AVOIR and KEWL.NextGen

African Virtual Open Initiatives and Resources (AVOIR). ‘The AVOIR project is an effort to unify software developers, educational specialists and others in Africa to build capacity to produce educational software while at the same time building software design, development, and support capacity in the higher education sector. AVOIR is a network of 13 nodes. The first software project is an application framework and e-learning system (KEWL.NextGen) based on it that should serve as the basis for creating next-generation e-learning features. The community has already grown to over 50 developers, with total participants in the community exceeding 200. In the first quarter of the second year of the project, this is already a comprehensive system, a fully modular platform with over 250 modules and on which almost any kind of enhancement can be built. This section provides some information for people wishing to know more about the AVOIR project.’

AVOIR and KEWL.NextGen

The latest version of KEWL.NextGen: ‘Latest version of KEWL.NextGen, one of the world’s most advanced Free Software (open source) e-learning platforms (learning management systems) released. The Free Software Innovation Unit (FSIU) located in Information & Communication Services (ICS) at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), and the African Virtual Open Initiative and Resources project (AVOIR) have released version 1.4.0 of their KEWL.NextGen e-learning system based on the KINKY application framework. KINKY and KEWL are Free Software and licensed under the GNU General Public License (GPL). KINKY is a modular PHP application framework for the rapid development of applications. It can be used to build any kind of application that requires a web interface, and by combining some of the over 200 different modules in different ways entirely new systems can be created without any programming. This release is mainly a bugfix release that includes a few new features as suggested by the user community. The quiz module has been significantly improved in order to cater for real-time testing of very large classes (around 800 students). Also included are some new modules, including a completely rewritten email module that has better integration with external mail systems.’

Updated: July 24, 2018 — 9:37 am

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