The Battle For Openness In The LMS Market

Matt Crosslin, EduGeek Journal, Nov 07, 2011
Commentary by Stephen Downes

In the world of the LMS, there are different kinds of openness, as this post makes clear. There's the openness in the sense that the source code is open source software, openness in the sense that content may be freely imported and exported, and openness in the sense that the system may be accessed from outside the system. So which sort of 'open' is Pearson's new open LMS? There have been some tantalizing mock-ups or screen shots, but the questions remain unanswered. Matt Crosslin asks, "What about those instructors that don’t want to use Google services? What about those courses that use specific web tools for specific reasons based on the specifics of the field they are in? How hard will it be to plug in embed codes or APIs from non-Google services?" Good questions all.
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