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Harding University Dropping Moodle for Canvas

February 17th, 2013 2 comments

Harding University is just one of the droves of colleges and universities beginning to realize that Moodle’s 1990’s technology and pathetic security record is simply not meeting the demands for today’s learners or educators.

Harding dropping Moodle for Canvas: http://www.harding.edu/elearning/

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New Canvas Network

November 4th, 2012 No comments

Canvas enters the open course arena with the Canvas network. Connecting students, teachers and institutions, through an open, online course network. https://www.canvas.net/

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Google Unveils Open Source Online Education Software

September 14th, 2012 No comments

Online education startups such as the Khan Academy, as well as new efforts by MIT, Stanford, and Harvard have helped spur interest and add legitimacy to the notion of remote learning. Now Google is lending its brainpower to the rapidly growing space by releasing a tool called Course Builder, open source software that is designed to let anyone create online education courses.

The Course Builder project came by way of another program Google ran earlier this year called Power Searching With Google. The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), which attracted about 155,000 students from 196 countries, allowed Google to marry some of the practices now common to online instruction with the company’s robust array of collaboration and communication tools. A new Power Searching session begins in two weeks.

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21st Century Online Development & Education — This Isn’t Your Mother’s Online Classroom

July 26th, 2012 No comments
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Instructure to Moodle — “Kludgy” is so 1990’s ;-)

February 2nd, 2011 No comments

A lot of people are posting and tweeting about the following video being a message from Instructure to Blackboard, but seems to me it’s a message to all of the “last decade”, entrenched LMS’s out there. The message may be, your old “kludgy”, closed, ridged systems are on the way out. Students live in a connected, web 2.0 world and Canvas intends to embrace that world.

Canvas LMS goes open source — Moodle is “kind of kludgy”

February 1st, 2011 2 comments

This could be the sign of a real competitor for Moodle in the open source LMS market. I’ve reviewed their Canvas LMS and it’s light years ahead of Moodle in virtually every area. It remains to be seen how “open source” they really become…not all open source is equal. But, for anyone out there looking for a viable alternative to Moodle’s tired old 1990’s look, feel, and functionality, you should take  a look at Canvas to see what a web 2.0 LMS looks like.

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Sakai and uPortal to Merge

October 8th, 2010 2 comments

The foundation behind the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment, a popular and free courseware-management and group-cooperation system, has announced that it intends to pursue a merger with another open-software group active in higher education, the Jasig organization. Jasig is known for uPortal, a general online gateway for college and university services. The two groups say they will craft a merger proposal to be submitted to both boards of directors in the coming months.

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Sakai following Blackboard’s lead and integrating student management systems into their LMS…smart move.

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SunGard to sell Sakai LMS Services

September 29th, 2010 No comments

SunGard and Blackboard have largely kept out of each other’s turf, with Blackboard dominating the market for course-management systems and SunGard focusing on administrative software for student records and other tasks.

Now SunGard is crossing that line. For the first time, the administrative software company will directly sell a course-management system to colleges and universities.

SunGard is making the play through a deal with rSmart, a for-profit company that packages, supports, and hosts freely available software that has been produced through a collaborative “open source” process. Under the partnership, SunGard will sell subscriptions to rSmart’s version of Sakai, an open-source course-management system developed by universities.

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