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I am wanting to set up my own elearning environment/school for teaching various web technologies including search marketing.
I have only used one other provider online and they used Web Crossing software. From what I can see, this software is not very user friendly - I did not like the interface and navigation provided to students.
My ideal would be a provider of hosted classroom technology so I could just log in over the web and do everything. I would consider getting server space and installing my own if it was the best solution. But then I started to think about a forum environment. Most people who would take training online should be familiar with forums and to have that interface should be quite usable for students and easy for me to set up.
So then the questions come...
Can I automate student registration as an interface with the forum? Can I keep the forum only accessible by password (and students had to create a username and password during registration)?
Can I attach an affiliate program to the registration? I would like to reward students who refer other students and also reward instructors.
I actually think a forum will be the easiest way to go - being notified of new messages by email, being able to see today's posts, setting admin status vs user status for the instructor, etc.
Do forums allow for attachments (ie is that an option I can configure?).
Thanks for any info or further reading you can direct me to!