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
View the old 'What is it?' pages
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
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
Assign homework for your students to complete, receive
the work they do in response to those assignments, and
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
Keep students apprised of their grades.
Issue surveys to your students and collect the
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
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