Computer buffs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have constructed a new portal framework designed to give educational institutions more flexibility in managing both on-campus and distance education programs.

Called Caddie.net, the framework--which schools can download free of charge--supplies basic applications for course management and scheduling, while enabling users to build customized portals designed to meet the specific needs of a particular class or campus organization.

Developers are touting the program as more versatile and easier to use than leading commercial course management solutions, such as...

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