Collaboration & Web 2.0


rSmart: A Focus on Kuali

rSmart, the Scottsdale, AZ-based technology solutions provider known for its implementation and support services for education market instances of the open source Sakai (collaboration and learning environment) and Kuali (administrative systems and software suite) platforms, announced on April 11 that Asahi Net International, a company operating in New York with roots in Japan, had acquired the Sakai division of its business. CT asked rSmart CEO Chris Coppola about the acquisition, and about rSmart’s increased focus on the Kuali part of its business.

Echo360 Acquires Social Study Startup ThinkBinder

Echo360 has acquired education startup ThinkBinder, a social study service, to integrate into its lecture capture application.

Canvas App Center Brings 1-Click Access to LMS Add-ons

Instructure today revealed a new tool that allows users to add third-party extensions to its flagship LMS, Canvas, with a single click.

Lone Star College System Adopts New LMS to Boost Student Completion

LSCS aims to improve student completion rates for its on-campus and distance learning students by migrating to a new learning management system.

Teambox Launches On-Premise Collaboration Platform

Teambox has released a new collaboration and communication platform called Teambox On-Premise, which is designed to be installed behind an organization's firewall.



Schools Deliver Online Learning, Mobile Capabilities with New LMS

Pennsylvania College of Technology's new LMS enables students to access course information and documents from their handheld device and gives teachers advanced reporting tools for tracking and analyzing student performance.

3 Ways to Improve Collaboration via the Cloud--for Less

Moving to the cloud can help schools boost collaboration among students, faculty, and staff--while still cutting costs. CT looks at 3 cloud-based tools that can make a difference.

Strategic Mobilization: A Model for the Future

Recognizing mobile technology's ubiquity and reach into students' lives, its rapid technical evolution, and its unique transformative potential for education, the Tennessee Board of Regents has included mobilization as an important part of its strategic plan. As Associate Vice Chancellor for Mobilization and Emerging Technology, Robbie Melton oversees mobilization strategies and initiatives for TBR. Here, Melton shares how she works to build and extend TBR's model for strategic mobilization.

CourseMill LMS 6.8 Updates Improve Information Tracking, Management

Lectora has released several new features and updates to its CourseMill learning management system, which allows instructors, students, and administrators to oversee, manage, track, and take online courses and curriculum.

Sacramento State Moves 50,000 Accounts to Office 365

Sacramento State University, part of the California State University system, is moving 50,000 accounts to Microsoft's cloud-based productivity and collaboration suite, Office 365. It's one of three universities that recently made the switch, Microsoft revealed at its annual United States Public Sector CIO Summit Wednesday.