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Findings So Far: Notes from 10/13/11 Meeting

November 9, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Administrative, Meeting Notes No Comments

Findings so Far:
1. Open source is popular (agility, perception that it’s cheaper, commercial market is in flux, easier to customize). Disadvantage: level of support (unknown)
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Pearson OpenClass

October 17, 2011 by Grover LMS Applications, OpenClass No Comments

This is a totally free LMS that was just introduced by textbook publisher Pearson in mid-October 2011. It’s totally free in that they handle everything—they develop, host, and support the entire thing. Their aim is that you’ll purchase lots of their electronic resources to fill up your classes. There’s tight Google Apps integration, but not a whole lot more in terms of details.

Pepperdine University Study: Blackboard to Sakai

September 30, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Administrative, Blackboard, LMS Applications, Sakai No Comments

Dale Hulvey sent me the executive summary of Pepperdine University’s LMS study in 2009-2010. They decided to move from Blackboard to Sakai. Here’s a link to the document:
Pepperdine LMS Study Executive Summary

Open Source Learning Management Systems

September 28, 2011 by Kevin Hegg Canvas, Moodle, Open Source, Sakai 1 Comment

In response to the increasing demand for flexible, robust open source learning management systems, the number and variety of  “open source” offerings have increased in the last few years.  The following are among the most widely used in academia.
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Open Source Supplemental Reading

September 28, 2011 by Cheri Duncan Open Source No Comments

Aydin, Cansu Cigdem, and Guzin Tirkes. 2010. Open source learning management systems in distance learning. Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology 9 (2) (04): 175-84.

BARON, JOSH, JERRY WILLIS, and REBA-ANNA LEE. 2010. Creating higher education academic and information technology resources in an international context. Computers in the Schools 27 (3) (Jul): 288-308.

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Open Source Software (OSS) and Learning Management Systems

September 25, 2011 by Cheri Duncan Open Source No Comments


For any institution re-evaluating its current learning management system (LMS) or considering a new system, it is important to investigate not only commercial products, but the wide variety of open source systems, as well.  With the rapid, continual evolution of technology and education, as well as the ever-increasing costs of expensive proprietary LMS’ burdening overstretched academic budgets, many academic institutions are turning to open source solutions.

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Security Hole in Blackboard

September 23, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Blackboard, News No Comments

Here’s a link to the online article about the recently discovered “zero-day” security hole in Blackboard that would allow a hacker to change grades and steal student information:

I created a PDF of the article in case the link disappears:

LMS Transition Timeline at Univ of Miami

September 12, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Implementation, Sakai No Comments

Sandy forwarded me an email from the FRYE Institute listserv (see LM_Implementation_Timelines_Univ_of_Miami_2011.pdf). The email briefly describes Univ of Miami’s LMS transition project: 3.5 months of evaluation and 6 months of migration. Here’s a link to their Sakai Implementation Project (SIP) website:

LMS Products that are growing

September 12, 2011 by Sarah Cheverton Blackboard, Canvas, Desire2Lean, General Trends, LMS Applications No Comments

This is a follow-up article to the recent finding that Bb is losing 150 clients/year (the stat that Mary Ann mentioned in last week’s meeting). Desire2Learn, Canvas and Loud Cloud are all growing while Bb is shrinking.

Countdown to RFP Due Date on January 15, 2012


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