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What is it?

Here's a link to some very old general information about Manhattan I salvaged from the old site.  While the info is old, it still has some value for those completely new to Manhattan.

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The Manhattan Virtual Classroom (or simply "Manhattan") is a course management system. Manhattan can be used to add an online component to a traditional face-to-face course, or it can be used to support distance learning courses that only meet online.

Manhattan is a web-based application.  This means that Manhattan software, which you can download for free from this website, is installed on a Linux (or other Unix-like) server. Once it's up and running, teachers and students use any modern web browser (such as Internet Explorer or Firefox) to login to their virtual classrooms.  When you enter your username and password correctly on your classroom's login screen, you will be entering a private environment where you, the teacher, can:

  • Provide your students with handouts, notices, lecture materials, interactive self-tests, and web sites to visit.

  • Assign homework for your students to complete, receive the work they do in response to those assignments, and provide feedback.

  • Issue multiple-choice, True/False, and short answer exams.

  • Issue more involved exams where the students are expected to do their work offline, and submit their responses in the form of a word processing, spreadsheet, or other type of file(s).
  • Exchange private messages with your students.

  • Host discussions with the entire class, or with teams of students.

  • Keep students apprised of their grades.

  • Issue surveys to your students and collect the results.

  • Engage in live online "chats" with your students.

  • Publish Podcasts that your students can receive using iTunes or other Podcasting software.
  • Track which students are using the system and when.

Manhattan was developed by Steven Narmontas, head of the Educational Technology Center at Western New England College.  The first version of the system was used at the college back in 1997.  In October of 2000, the software was released in its entirety on the Internet for free under the GNU General Public License. Today, Manhattan is in use around the world, and continues to be actively developed.