About the Name
Etudes Classic was a pioneer course management system, based on C and C++, inspired and developed by Michael Loceff, computer science professor at Foothill College, in 1994.
What about the Etudes name? (pronounced A-tudes)
Etudes Classic served colleges for a decade. It was retired in June of 2007.
The Etudes team adopted the Sakai platform in 2004, and has been building tools upon the Sakai framework and core tools since then, with a goal of meeting the unique needs of its members. Etudes-NG (next generation) was launched in January of 2005 and was adopted by all Etudes member institutions.
As of May 21, 2008, Etudes, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3), public charity organization that leads open source development and offers e-learning services to higher education institutions. The corporation now supports over 350,000 student enrollments annually, and 2600 instructors.