These systems are typically implemented institution-wide. Some allow individual faculty to set up a free account for a limited number of classes, e.g. Canvas, Moodle.
- Collaborize Classroom
— THE big one, but also expensive and outdated
— open source, old kid on the block
— a new kid on the block
— a new kid on the block with a very clean logical interface; the company and user-base are growing VERY fast
— another new kid on the block
— very Facebook-like interface
The list below are not “true” course management systems, but teachers have made them work as a basic course platform instead of using a “true” one. What’s a “true” course management system? Typically it integrates many (if not all) components needed to run a course: course document repository, attendance, calendar, assignment submission and grading, etc. For example, Google sites can be setup to do assignment “submission” and teacher feedback, but it doesn’t have a dedicated component for this and it takes a bit of teacher time to set permissions and access properly.