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By Sarah Wright
Without online learning platforms, distance education would be difficult to carry out. Our nominees in this category will likely be recognizable to anyone who has participated in a distance learning course. For those who aren't yet familiar with these software companies, you may want to learn more. Thanks to these companies, the world of education has improved and made a move to take advantage of the best that technology has to offer.
Moodle is an online course delivery platform that has over 45 million registered users. And its popularity isn't limited to the U.S. - Spain, Brazil, the United Kingdom and Germany help round out the top five nations that use the software. But Moodle is also guided by philosophy. According to the company, a social constructivist philosophy underlies the software. Under this philosophy, the software was developed to help people construct new knowledge as they interact with the social environment created by the software.
With a mission to improve education, Blackboard offers several different platforms that can be used to deliver course materials and create learning communities online. The education software is a popular choice, and is used at prestigious schools across the globe. One unique feature that Blackboard has is its extension capabilities. Using the vast catalog of extensions, users can customize the software to fit their needs. Customization is key, and the company often partners with educational institutions to create new solutions to online learning challenges.
Given the amount of time students spend online, it would be a mistake to miss out on the opportunity to engage them with learning through the Internet. Aplia has made good use of students' comfort with online activities by creating a sort of virtual school with different subject areas. Using Aplia, teachers can assign activities to students in a medium that is likely to hold their attention. And with features like automatic grading, teachers are relieved of some of the labor burden associated with traditional homework, allowing them to focus on other issues.
All three nominees are highly deserving, but only one can win. Support your favorite, and don't forget to get the word out and vote on Facebook before October 21st!
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