a review of Collaborize
Completely free online learning management system with a strong focus on student discussion.
Collaborize makes it easy to set up your own online class forum. You can post discussion questions, pictures, videos, and documents. You can have students vote on a topic and then justify their position, select from multiple choice options and explain their choice, suggest an answer or vote for another student's response, respond to a question or reflect on a topic. Plus when you start your classroom, they provide three lessons for your students: The Do's and Don'ts for Online Student Communication, Mainaining a Safe Space Online, and Bulding Community Online: Time Machine Ice Breaker. There is very little initial setup involved, which is especially good for teachers who are new to online teaching. They also have an iPad app version.