. Filter enrollees by login, first or last name, or email address.
Privileges: Through the Enrolment Manager, Teachers can assign subject members access to various Teacher tools, creating teaching assistants or co-Teachers.
Addon Modules: Google Search, RSS Feeds, EWiki, SCORM Player, Payments, Certificates, Open Meeting and Adobe Connect, and many other modules are each
Module Manager: Administrators can install modules, enable and disable them, and define a default set of modules and menu blocks for new Subjects. Types of Modules administrator, Teacher, group, subject, and public modules, as well as fully integrated feature extensions, or third party add-on software. Modules can be imported directly from a central module repository, and can be automatically uninstalled.
Social Networking: Administrators can link to their own social networking
Security: Administrators can enable CAPTCHA and email confirmation features to ensure the validity of those registering on the system. SSL can be enabled to encrypt all information passing between ATutor and a user’s browser. All data passed through forms, or through URL variables are validated to ensure security.
Administrator’s Home Page: All administrator tools can be accessed quickly from a central Administrator Home Page.
Patcher Module: Administrators can install patches issued at update to keep their system up-to-date, and secure. The Patcher can also be used to share custom features across multiple installation.
Administrator Handbook: Administrator documentation is linked from each section of the handbook to the screen it refers to.
Administrator PrivilegesMultiple Administrators: Create multiple administrator accounts assigning specific privileges to each.
General Statistics: View system login statistics.
Secure Subject Content: Secure subject content directory to prevent unauthorized access to subject files.
Teacher Request: Review requesting Teachers’ personal information, and assign Teacher status so they may create Subjects. Administrators are informed by email when new requests are made.
User Manager: Users on a system can be sorted, personal information can be viewed, and access privileges can be modified. Send announcements to all users in thesystem, or to students, or to Teachers. Search through the users database using a variety of search strategies to find individual students, or a group of students. User accounts can be batch managed to rapidly add, modify, or delete accounts.
Enrolment Manager: Administrators have all the same tools for managing subject enrolments as Teachers do, with the ability to manage students in any subject. Create an enrolment list online to add new students to a subject. Automatically generate login names and passwords for students and send them by email when a student is enrolled in a subject. Assign students as Alumni so they can participate in discussions for future subject sessions. Filter by login, first or last name, or email address.
Subject Manager: Much like the User Manager, Subjects on a system can be sorted, their properties modified, and their Teachers managed. Create new Subjects and assign an Teacher. Use subject backups to generate initial content for a new subject. Create shared forums for select Subjects, or create a community forum for all Subjects. Easily jump between the administration section and Subjects without having to re-login each time. Administrators can create an enrolment “trigger” link, that when followed, students are enrolled in specified Subjects automatically when they register.
Backup Manager: Generate backups of Subjects to create master copies. Download backups for safe keeping or to move Subjects to another r server. Use backups to generate new Subjects.
Cron Utility: Optionally schedule scripts to run at specific times. Use the Cron Utility to run the Mail Queue every few minutes. Write custom scripts to generate statistics, create a system backup, or to send system reminders, etc..
Subject Categories: The ATutor subject browser includes a subject category browser, so Subjects can be sorted into a custom defined set of categories, perhaps by department or topic or grade level. Themes can be assigned to subject categories so all Subjects within a category look the same.