Blackboard today introduced Blackboard Ally for Web, a solution for assessing and improving the accessibility of institutions' websites. The tool expands on Blackboard's Ally product (launched last year), which focuses on the accessibility of course materials in learning management systems.
Learning management company D2L has tweaked its learning management system to accommodate professional development management for K–12 teachers as well. In April the company announced a similar offering for the higher education edition of its cloud-based Brightspace platform. Among the features: a dashboard to manage teacher PD and new kinds of assessment support.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Gale has updated its resources to be compliant with Learning Tools Interoperability 1.0 standards and Deep Linking from the IMS Global Learning Consortium. The move enables single sign-on and allows instructors to embed content from their library's Gale collections to into any learning management system that supports the standards, including Blackboard, Canvas, Moodle, Schoology and more.
Google today took the wraps off new security features for its education productivity suite, G Suite for Education, which includes Google Classroom, Docs, Sheets, Slides and a range of other tools.
D2L today unveiled the Autumn17 release of its Brightspace learning management system. The latest features focus on flexibility and streamlined workflows, according to a news announcement.
With the new release, users can access reports on trends, current platform use, curriculum management and student performance.
Blackboard has partnered with OpenEd to integrate its open educational resources (OER) library with its learning management system (LMS) and other solutions.
Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation in Indiana was looking for a tech-enhanced tool centered on teaching, collaboration and assessment, and went through three different learning management systems before settling on one that worked for teachers and students.
A new feature dubbed "blueprint courses" offers templates for teachers to create courses and is designed to simplify management and deployment of centralized content for a consistent user experience among students across multiple courses.
The latest version of the Panopto video management platform now includes integration with Instructure Canvas Gradebook as well as customizable playlists.
- By Dian Schaffhauser