Saturday, October 15, 2011

Welcome OpenClass, Good-bye Ning!

I am so looking forward to OpenClass!! (see the news release below). One of the faculty testers, Gary Ritter, offered the following praise, which has "Community 2.0" written all over it:
The biggest benefit to me has been the potential to overcome two of the biggest obstacles of the traditional LMS - the tyranny of the section and the semester. In my Moodle sections, or BB for that matter, students can only communicate with other students who are in that section. Open class provides both the opportunity to create a kind of college-wide social learning and sharing network while also allowing for a closed environment for individual classes.
For the whole comment, see HERE.

Pearson and Google Jump Into Learning Management With a New, Free System

October 13, 2011, 10:25 am
One of the world’s biggest education publishers has joined with one of the most dominant and iconic software companies on the planet to bring colleges a new—and free—learning-management system with the hopes of upending services that affect just about every instructor, student, and college in the country.
Today Pearson, the publishing and learning technology group, has joined the software giant Google to launch OpenClass, a free LMS that combines standard course-management tools with advanced social networking and community-building, and an open architecture that allows instructors to import whatever material they want, from e-books to YouTube videos. The program will launch through Google Apps for Education, a very popular e-mail, calendar, and document-sharing service that has more than 1,000 higher-education customers, and it will be hosted by Pearson with the intent of freeing institutions from the burden of providing resources to run it. It enters a market that has been dominated by costly institution-anchored services like Blackboard, and open-source but labor-intensive systems like Moodle.
For more, click  HERE.


  1. I set up with NING but haven't used it yet. Should I cancel that and try to figure this out?

  2. I would not do it this semester, as there are bound to be glitches and I am sure your life is already complex as it is. Ning is easy as pie.

    But in the long run, for the sake of students using only one password, we should take a serious look at OpenClass.

  3. This looks great - lots of potential for future classes!