Blackboard has released an upgrade to CourseSites, a free online course system, which includes support for six languages, and other new features.
Echo360 is embedding its lecture capture EchoSystem portal for multimedia course materials within open source learning management system Moodle 1.9 and 2.0.
Desire2Learn has released an update to its flagship e-learning platform, Desire2Learn Learning Suite, with a new emphasis on integrated social networking tools--such as Google+ and Facebook--and improvements in the areas of assessment, grading, and assessment tracking.
Trivantis has released a new version of its CourseMill Learning Management System, which allows for increased customization and searching.
iLinc has released a new version of its presentation software that integrates with Moodle.
Florida's Nassau County School District is adopting the RM Learning Platform with funds obtained through a recent Race to the Top grant.
The next version of Instructure's cloud-based and on-premises learning management system (LMS) will include a new messaging feature that replaces the standard LMS inbox. The company is also readying a mobile edition specifically for students.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Which open source learning management systems are right for K-12? Which districts are using them? And what has the experience been compared with commercial alternatives? THE Journal offers this overview of both popular and emerging LMS options for K-12 technology decision makers.
- By Natasha Wanchek
At the Campus Technology 2011 conference, happening this week in Boston, Moodlerooms and Cengage Learning revealed a new partnership that will allow the companies' learning tools to interact and bring new integration features to the open source learning management system Moodle.
Worldwide, the growth of electronic learning technologies and services is slowing. But the growth in K-12 electronic learning in the United States will continue in the double digits at least through 2015, according to a revised e-learning forecast released this week.