Ten Reasons to Choose ATutorSpaces
These are 10 important reasons why you should choose ATutorSpaces for your online course hosting needs, and 10 things you should consider when selecting an e-learning service provider. Also see ATutorSpaces Features
Free Course SitesIf you need just a few spaces to deliver a course or two, or you want to use ATutorSpaces for a while before purchasing a plan, ATutorSpaces is FREE. Create up to 3 courses, with no limit on the number of students enrolled in those courses. Each course includes 100MB of disk space.
Privacy & SecurityEvery ATutorSpaces site receives it's own private domain and a private database. 128 Bit SSL Encryption provides data and communication security, and login information is secured using SHA1 encryption. Servers are secured with SSH public and private keys.
You are Not Locked InWhile we hope you stick around and make ATutorSpaces your permanent home for hosting your online courses, you are free to leave at any time. To ensure that transition goes smoothly, ATutorSpaces complies with interoperability standards that allow you to export content and tests in formats that can be imported into other systems. IMS Common Cartridges, Content Packages, and QTI test packages are easily imported into, or exported from your ATutorSpaces course site.
ATutorSpaces supports the following interoperability standards and specifications:
Accessibility is a PriorityATutorSpaces is second to none when it comes to providing an inclusive environment in which to teach and learn. Our LMS complies with a variety of international accessibility standards that ensure both teachers and learners can participate fully in online courses with the confidence they will not encounter barriers. ATutorSpaces staff are active members of the accessibility community, and advocate for systems that accommodate a wide range of human diversity.
ATutorSpaces supports the following accessibility standards, legislation, specifications and guidelines:
- W3C WCAG 1.0
- W3C WCAG 2.0
- W3C ATAG 2.0
- US Section 508
- Italy Stanca Act
- IMS AccessForAll 2.0
- ISO/IEC 24751
Transparency and OpennessATutorSpaces is based on Open Source technology, and with that comes openness in the way we do business. We want you to know exactly what you're getting when you sign-up with ATutorSpaces. We post all our pricing and services so you know what your costs will be when hosting your courses on ATutorSpaces. There's no fine print, no hidden costs, no surprises. As Open Source, the ATutor software is publicly available and open to change if you need a new feature or want to modify an existing one. The Web site at atutor.ca provides support for a global community of ATutor users, and is a good source of information about ATutor software.
Modular CoursesCourse sites created in ATutorSpaces are a collection of modular tools that are easily added to and removed from courses. If you just need a place for your students to communicate online, turn on the forums, or maybe the chat, or perhaps video conferencing. If you want a full-fledged online course with all the bells and whistles, choose from dozens of standard modules, or add on custom or community supported modules, to build your own custom course delivery system.
Integrated EcommerceYour success is our success. We want our clients to prosper and grow, and to foster that ATutorSpaces provides integrated ecommerce for managing course enrollment and tuition fees. The ecommerce module allows you to connect your ATutorSpaces course sites to your PayPal, Moneris, BeanStream, and MiraPay accounts in a few easy steps. If you need support for other ecommerce providers, services are available at ATutorSpaces to make that happen.
Mobile LearningNowadays elearning is much more than sitting in front of a computer to access your online courses. E-learning can happen anywhere, on the bus, sitting on a beach, out in the wilderness, or on the front lines. Mobile phones, tablets, and other portable devices allow you to take your teaching and learning with you wherever you go. ATutorSpaces supports a variety of mobile devices, ensuring that administrators can manage their sites, instructors can manage their courses, and students can learn from anywhere there is Internet access.
Free Learning ContentOpen Learning Resources (OERs) are becoming more widely available, and many universities are opening their content to the public. ATutorSpaces taps into these OERs and makes them available to course instructors to search out and import directly into their courses. With the AContent learning content repository available to every ATutorSpaces site, instructors and content authors can potentially enhance the OERs they use, or create new ones, and contribute them back to the public domain.
Economical Course HostingForemost at ATutorSpaces, we want you to be able to share your knowledge, and expertise, and deliver your courses without the steep prices many e-learning providers charge. At ATutorSpaces, our primary goal is to ensure those who want their courses online have the opportunity, and that they continue to teach and grow their services and prosper from their success. Most service providers charge by the student, and grant a license per "seat." While your student enrollment increases, profits grow for the provider with little or no additional expense. At ATutorSpaces the price you pay is proportional to the server space you use, not the number of students you serve.