Pearson & Google Take Over Blackboard

Google_PlusMuch like Facebook, at Google, the improvements just keep coming. Fresh off the block with Google +, Google is moving into taking the education world by storm.

At IEM, we use Blackboard and Moodle almost all the time. From posting videos, to posting books, articles, information, there are many, many ways we integrate these tools to help get our ideas delivered efficiently, and effectively, to our clients. With the venture piloted by Pearson & Google, they are hoping to bring us the best of both worlds. With a program called Open Class, they just might--yet again--change the world.

Here's an excerpt:
"Today Pearson, the publishing and learning technology group, has teamed up with the software giant Google to launch OpenClass, a free LMS that combines standard course-management tools with advanced social networking and community-building, and an open architecture that allows instructors to import whatever material they want, from e-books to YouTube videos. The program will launch through Google Apps for Education, a very popular e-mail, calendar, and document-sharing service that has more than 1,000 higher-education customers, and it will be hosted by Pearson with the intent of freeing institutions from the burden of providing resources to run it. It enters a market that has been dominated by costly institution-anchored services like Blackboard, and open-source but labor-intensive systems like Moodle."  

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This article originally published in the Chronicle. Read the original article here.