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LON-CAPA for Administrators

Recent years have seen a consolidaton of the commercial closed-source course management system market which effectively led to a monopoly. LON-CAPA is open-source and free. There are no licensing fees or restrictions, and all components of the system are open. LON-CAPA was developed by universities and with support by foundations, and while commercial hosting and support options are available, it can be operated on-site with "no strings attached."

The LON-CAPA project exists since 1993, and today is backed up by a consortium, which ensures the sustainability of the project and ensures that future directions are in line with the open philosophy of the system. LON-CAPA is scalable and proven to be machine-room-ready. It integrates well into campus IT infrastructure, even with legacy systems. It offers all standard course management and collaboration features of a modern course management system, and its learning content management functionality ensures long-term return on institutions' investments into online learning assets.


I have over 20 years of experience working with instructional technology and LON-CAPA is by orders of magnitude the most powerful and versatile platform I've seen for development and delivery of online homework and quizzes. It seems the only limits on what you can design and do with LON-CAPA are those of your own imagination.
- Douglas Mills, Director of Instructional Technology Department of Chemistry University of Illinois, USA.

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