Online Course Management Systems

The institutions use different systems for managing course websites, so I have included information about each here. Here's a rundown of who's using what.

As of Fall 2012, Amherst has shifted from Blackboard and its own CMS to Moodle. Information about Moodle can be found on the Moodle Project page.  The Moodle site page is here: Moodle @ Amherst. To help with the transition, there is a Frequently Asked Questions for Faculty page as well as a Moodle Help for Instructors page.

As of Fall 2011, Hampshire has used Moodle as their course management system. They have created a Moodle Guide for Faculty page with information about how it works. More information can be found on the main page for Hampshire Course Websites. The main page also has links to all course websites for each school.

Mount Holyoke uses a system called ella (short for electronic learning arena). View general information about ella or general resources for faculty. Also, view the LITS liaison list (by department).

Smith also uses Moodle. More on using Moodle is on the Smith Educational Technology and Resource Adviser page and Moodle documentation for teachers. For Moodle assistance, you can call the User Support Center at 585-4487.

The University began to use Moodle exclusively in Spring 2013.  You can find information about Moodle on the UMass Moodle page. There is also a "Quick Tour of Moodle for Instructors." For further help, contact the Instructional Media Lab at 413-545-2823 or instruct AT

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