Last month (Oct. 13th), Pearson launched OpenClass, a free and full featured Learning Management System.  The great thing about it is that it is fully integrated with Google Apps, and it is free for Google App Education Edition.  This means that it is free for all educational institutions.  Instructors & students can access their courses from their familiar gmail page, and viceversa; as well as google docs and other apps available through the google marketplace.  What does it mean to us?  Alternatives to Blackboard? Will Blackboard change its business model? Will CUNY institutions be exploring this powerful and interesting alternative?

OpenClass is a new kind of self-service learning management system (LMS) delivered from the Cloud. It is easy to use and completely free. There are no hardware, licensing or hosting costs, thus enabling widespread adoption of new learning approaches that encourage interaction within the classroom and around the world.

Source: http://www.pearson.com/media-1/announcements/?i=1487

One aspect I like is the fact that a great percentage of students are familiar with google apps, email, docs, etc; hence the learning curve will be very minimal.

Here is more info: http://www.joinopenclass.com

What do you think?

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