LON-CAPA (Learning Online Network with Computer-Assisted Personalized Approach) is a learning management system (LMS) that possesses the standard tools of many such web-based/browser-based learning systems. It was developed at Michigan State University (USA). The project is open source and began in 1993.
LON-CAPA is both a web-based learning system and an international learning network. Webservers at more than 130 universities and schools worldwide communicate with one another.
With the help of the LON-CAPA tools, universities and schools can create their own learning resources (test problems, web pages, etc.) and share these across the worldwide network. Teachers can save a great deal of work when creating online courses because they can use pre-existing learning resources. There are already more than 100,000 freely available learning resources in the network.
The strengths of LON-CAPA (advanced test problem creation, mathematical function equivalence testing, support of LaTeX, the programming of scripting variables, dynamic test problem behavior via random number generation, etc.) are tailored to suit the needs of the natural and mathematical sciences. Collaborating projects (MultiMedia Physics, New Chemistry Tools, etc.) offer thousands of interactive learning resources. SMILES-based, chemical structure exercises are made possible by a built-in "molecule drawing tool" (JME editor). Visualization tools for three-dimensional molecules (Jmol, Chime, etc.) and multimedia files (Video, Flash, java applets) can easily be embedded into LON-CAPA.
The University of Frankfurt's computing center (HRZ) began maintaining a LON-CAPA server in early 2008. In the winter semester of 2008/2009, introductory physics lectures were accompanied by LON-CAPA courses.
ServiceThe computing center (HRZ) supports you in your work with LON-CAPA and offers free LON-CAPA training seminars.
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