Collaboration & Web 2.0


Eduventures Publishes Report on Learning Management Systems

Blackboard excels in "playing well" with the enterprise resource planning and student information systems in a school but its ability to "scale seamlessly" is middling. D2L's Brightspace "integrates with (nearly) everything," but the product roadmap is little influenced by its customers' requests. The Canvas platform from Instructure "meets or exceeds" the core requirements from the "vast majority" of colleges and universities, but its training and support relies heavily on its own community of customers. Those are just a few of the findings from the 2016 report on learning management systems, published this week by education advisory firm Eduventures for its clients.

Instructure and Echo360 To Get Tighter Integration for Student Activity Reporting

A company that synchronizes video and audio course presentations has committed to a deeper partnership with Instructure, which produces the Canvas learning management system.

Stanford's PERTS Taps Private Partner To Spread Growth Mindset

Stanford University's Project for Education research That Scales has partnered with ClassDojo in an effort to bring "growth mindset" to millions of students across the country.

New Blackboard CEO Bill Ballhaus Reflects on His First Weeks at the Helm

Ballhaus likes what he sees at the company he now leads, especially the breadth of its offerings and its capabilities.

New OER-Based Learning Platform Provides Alternative to Traditional Textbooks

PanOpen is tackling the textbook affordability challenge with a new learning platform based exclusively on open educational resources.



Colorado Technical University Revamps Mobile App

Students at Colorado Technical University can connect with their school, track grades and degree progress in real time, and participate in their courses any time, anywhere, all through a mobile device.

Inspiring Innovation in Competency-Based Education

The application of competency-based education in U.S. higher education is uneven: Some programs are just starting up; others are firmly rooted and flourishing as they serve today's non-traditional students. Will we soon see the kind of innovation in CBE that will ultimately contribute to widespread, mainstream implementations?

Blackboard Builds Out Learn SaaS Line

The world's largest vendor of learning management systems has expanded its software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings.

Cengage Launches Instructor Competition To Highlight Digital Assignments

Cengage Learning has launched the Make it Count instructor video contest in an effort to recognize teachers who improve student engagement through use of technology.

Turnitin Unveils Writing Revision Tool

Turnitin has launched Revision Assistant, a new tool designed to give students immediate and actionable feedback on their writing.

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