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What kind of product would work to provide a feature on a school website to allow teachers to post homework assignments and allow students / parents to quickly find the assignments by class and subject? I'm thinking wiki or cms but they don't seem to hit the mark completely. FYI I have VPS hosting so I can install whatever I want.

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I think CMS is such a broad heading that what you require could be classed as a CMS. A CMS could be any system where you don't have to physically edit the underlying code of the website. Is the "posted homework assignment" a simple block of text, or does it require images and advanced formatting? Do you want students to interact/comment on the website itself? Is it all to be protected behind some kind of authentication? – w3dk Sep 12 '12 at 11:52
Just text is fine. Minimal formatting (i.e. paragraphs, bullet points) would be useful. The only authentication would be to make sure that only teachers can post / modify / delete assignments and anyone can read them. – BlueWhale Sep 12 '12 at 11:54
I have never tried this, but I have read the news today: code.google.com/p/course-builder . It might be worth a shot! – milo5b Sep 12 '12 at 17:33
are you also interested in 3rd party solutions or just self hosted? – Drai Dec 11 '12 at 20:02

I have used moodle for a while, it is an open-source CMS that should provide all that you need.

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You may be able to use Wordpress with Buddypress and a plugin like this courseware one.

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