Udutu.com is an online service that allows users to create and manage online e-learning courses. The site provides an application, myUdutu, which provides the course author with all the tools necessary to create fully SCORM (Sharable Content Object Reference Model) tests. SCORM is a standard for sharing of data by online e-learning software. The site allows the user to write and manage courses and extract them to be hosted on the user's server for free. For a fee, the site will also host the user's courses. Courses can consist of basic screens, assessment screens, scenario scenes and advanced screens.
The application can import Powerpoint schedules into a screen. Two basic types of courses can be created – tree-view or linear. Course data can be extracted to SCORM 2004 or SCORM 1.2 format.
Users can define and save their own themes to be applied to courses. There are two default themes – default and default 800 x 600. myUdutu consists of Workspace, Library and Administration sections. The Workspace is where courses are created. The Library is where the user uploads and stores the common content used in the course. The Administration section allows the user to define themes, add screens and purchase hosting for screens. Course users can also be added and deleted in the Administration section. The myUdutu application requires no previous technical knowledge to use.
The Udutu.com site has been online since December 2005. The site was founded by Roger Mundell, Ron Hart, Chris Coldwell and Richard Mundell. Roger Mundell is currently CEO, while Richard Mundell is CEO of UdutuUSA.
Competition to myUdutu.com comes from applications such as Adobe Elearning Suite and sites such as Moodle.org. Adobe Elearning Suite is a collection of tools for authoring online elearnig courses. There is a very large learning curve involved with the Adobe Elearning Suite, however, as it consists of a number of complex applications. Moodle.org is an Open Source CMS for elearning course development. It is a hosted service (the user must provide their own hosting) that is completely free. Udutu.com is the easiest to implement and use of the 3 applications.
The Udutu.com site has a relatively uncluttered look and feel. The site is quite responsive and page loads happen quickly. Navigation is intuitive, with convenient top menu bars for all sections of the site. The myUdutu application is very easy to use, and there is only a small learning curve associated with it. The myUdutu application is quite responsive and functions without glitches. There is no advertising displayed on the Udutu.com site, however extracted courses are watermarked with the Udutu.com logo. The watermark is removed from courses hosted by the site.
Registration to the Udutu.com site is free and is required to use the site. The registration process asks for email address, password, organization name and first and last name. Verification of the email address is required.
Udutu.com is entirely free to use for authoring courses, and courses can be extracted to be hosted on the user's server for free. Udutu.com will host the user's course for a simple fee of $1 per screen.
Udutu.com is recommended to educators and businesses who would like to be able to design their own courses using people that are familiar with the subject content, but who are not professional course designers. Very little technical knowledge is required to use the application to build a course, so subject matter experts can create the course themselves, without having to hire a course designer.