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Atutor

Page history last edited by axiom.lms 11 years, 10 months ago

ATutor would not make a useful tool for a corporate environment, based on several factors. Many corporate/enterprise projects and systems for collaborative tools needed do not existor are very archaic in their technolory. Many companies desire the use of webinars and web conferencing as well. ATutor does not support this service.

 

 

 

One implication where ATutor would be useful would be in training and perhaps CBT for employees. The makers of ATutor designed the product primarily for it to be used in the academic sector. Colleges and high schools would benefit more from the features that ATutor offers. The interface of ATutor is mediocre at best and only offers two view points, for the student and administrator/instructor.

 

 

 

ATutor is an amazing tool for educators to use. One feature that seems to be very useful is the test and survey creation tool. This automates the test and survey creationso that issues of format and/or problems of compatibility are not an issue. It also features a translation section for 20 languages, making this a suitable tool for people of most language backgrounds. Atutor offers the instructor the ability to create polls, forums, and search friendly glossary's for students. ATutor also is useful because it aides people with diasbilities. It offers text alternatives for all visual elements and keyboard access to all program elements, which allows a blind person to listen to an entire program by using a screen reader.

 

 

 

ATutor can be quickly installed and is designed with security features. Login passwords are encrypted and if the password is forgotten, it must be reset instead of sending it to the user by e-mail. Students can also personalize their profile by adding their pictures to the forum. ATutor also has a group blog where members can post public messages to all course members or post private messages only for the instructor and group members to view. Demo Login

 

 

 

Software Version

The software is version 1.6

   

Product Name

ATutor

   

Developer Name

ATRC (The Adaptive Technology Resource Center)

   

Communication Tools

   

Discussion Forums

The forums that Atutor offers is similar to that of most forums around. One unique feature of the Forum is that each of the languages represented, is available for use in the discussion format.

   

File Exchange

There is a file storage area on the site that offers file exchanges between students and instructors and vice versa. There doesn't appear to be any virus detection scanning software when uploading files.

   

Internal Email

There is no internal email configured by Atutor internally. This may not be such a big problem considering that there are several alternatives to communicating with other users on the system internally only.

   

Online Journal/Notes

There is a Blog area and this could be considered a Notes area or on line journal area. Use is very similar to the wiki style of blogging.

   

Real-time Chat

There is a real time chat environment available on Atutor. Similar to WebCT and many other real time chat environments, Atutor many of the options of other chat servers.

   

Video Services

 N/A

   

Whiteboard

No Whiteboard exist.

   

Productivity Tools

   

Bookmarks

N/A

   

Orientation/Help

There is a FAQ section on the Atutor site that explains many of the questions most people ask regarding the product.

   

Searching Within Course

There is a Search tool available for use for the course as well as for google.

   

Calendar/Progress Review

There is no Calendar available.

   

Work Offline/Synchronize

Not available

   

Student Involvement Tools

   

Groupwork

A Group section exist to promote group project work and group activities. This is useful as it will promote the functions of the group and many of their projects.

   

Self-assessment

None available.

   

Student Community Building

N/A

   

Student Portfolios

A area called My Tracker offers the student to track their work and see what their progress is.

   

Administration Tools

   

Authentication

Instructors have the option to create user accounts.

   

Course Authorization

Administrators have the authority to set limitations on accounts and set user parameters.

   

Registration Integration

Only available if the instructor sets the parameters to the course.

   

Hosted Services

 

   

Course Delivery Tools

   

Course Management

Instructors release content and created courses for students. There is a quiz creation and test creation section on the site as well.

   

Instructor Helpdesk

N/A

   

Online Grading Tools

With the online quiz creation tool, it offers the a grading tool as well.

   

 

 

Student Tracking

My Tracker (Read section on student portfolios)

 

Curriculum Design

 

Accessibility Compliance

 

 

Course Templates

Customizable and can be uploaded from Atutor.

 

Curriculum Management

Instructor based

 

Customized Look and Feel

Yes

 

Instructional Standards Compliance

 

 

Instructional Design Tools

 

 

 

 

Content Sharing/Reuse

Please see section on file sharing

 

Hardware/Software

 

Client Browser Required

None listed

 

Database Requirements

N/A

 

Server Software

N/A

 

UNIX Server

N/A

 

Windows Server

Yes

 

Pricing/Licensing GNU General Public License

 

Company Profile

A combination of developers create Atutor but the ATRC are responsible for the product.

 

Costs

Free to download, but for technical support there are packages available for purchase raging from $650 per year.

 

Open Source

Yes

 
     
   
   
   
   
   
     

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