The LearningOnline Network with a Computer Assisted Personalized Approach (LON-CAPA) is an integrated system for online learning and assessment. It consists of a learning content authoring and management system, allowing new and existing content to be used flexibly; a course management system; an individualized homework and automatic grading system; data collection and data mining system; and a content delivery system.
The LON-CAPA software provides instructors with a common, scalable platform to assist in all aspects of teaching a course, from lecture preparation to administration of homework assignments and exams. It allows instructors to create educational materials and to share such learning resources with colleagues across institutions in a simple and efficient manner.
It provides an extremely sophisticated assignment engine that can create unique homework assignments and examinations for each student in a class. Its formative and summative assessment tools grade a wide variety of objective problems and assist in the evaluation of essays.
Provides prompt feedback for students and instructors, as well as statistical information on performance and on effectiveness of materials. Discussion pages attached to every homework assignment encourage communication among students and faculty.
LON-CAPA is being developed and implemented by an enthusiastic group of faculty and professionals who recognize that information technology can play an important role in improving students' learning and understanding. Current members of the project include faculty from universities, colleges, and K-12 schools in the US, Canada, Asia, Africa, and Europe. The core development group is located at Michigan State University.