Learning Management System

DataTree eguru is Learning Management System also known as a Course Management System/Virtual Learning Environment.eguru is designed to help educators create online courses with opportunities for rich interaction.

Eguru features

  • Activities.
  • Resource types.
  • Question types.
  • Data field types (for the database activity).
  • Graphical themes.
  • Authentication methods.
  • Enrollment methods.
  • Providing a customisable overview of all courses, plus RSS feeds.
  • Full support for SCORM 2004/SCORM-AICC.
  • Support for IMS LD Level A, allowing import and export.
  • Web Services API,Integration with some repositories.
  • Content Filters.

Overall Design

  • Promotes a social constructionist pedagogy (collaboration, activities, critical reflection, etc).
  • Suitable for 100% online classes as well as supplementing face-to-face learning.
  • Simple, lightweight, efficient, compatible, low-tech browser interface
  •  Easy to install on almost any platform that supports PHP. Requires only one database (and can share it).
  • Full database abstraction supports all major brands of database
  • Course listing shows descriptions for every course on the server, including accessibility to guests.
  • Courses can be categorised and searched – eguru site can support thousands of courses.
  • Emphasis on strong security throughout. Forms are all checked, data validated, cookies encrypted etc.
  • Most text entry areas (resources, forum postings etc) can be edited using an embedded WYSIWYG HTML editor.

Course Management

  • A full teacher has full control over all settings for a course, including restricting other teachers.
  • Choice of course formats such as by week, by topic or a discussion-focussed social format.
  •  Flexible array of course activities – Forums, Quizzes, Resources, Choices, Surveys, Assignments, Chats, Workshops.
  • Recent changes to the course since the last login can be displayed on the course home page – helps give sense of community.
  • All grades for Forums, Quizzes and Assignments can be viewed on one page (and downloaded as a spreadsheet file).
  • Full user logging and tracking – activity reports for each student are available with graphs and details about each module (last access, number of times read) as well as a detailed “story” of each students involvement including postings etc on one page.
  • Mail integration – copies of forum posts, teacher feedback etc can be mailed in HTML or plain text.
  • Custom scales – teachers can define their own scales to be used for grading forums and assignments.