Learning Management Systems (LMS)


Campus Wide Clicker Implementation: A Faculty Choice

Iowa Central Community College implemented student response systems campus wide this fall. The initiative originated from the interests of faculty, and the college has kept faculty choice as the key factor in the deployment and use of the clickers in any course or program. Here, CT asks Jennifer Condon, the dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences, about the progress of the clicker initiative and lessons learned.

Video Tool Adds Integration with Blackboard Learn

Students using Blackboard Learn can now view high definition video from the LMS on their PC and Mac computers or mobile devices running iOS.

Pearson Adds Mobile App, Social Media Integration to OpenClass

Pearson will be showcasing three solutions this week at Educause 2012 designed to foster personalized education and access to Open Educational Resources (OER).

Desire2Learn Expands Support for Web Conferencing, Captioning

Desire2Learn has unveiled new capabilities for its flagship learning platform, including integration with several collaboration, communication, and accessibility tools.

Blackboard Updates Student Interface in Learn Service Pack 10

Blackboard checked in with 600 students through focus groups and interviews, surveys, and usability testing to come up with a number of new features that appear in the latest service pack update of its learning management system. Likewise, the company said it also worked with 600 educators to refine Blackboard Learn SP10.



Blackboard Debuts Cloud-Based Learning Object Repository

Blackboard has started beta testing a new LMS-agnostic, cloud-based learning object repository, xpLor. Seventy-two K-12 schools, colleges, and universities have joined the beta program as of Nov. 5.

Merger of Jasig and Sakai Approved by Membership Vote; Intent To Form 'Apereo' by Early 2013

After more than two years of deliberation, the memberships of two of the highest-profile organizations producing open source software for the higher education marketplace have voted to go ahead with their long-considered merger. Sakai and Jasig will merge and become "Apereo" by early 2013.

Desire2Learn LMS Update Streamlines Use, Encourages Video and Audio Additions

Desire2Learn has launched the first new release of its flagship learning management system (LMS) application suite following the infusion of an $80 million investment into the company.

Instructure Creates Free 'Canvas Network' for Online Courses

Instructure has launched a new platform to let users of the learning management system Canvas create online courses--both open and private. The service, Canvas Network, is being made available free to Canvas users.

Solano Community College Deal Continues Use of Pearson eCollege

A community college in Northern California has struck a deal with Pearson to provide the institution with free use of the vendor's learning management system and charge a flat fee to students for use of digital content and courses