What is ATutor?
ATutor is an Open Source Web-based Learning Content Management System (LCMS) designed with accessibility and adaptability in mind. Administrators can install or update ATutor in minutes, develop custom templates to give ATutor a new look, and easily extend its functionality with feature modules. Educators can quickly assemble, package, and redistribute Web-based instructional content, easily retrieve and import prepackaged content, and conduct their courses online. Students learn in an adaptive learning environment.
ATutor is the first 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).
ATutor's base in Open Source technology makes it a cost effective tool for both small and large organizations presenting their instructional materials on the Web, or delivering fully independent online courses. Comprehensive help is available through the documentation, through a number of support services, or through the public forums. Full language support is available through the ATutor Translation Site.
How to Get ATutor
- Greg Gay: Community Moderator, Lead Developer (0.1+)
- Cindy Qi Li: Lead Programmer (1.6+)
- Harris Wong: Programmer (1.6+)
- Erin Yu: Designer (1.6+)
- Heidi Hazelton: Programmer, Website Design (1.3+)
- Boon-Hau Teh: Programmer (1.4 to 1.4.2, 1.6 to 1.6.1)
- Joel Kronenberg: Lead Programmer (1.0 -1.5.5)
- Shozub Qureshi: Programmer (1.4.1-1.4.3)
- Jonathan Hung: Programmer (1.5)
- Jacek Materna: Programmer, (1.4.3)
- Norma Thompson: Programmer, (1.4.3)
- Chris Ridpath: Programmer, ATRC Accessibility Checker (1.4 to 1.5.4)
- Taras Kowaliw: Programmer (AChat original Perl version)
- Lynn Collette: Interface Design, Website Design (1.0 to 1.2)
- Bruce Etheridge: Editor
ATutor is made possible with help from the following organizations:
The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre (ATRC) at the University of Toronto
The Learning Disabilities Resource Community (LDRC)
Government of Ontario (AChecker & Understanding Web Accessibility Course)
Industry Canada (AForm)
Culture.ca Accessible WYSIWYG content editor.
Office of Learning Technology (OLT), a division of HRDC Canada
- People with Disabilities Online (HRDC Canada) (ACollab financial support)
- InfoSecure (HRDC Canada) (ACollab functionality)
- Canadians Gateway (ACollab support)
Alberta Online Consortium The Learning Exchange (TLE) learning objects repository module.
TMD (Financial support for the ACollab integration, student roles and privileges feature)
Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education (Financial support for ATutor templating system)
Davide Guidi -- E-learning Lab, University of Bologna -- Gennaro Zezza, University of Cassino (Code contribution to test module)
Centro di Ricerche e studi per l'Informatica Applicata alla Didattica, University of Bologna -- Vico Muratori (Italian ATalker) -- Silvia Mirri (Access4All Authoring Tool)
American Academy of Opthamology (course catalog search capabilities, survey utility, and likert question wizard)
International Relations and Security Network (ISN) & Matthai Kurian (SCORM Run Time Environment)
Labor Scarl (ATutorDay Host)
- Eurisko (Vincenzo Amabile project leader) Host of ATutor.it, and the Italian ATutor user community.
Norwegian Centre for Telemedicine ACollab merge into ATutor, Groups functionality, File Storage and assignment utilities..
Fraser Health Authority Student Tools modules, and a large variety of tool enhancements..
Atlassian supports our efforts by contributing Confluence, the professional wiki, to our organisation.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Award for technology collaboration.