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Successful Leadership In Online Learning Environments: Tips, Tools and Lessons of the Virtual University


with Maryam Webster, Director of The Energy Coach Institute


Course Summary

Maryam will share her experience of seven years as an online teacher for a specialty coach training institute, and as training director and course writer through the 1990's for several corporations in different training contexts. We will be discussing the best open source software, audio class -vs- webcasts and how to handle each inexpensively, enhancing student experience through didactic and autodidactic participation, in-class structure, out-of-class semi-structured learning and participation opportunities, skilful initiation and use of the cohort bond, collaborative software as community, ensuring ongoing learning after the course is over.




  • The Advantages of Online Learning
  • One Model of eCampus Technology - it's Advantages/Disadvantages
  • eCampus Leadership and Community Building
  • Collaborative Leadership Of The Cohort Model Online
  • Fitting the Syllabus to the Learner: Languaging as an Aid in Learning Styles
  • The Power of the Mastermind in Retention and Learning Group Cohesion
  • e-Learning Course After-Care




Online Learning Course Search Network

The Moodle Open Source eCampus software- this is one of the opensource software packages we use and recommend

Online Learning Teacher Clearinghouse

Be a Student For a Day: Take An Online Learning Demo Course

Getting The Most Out Of Online Learning

Are You Ready To Learn Online?- this quiz would be really great...if the scoring system worked!

15 Benefits of Online Learning

More Benefits of eLearning



Other eLearning OpenSource (mostly free) Software



ATutor is the first fully inclusive LCMS, complying with the W3C WCAG 1.0 accessibility specifications at the AA+ level, allowing access to all potential learners, instructors, and administrators, including those with disabilities who may be accessing the system using assistive technologies. Conformance with W3C XHTML 1.0 specifications ensures that ATutor is presented consistently in any standards compliant technology.


ATutor has also adopted the IMS/SCORM Content Packaging specifications, allowing content developers to create reusable content that can be swapped between different e-learning systems. Content created in other IMS or SCORM comformant systems can be imported into ATutor, and visa versa. ATutor also includes a SCORM 1.2 Runtime Environment (LMS RTE3) for playing and managing SCORM based Sharable Content Objects (SCOs).



Claroline is a free application based on PHP/MySQL allowing teachers or education organizations to create and administrate courses through the web. Developed from teachers to teachers, Claroline is built over sound pedagogical principles allowing a large variety of pedagogical setup including widening of traditional classroom and online collaborative learning. Claroline is translated in 34 languages and used by hundreds of institutions around the world. The software is released under Open Source licence (GPL). Downloading and using Claroline is completely free of charge.




A complete student tracking, reporting and information management system. ClaSS extends the reach of traditional systems by using the latest in web-application methodologies to include the whole school community. ClaSS aims to be the ubiquitous classroom information assistant for schools. Free Download.



Sakai is an online Collaboration and Learning Environment. Many users of Sakai deploy it to support teaching and learning, ad hoc group collaboration, support for portfolios and research collaboration.


Sakai is a free and open source product that is built and maintained by the Sakai community. Sakai's development model is called "Community Source" because many of the developers creating Sakai are drawn from the "community" of organizations that have adopted and are using Sakai. Update: Sakai has an optional membership fee, please check their online user policies for more information. Sakai now runs on multiple platforms. Thanks to Mary Parke for this information!

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