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Open Source Solutions


OLAT 6.3 Expands Learning Resources, Reporting

OLAT, an open source learning management system (LMS), has been updated to version 6.3, expanding various media resources, adding new search capabilities, and enhancing notifications and reporting.

IBM Launches Public Cloud Service

Extending upon the private cloud offerings launched last year, IBM is the latest major player to launch a commercial hosted service.

A Custom Fit

In his line of work, Ahrash Bissell meets with K-12 educators all the time. For most of them, he says, open content sits “just on the edge of their awareness.”

Oracle Plans To Take on Microsoft Office

With its acquisition of Sun Microsystems complete, Oracle intends to go after Microsoft's lucrative Office franchise, the company revealed yesterday. While Oracle had been quiet about its intentions for supporting Sun OpenOffice, the company disclosed plans for a forthcoming upgrade called Oracle Cloud Office during a five-hour briefing at its Redwood Shores, CA headquarters.

Oracle Outlines Sun Integration Plan

With its acquisition of Sun Microsystems completed, Oracle Wednesday laid out its plans for integrating Sun's software and hardware systems into its own product lineup.

Reazon Systems Launches Sakai Module for Student Assessment

Reazon Systems has released a student assessment module that works with the Sakai open source course management system. iRubric for Sakai integrates with Sakai CLE (collaborative learning environment) to perform rubric generation, assessment, and reporting. Users can access the functionality directly from the Sakai gradebook.

Kaltura Releases Video Extension for Moodle and Joomla

Kaltura has released video extensions for both Moodle, an open source course management system, and Joomla, an open source content management platform. The extensions allow site-builders for either application to manipulate video and other rich media on their sites, including content management, syndication, monetization, transcoding, uploading, importing, and editing.

Blackboard, Desire2Learn End Dispute

Blackboard and Desire2Learn have formally ended their three-and-a-half-year legal dispute, a conflict that was triggered when Blackboard received a hotly disputed patent for electronic learning technologies and proceeded to enforce it through litigation against D2L.

Moodlerooms Releases New CMS Based on Moodle

Moodlerooms has released Joule, a new course management system built on Moodle, an open source CMS.

Q&A: iNACOL's Susan Patrick on Trends in eLearning

At last count, there were more than 1 million enrollments in K-12 online schools in the United States. And according to recent research, the number of students taking courses online will jump to more than 10 million in the next five years. But even with this rapid growth (up from zero enrollments in the mid-1990s), online education is only beginning to address the needs of American students. What's standing in the way of even more widespread adoption? What have we learned so far in these early years? And can any of what we've learned be applied in traditional classrooms?

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