Cambridge Business School Moves to Topyx for Learning Platform
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Executive MBA students at the University of Cambridge will be using an application from Interactyx that combines elements of a course management system with social networking. Over the next two years students in Cambridge's Judge Business School will be working with Topyx eLearning.
"We were seeking an eLearning platform that fits with our heritage of fostering collaborative leadership and developing communities of partners," said Simon Learmount, director of the MBA program. "Topyx captures that and we believe will fit properly at Judge Business School. The team at Interactyx was very responsive to our needs and we look forward to growing our relationship."
The software-as-a-service program, first released in February 2009, provides faculty and others with the ability to deliver course material, handle course and student management, perform content management, and set up online communities. On the social networking front, users can be brought together by community, course, and subject. Functionality includes whiteboards, blogs, events, polls, video and audio chat, live chat, shared calendars, and discussion forums. The program is also available for smart phones.
The company said there's no per-seat fee, and implementation is included in the subscription price. Upgrades are also included.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.