E-Learning & LMS

Novachi Releases Free Online LMS and SIS

A start-up company in California has launched a new, free, combined learning management system and student information system that intends to take on major competitors in the K-12 space.

Cognite 3.5 Moves to Android, Integrates Plagiarism Detection

Follett Software has released Cognite 3.5, an update to the company's learning management system, expanding support for state and national standards and adding integration with Turnitin.

ETG Launches Free Project Management Site for Teachers

Newcomer Enter The Group has launched a hosted service designed to bring groups of teachers and students together to manage classroom projects.

Blackboard Launches Free Web-Based Course Platform

Blackboard has launched a free hosted course management service. The system, CourseSites is an online platform that enables faculty members to set up Web-based class sites where they can post course materials, communicate with students, encourage collaboration, monitor performance, and manage grades.

Global Grid for Learning Brings Media Library to Joule LMS

Global Grid for Learning, a unit of Cambridge University Press, is teaming up with Moodlerooms to provide access to a digital media repository through the joule learning management system.

New LMS from Instructure Goes Open Source

A Utah-based company has fired a warning shot across the bow of learning management system (LMS) companies, including market leader Blackboard, with the announcement that it's turning its new LMS into open source. Instructure has publicly released the source code to its Canvas learning management system, which was launched in 2010.

Desire2Learn Backs Away from Customer Lawsuit

Nine days after filing a civil suit against a statewide network of colleges and universities that had chosen an alternative learning management system (LMS) from a new competitor, Desire2Learn has backed away from its legal protest.

PreK-12 Dominates Growth in E-Learning

By 2015, preK-12 academic institutions in the United States will spend nearly $5 billion on electronic learning products and services like learning management systems, according to research released this week. That represents a compound annual growth rate of 16.8 percent from current spending levels, outpacing every other segment, including higher education. The proliferation of online learning is helping to drive that growth, but just how much of it will we see over the next five years?

Blackboard Mobile Learn 2.0 Embraces Multimedia, Gets Threaded Discussions

Blackboard has released a major update to its cross-platform mobile learning management system, Mobile Learn 2.0. The new version expands the types of content users can create via their mobile devices and also offers an enhanced UI and support for some Angel and WebCT customers.

An Education in Open Source

At Maryland's Chelsea School, free and open source software is helping deliver services to the school's elementary students inside the classroom and out--from audio editing software to learning apps for special needs students to course management. In fact, open source so permeates Chelsea that some students are even working to contribute code back to the open source development community.