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Thought of the Week:- "Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition."
Manhattan:- http://manhattan.sourceforge.net/ Open Source (2.5 MB). Linux, FreeBSD.

Manhattan is a password protected, web-based course management system that includes a variety of discussion groups, live chat, areas for the teacher to post the syllabus and other handouts and notices, a module for organizing online assignments, a grades module, a surveys module, and a unique, web-based email system open only to students in the class. Various modules of the system are -

Post Office

The Post Office module is an e-mail system open only to members of the class.

One can check to see whether and when your messages have been opened or deleted.

One can access messages from anywhere on the Internet.

File attachment/attach a website feature. 20 files of any size/type can be attached in a message.

Discussion Groups - 5 different groups

The Class Discussion is intended for discussions related to the course.

The Student Lounge is a place for distance learning students to socialize.

The Anonymous Discussion allows students to speak freely and anonymously.

Manhattan allows the teacher to divide a class into small groups called teams. Team members can collaborate online in the Team Discussion area.

Team/Teacher Discussion provides a "place" for teams to meet as a group with their teacher.

Handouts/Notices, Lectures, and Self-Tests

Handouts/Notices is commonly used to post the course syllabus, general announcements, and anything else that would otherwise be "handed out" in a traditional classroom.

Lectures module simply allows the teacher to further categorize the materials posted in the classroom for the benefit of the students.

The Self-tests module was inspired by, and is designed to support, interactive quizzes created with a software package called "Hot Potatoes".


The Assignments module allows the teacher to assign work to the class, receive work submitted by the students, and provide feedback to that work, all while keeping things very well organized.

At the end of the course, the Assignment module contains a complete record of all the work assigned, the written work completed by each student and the feedback provided by the teacher.


The Grades module supports teachers who use a spreadsheet program to manage their grades. When the teacher posts a single file generated by their spreadsheet program to the Grades module, the grades are distributed to each student so that each student sees only his or her grades.

Internet Resources

Provide a list of Web sites related to your course, accessible only to your students.

Add your own commentary about each site.

Check when and if your students have actually visited the sites.

There are Configuration and Chat Modules also.


Site of the Week:- http://foldoc.doc.ic.ac.uk/foldoc/index.html

FOLDOC is a searchable dictionary of all aspects of computing such as acronyms, jargon, programming languages, tools, architecture, operating systems, networking, theory, conventions, standards, mathematics, telecoms, electronics, institutions, companies, projects, products, history and so on. The dictionary has been on the web since 1985 and presently has "over 13000 definitions totaling nearly five megabytes of text". The entries are cross-referenced to each other and also to related resources elsewhere on the net. One can also download the whole file and can use it offline. It is available under GNU License.

That's all for this week. See you next week.

Madhuresh Singhal