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Re: [school-discuss] Student Management System: Open Admin

The best tool hands-down is Open Admin by our own Les Richardson: http://richtech.ca/openadmin/

I have tried all of the others. Les is really involved in the nitty-gritty of what schools need. If you are interested in a feature, he will respond. This (Open Admin) is not a plug-in/add-on; it is a complete SIS package which can compete with the expensive proprietary alternatives and win.


----- Message from lloy0076@xxxxxxxxxxx ---------
    Date: Fri, 15 Sep 2006 18:34:10 +0930
    From: David Lloyd <lloy0076@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Reply-To: schoolforge-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 Subject: [school-discuss] Student Management System
      To: schoolforge-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Hi There,

I have a need for a system that:

1. Keeps a list of students

   - can group them by hierarchies
     - eg: A student of learning centre X in country Y

2. Keeps records of students grades

   - record keeping may need to comply with various Government standards

3. Allows remote access via web-browser

   - web browser can display graphics but that's all I can assume

4. Allows student access to the system

   - to check / challenge gradings
   - to download student resources
   - to download course policies

I have a suspicion that Sakai or Moodle would do these and I have tried
them both out, a little.

1. Sakai seems quite 'heavy' although I suspect that integrating it with
   an outside directory service (eg. an LDAP based service) might get me
   what I need

2. Moodle seems quite 'light' compared to Sakai but I found its user
   interface awful (to be honest)

One thing I may need to do is bolt one or more proprietary modules onto
the system. I can probably edge the license towards a BSD Revised / X11
style license but I don't think I'd get approval for a GPL style

Am I looking at the right tools?


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