The Singing Teachers Virtual Classroom is a working interactive demonstration of the use of online software and courseware materials enabling voice teachers to educate students via the internet.
The site and it's content are NOT designed to take the place of qualified tuition, although registered teachers with existing listings in the Singing Teachers Directory CAN provide their tuition services via 'courses' using this system by upgrading their listing. (Approval and setup required). Site visitors and voice students may browse or participate in the free public sections and register online for 'paid' courses when available.
Our aim is not to offer courses ourselves, but rather to provide hosting for teachers who wish to offer online or distance learning courses without the hassle of setting up or maintaining their own server and system. The benefits of using our services include the use of our pre-setup course materials like the Musical Terms Glossary and other content which is in the process of being added. Further information on the exclusive features we offer to Course Creators will be posted in the ST Virtual Classroom News Forum when released.
Singing Teachers Virtual Classroom is made possible by Moodle, a course management system (CMS) - a software package designed to help educators create quality online courses. Such e-learning systems are sometimes also called Learning Management Systems (LMS) or Virtual Learning Environments (VLE). One of the main advantages of Moodle over other systems is a strong grounding in social constructionist pedagogy
Moodle is Open Source software, which means you are free to download it, use it, modify it and even distribute it (under the terms of the GNU General Public License). Moodle runs without modification on Unix, Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, Netware and any other system that supports PHP, including most webhost providers. Data is stored in a single database: MySql and PostgreSQL are best supported, but it can also be used with Oracle, Access, Interbase, ODBC and others.
Moodle has 60 language packs, including: Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (simplified and traditional), Czech, Danish, Dutch, English (UK and US versions), Finnish, French (France and Canada versions), German, Greek, Hungarian, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Maori, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Portugal and Brazil), Romanian, Russian, Slovak, Spanish, Swedish, Tagalog, Thai and Turkish.
To find out more, see the features demo, try the demonstration courses here and at Moodle.org, or see the growing number of Moodle sites around the world.