Moodlerooms will release a free plug-in designed to integrate open-source learning management system Moodle with Microsoft's Live@edu services.
E-learning provider LoudCloud Systems is taking its learning platform modular. According to the company, the LoudCloud Learning Management Ecosystems for K-12 and higher education will be available as individual components to be used on their own or in conjunction with third-party systems to augment their capabilities.
Blackboard has gone into general release with a new service pack for Blackboard Learn version 9.1. Service pack 8, or "Ocho," as it's nicknamed by the company, delivers changes to the user interface of the learning management system, as well as updates to workflow functionality, intended to help instructors and administrators use the application more efficiently and effectively.
The Idaho State Board of Education has structured a system-wide deal with Blackboard to save money at its public institutions that adopt the company's software.
Campus Apartments, a company that owns or manages approximately 32,000 beds at more than 70 colleges in 24 states, has upgraded their online account portal interface to provide student tenants and their guardians with the option of paying rent and requesting services through Facebook.
A private college in Pennsylvania has switched to a LMS based on open source software. The school in La Plume, which is in the process of expanding its online and blended course programs, was looking for a platform that would provide an intuitive user interface and additional communication features, easily integrate with current systems, and cut costs.
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has created a live, cloud-based interactive classroom to provide distance learning courses to more than 27,000 students worldwide.
Saylor Foundation has selected three college textbooks to be added to its lineup of free online courses through the Open Textbook Challenge. Each author will receive $20,000, and the textbooks are available through a creative commons license.
Internet2's new cloud partnership hopes to kick-start collaboration and shared research across higher ed institutions nationwide--and globally.
The State University of New York will adopt a single platform for online learning in an effort to manage costs.