ANGEL Learning Management Suite

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ANGEL Learning Management Suite

The ANGEL Learning Management Suite is one of the foremost learning management systems used today in both K-12 and in higher education. This system is known as a flexible learning management system used for sequenced coursework.

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What Is?

This LMS has the typical functions that many learning / course management systems have in terms of course setups, learning sequencing, digital file delivery and exchange, learner tracking, assessment creation and deployment, learner gradebooks, and so on.

What differentiates ANGEL Learning Management Suite are several features. One is that it includes its own learning object repository. This repository is sharable between instructors based on rights releases. If educational systems can get this aspect launched and live, this could revolutionize the sharing of digital learning contents.

Those who’ve created this LMS have made many connections and alliances with various partners that bring value-added quality. They have agreements with name content providers, lecture capture software makers, plagiarism software tool makers, third-party web conferencing technology creators, and others, whose contents interact well with ANGEL.

ANGEL Learning (via Blackboard, Inc.) also enables either a hosted solution or a self-hosted solution.

This LMS offers a much wider range of administrative functions (course copying, course archival, course downloading, reports access) than many other L/CMSes on the market currently. This requires users to be comfortable with going into deeper layers to identify what may / may not be adjusted. There are many pre-sets for basic functionalities that may be affected by the campus administrator of the ANGEL LMS but many of which can also be affected by the instructor with instructor-level access. This simplifies administration at universities for those that believe in greater leeway for faculty.

A Brief History

ANGEL Learning evolved from research at Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). The prototype was launched in 1996 as Indiana University’s OnCourse; it was later re-released in July 2000 as CyberLearning Labs, Inc. In May 2009, this software suite was acquired by a main competitor, BlackBoard, Inc.

Add-On Features of the L/CMS

The basic learning management suite may be enhanced with add-on features, such as its ANGEL ePortfolio, a sophisticated rubric-based system. The interchangeability of digital learning objects within ANGEL is another significant advantage, with artifacts that may be imported from ANGEL into the ePortfolio, for example.

A third-party web conferencing tool may be added as well for live real-time voice and visual interactivity.

Finer Points

One high level feature of ANGEL offers an analysis of the user’s system and suggests plug-ins and updates that are needed to help the LMS function. This is an important point of dependencies which may novice users may not be aware of.

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Student popularity ratings of each others’ commentary is another unique aspect of the Message Board in the ANGEL LMS. This allows for a five-star rating maximum for others commentaries. This feature seems to build on the power of social networking features and adds interactivity for those who want to use this feature.

See Also

Blackboard ANGEL Edition: http://www.blackboard.com/Teaching-Learning/Learn-Resources/ANGEL-Edition.aspx

ANGEL Learning: http://www.angellearning.com/community/higher_ed.html

“ANGEL Learning” in Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ANGEL_Learning

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