Blackboard, Canvas LMS, Moodle, D2L, and Schoology are popular Learning Management Systems used by top higher education institutions in the world.
Sometimes, they are referred to as Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). Some of these Learning Management Systems have been customized by the various institutions giving them unique, interesting names.
Let’s find out.
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HuskyCT is the University of Connecticut version or customized name of the Blackboard learning management system (LMS).
HuskyCT stands for “Husky Course Tools”.
Uconn faculty and other instructors use HuskyCT to create a website for their course and use various tools to distribute course content, communicate with students, and perform course activities.
Just as any D2L platform, it can be used to deliver academic courses on the Web or to supplement face-to-face instruction.
UR Courses is the University of Regina’s Learning management system. UR instructors and students can interact, share resources, and access course-related activities on the platform.
UR Courses is based on Moodle, an open-source application used to create and support course websites and online communities of learning.
This web-based tool provides a resource for instructors and students to enrich the teaching and learning experience.
bCourses is integrated with the University of California, Berkeley’s Academic Integrity, Clickers, CalCentral, Course Capture, SuiteC, and Gradescope services.
iCollege is Georgia State University’s learning management system (LMS) powered by Brightspace by D2L.
The interface is simple to use, making easily browse through courses.
iCollegeNow is a workshop for instructors who are new to teaching online with Georgia State University’s platform, iCollege. This course contains the basic information instructors need to get into iCollege to add content for the course and to assess their students.
UVA Collab is the centrally-supported online collaboration and learning environment (CLE) at the University of Virginia based on the Sakai learning management system.
The system is the University of Virginia’s central online environment for teaching, learning, collaboration, and research.
UVA students and faculty use UVACollab to create and use collaboration sites and/or course sites to facilitate class members, project teams, or research groups, engaging in interactive discussions, joining virtual meetings, securely storing and sharing materials, and much more.
UM Learn is the University of Manitoba’s learning management system (LMS) and is used to support the delivery of face-to-face, online and blended courses.
UM Learn is a solution used at Umanitoba to distribute course materials, collect assignments, deliver quizzes/surveys, and have advanced grading capabilities including rubrics and a grade book.
The U of M’s learning management system is also based on D2L.
ANU Wattle is the Learning Management System (LMS) used at the Australian National University to provide course materials.
WATTLE stands for “Web Access To Teaching & Learning Environments“. It is based on Moodle LMS as the main underpinning platform.
The learning management system is augmented with other online learning facilities such as Turnitin (text-matching system), Echo360 (lecture recording system), and Voice Tools (audio recording tools).
NTU NOW is the virtual learning environment at Nottingham Trent University, UK.
NOW stands for NTU Online Workspace. It offers resources and information to support off-campus studies and enables students to organize all aspects of their academic life at NTU.
UGA’s eLC is the online learning management system for the University of Georgia. eLC stands for eLearning Commons.
It is also sometimes referred to as D2L (the company responsible for eLC) or Brightspace (what D2L calls their product).
You may think of eLC as a vast repository where you can store and track information related to coursework.
UCLA CCLE is based upon Moodle, an open-source learning management system (LMS) used by the University of California, Los Angeles, and is administered upon multiple servers.
CCLE, which stands for Common Collaboration and Learning Environment, is a campus-wide service that makes collaboration possible across schools, divisions, and departments across UCLA.
UWO OWL is the learning management system of the University of Western Ontario. At least this LMS is named after my favorite bird.
OWL is a customized version of the free, community source, educational teaching, research, and collaboration platform called Sakai. Sakai LMS is a robust open-source learning management system created for and used by higher educational institutions around the world.
DC Connect is an online learning management system used to give Durham College students access to teaching materials, provide communication and feedback, or take quizzes and submit assignments.
Powered by Desire2Learn (D2L) software, DC Connect provides an online “homeroom” for classes.
The Durham College learning management system provides easy access to student course material such as course outlines, lecture slides, assignments, grades, and other content shared by professors.
BYU Learning Suite
BYU Learning Suite is the Brigham Young University-built and supported Learning Management System.
It offers tools like course content, communications (email, messages, and online discussions in Digital Dialog), assignments, assessments or exams, grading, schedule, and syllabus.
BYU Learning Suite was first launched in Fall 2012 and provides essential functions similar to commercial or open-source systems such as Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, etc.
eCentennial is an online learning portal that offers several services for Centennial College students, including access to course assignments and materials, a discussion board to communicate with classmates, and information on class standings and grades.
Centennial College’s eCentennial online student service is powered by the Desire2Learn (D2L) Brightspace Learning Management System.
UofT’s Quercus is the University of Toronto’s learning management system, powered by Canvas LMS. Students can access course content, view their progress in the course, and submit assignment files.
Why is the U of T learning management system called Quercus?
A student contest was conducted in the fall of 2017 to name the new LMS. Three students proposed the name Quercus, all citing it as the Latin word for the Oaktree genus.
It also has a relation to the University of Toronto coat of arms’ oak tree and the motto “velut arbor aevo”, Latin for “as a tree through the ages”.
eConestoga is an online Learning Management System used at Conestoga College where you can access your course materials, assessments, and grades. It is powered by D2L Brightspace.
It is the hub for all courses, including tests and lectures. This will be where Conestoga College students go to interact with their classes and instructors.
NYU Classes is New York University’s learning management system. It is an online space to interact with classmates and instructors, keep track of assignments and tests, and store information based on courses.
The Learning Management System is based on Sakai, an open-source software program.
GauchoSpace is the learning management system for the University of California, Santa Barbara, UCSB courses and projects, allowing instructors to create online sites for course materials and student activities. GauchoSpace is built using Moodle, an open-source learning platform.
Gaucho is the nickname for UC Santa Barbara. It features tools that allow you to upload your syllabus, course assignments, or readings; manage a grade book that calculates and displays grades for students; and create quizzes or lessons that provide instant feedback for students.
GauchoSpace simplifies the process of communicating with students through various communication tools, such as Peachmail and the Instructor Announcements forum, as well as other class activity forums.
Students can access course sites from the current and one previous quarter (unless the instructor has made a recent course unavailable to students or an older course site available again).
Learning and Teaching Technology Environment (LATTE), the university learning management system, is a Moodle-based learning platform that enables Brandeis University faculty members and students to engage in online education.
Through LATTE, faculty members can create dedicated course pages with syllabi, readings, multimedia, and other resources. Students participate in discussions, submit assignments, receive feedback, and interact with other learning community members.
Last but not least is LaTrobe LMS. It is the simplest name on the list, straight to the point.
LaTrobe LMS is the Learning Management System used by La Trobe University built on Moodle LMS. This system may be referred to as the ‘LMS’ or as ‘Moodle’ – it is the same system.
La Trobe University’s online learning environment allows students to locate learning materials and activities related to their studies from any location with internet access, just like any Moodle site.