Web Courseworks – CourseStage
The following are highlights from the Web Courseworks CourseStage profile in the Association Learning Management Systems report.
Like EasyCampus and TOPYX, CourseStage leverages the popular open-source platform Moodle; unlike the other two, CourseStage was developed specifically for associations, nonprofits, and public organizations. In addition to hosting and supporting the system, Web Courseworks provides extensive training for clients who want to develop their own content using standard Moodle tools, its CourseCreate authoring system, or popular third-party applications. The company also has a long track record in developing custom online training and simulations as well as game-based learning.
The last year and a half have seen Web Courseworks bring to fruition many features and functionalities in the planning or development phases at the time of our last report.
- Web Courseworks forged a formal partnership with CommPartners, a provider of Webinar services. Users can view CommPartners products in CourseStage, which tracks attendance for live and recorded Webinars, making it easier for Webinars to play a cohesive role in a larger educational offering.
- For associations who don’t opt to use an association management system’s e-commerce, Web Courseworks has introduced a robust shopping cart for CourseStage, built on Magento.
- The company has released enhanced certification management capabilities and can now handle complex certification scenarios. Administrators can manage the different credit types available in CourseStage and set default expirations to be applied to courses (defaults can be overwritten for individual courses).
- Using a face-to-face attendance module, CourseStage can track in-person training. Administrators create a session in CourseStage, with the appropriate credits assigned to it, and set the attendance status for each user.
- Web Courseworks has rolled out CourseCreate, a hosted, Web-based, collaborative authoring tool that produces SCORM-compliant, XML-driven Flash tutorials, assessments, and learning objects.
- At the time of the last report, CourseStage was yet to be integrated with a single association management system. Today the platform has been integrated with Aptify, iMIS, Personify, and more.
Web Courseworks emphasizes one of the biggest upsides of going with an open source solution—the client is not locked into proprietary software and a limited selection of service providers. Independently of Web Courseworks, Moodle enjoys a large user and developer network. A wide range of support documentation and training options are available on the Web at little or no cost, and an extensive library of plug-in applications is available for addressing features not available in the core system. For organizations that place high value on this kind of flexibility but want the content development capabilities, hosting, and support that a professional e-learning services firm can provide, Web Courseworks represents a best-of-both-worlds solution.
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