Why Chamilo?

Chamilo is an e-learning and collaboration platform which comes bundled as open-source software (or as puristswill note, ratherFree Software) which can be adapted to educational or professional projects. It is distributed under the GNU/GPLv3+ license, which you are bound to accept when using it.

A teacher using Chamilo can access a series of useful tools allowing them to easily and efficiently create an effective learning environment. On creating/editing a course he (or she) can:

  • import or create documents (audio, video, images) and publish them,

  • build tests and exams with automated scores and feedback as required,

  • build or import (SCORM and AICC) compliant courses,

  • set and receive virtual assignments,

  • describe the components of the course through description sections,

  • communicate through forums or chat,

  • publish announcements,

  • add links,

  • create work groups or laboratory groups,

  • set up a virtual classroom (through the videoconference extension),

  • manage scores through the assessments tool,

  • create surveys,

  • add a wiki to create documents collaboratively,

  • use a glossary,

  • use an agenda,

  • manage a project (through the blog tool),

  • enable tracking of learners in your courses,

  • register attendances,

  • elaborate a class diary (course progress).

The Chamilo platform is extremely flexible. All its tools can be customized according to the needs of each course. It provides a friendly and intuitive user interface which requires no special prior technical knowledge or skills.

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