Instructure has formally launched a new tool that allows users to add third-party extensions to its flagship LMS, Canvas, with a single click.
Mozilla's Open Badges initiative has received the official nod from educational technology company Blackboard, which has integrated digital badges into its learning management systems Blackboard Learn and CourseSites.
Online video platform developer ShareStream has unveiled Version 2.0 of its video tool that integrates with the open-source Sakai Collaborative Learning Environment (CLE). The ShareStream Video Tool is available now.
Video capture and management provider Panopto has enhanced its integration with Instructure's Canvas learning management system with the intent of enhancing ease-of-use for students, teachers, and IT administrators who use video capture and streaming.
ConnectEdu will integrate CoursEval, its online course evaluation software with, Canvas, Instructure's open, cloud-based learning management system.
Blackboard has collaborated with Vital Source Technologies to launch a pilot program to test e-textbook integration with its Blackboard Learn learning management system.
Moodle HQ has released Moodle 2.5, a major update to the widely distributed open source learning management system.
Jenzabar has released the newest version of its learning management system, Jenzabar eLearning (formerly eRacer), with synchronous collaboration tools and the ability to grade from within discussion forums.
A new initiative to encourage development of Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) applications for education will reward developers with "bounty" money. The program is sponsored by a group of education technology vendors and the IMS Global Learning Consortium.
A university study comparing learning management systems has concluded that the latest crop of learning management systems evaluated have made "significant progress" since the assessments started in 2005. However, one of the report's authors noted, "We believe much more needs to be done."