LectureShare Updates Free Course Management System

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LectureShare has released an update to its free online course management system at lectureshare.com. New features include enhanced compatibility with common file types, a new student comments feature, and new gradebook functionality.

LectureShare debuted a year ago this month, providing instructors with the ability to upload course materials and manage delivery of those materials to students. Provided free, it's aimed at K-12 schools and colleges and universities that do not have the resources to maintain their own course management systems. Materials uploaded to the system can be viewed both by students and by the public.

Included in the latest round up updates to the system is a new document viewing feature made possible through a partnership with Scribd, a document sharing service. The partnership provides users the ability to view documents directly within the LectureShare environment, rather than having to download the documents and view them in a separate application. It includes support for a wide range of file types, including some of the newer formats like .docx, .pptx, and .xlsx.

The new version of LectureShare also adds a comment system to allow students to post comments to teachers to help facilitate communications.

Finally, beginning Aug. 25, LectureShare will also include a new gradebook system to help instructors manage grades online and provide students with the ability to view grades and track progress.

Further information can be found here.

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About the author:David Nagel is the executive editor for 1105 Media's online education technology publications, including THE Journal and Campus Technology. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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