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New Course Management System — Coursekit

November 30, 2011 by Mary Ann Chappell LMS Applications, News No Comments

There is a new learning management system on the block — Coursekit.   According to the Wired Technology post, Coursekit “emphasizes social networking and an easy-to-use interface.”

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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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: http://www.scmagazineus.com/zero-day-holes-found-in-blackboard-platform/article/212156/.

I created a PDF of the article in case the link disappears: http://sites.jmu.edu/lms/wp-content/plugins/shorty/dropbox/Dropbox/LMS_Documents/Zero-day_holes_found_in_Blackboard_platform_-_Print_Article_-_SC_Magazine_US.pdf

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: http://community.muohio.edu/sip/

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.


Moodle Licensing

September 6, 2011 by Kevin Hegg Moodle, Open Source No Comments

The Moodle software package and documentation is licensed under one of the GPL licenses. Moodle version 1.x is licensed under GPL version 2 and Moodle 2.x under version 3 or any later version of the GPL, at the licensee’s option. Click here to view the GPL version 3 license as published on the moodle.org site.

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