About moodle.. an opensource tool for building online asynchronous interactions

Moodle can be found here.
The sister site online mentoring is also based on moodle.

What is Moodle?

Moodle is a course management system (CMS) - a software package, designed to help educators create quality online courses. Such e-learning systems are sometimes also called Learning Management Systems (LMS) , Virtual Learning Environments (VLE ), and education via computer -mediated communication (CMC) or education online . The product has received excellent reviews .

Some Possible Uses of Moodle

* Corporate Computer Based Training (CBT)
* Colleges courses for non residential students
* Websites selling online courses
* Online courses to build website traffic and corporate good will.
* Corporate Universities providing ongoing distance education for employees
* Provide student collaboration for Home Schoolers

Features of Moodle

* Moodle is user-friendly and flexible
* Teacher has full control over all settings for a course
* Choice of course formats such as by week, by topic or discussion-focused
* Course activities - Forums, Journals, Quizzes, Resources, Choices, Surveys
* Course listing shows descriptions for every course on the server
* Strong security throughout
* Student can store online notes and a journal
* Testing true false, multiple choice, short answers
* Automatic or manual scoring of testing
* Grading kept in organized system
* Student can create a personal profile with list of the student's online comments.
* Students can upload their assignments
* Access can be assigned to instructors, student, administrators and guests
* Instructors can keep track of student interaction with content
* Instructors can get instructional design help from within the software
* Browser-based and runs on Linux, Php and mySql
* 30 language translations are available as plug-in packs
* Easy to modify to meet specific needs
* Social constructionist pedagogy (collaboration, activities, critical reflection, etc)

For a more complete list of features click here <