2 Universities Turn to the Cloud for Their LMS

Dian Schaffhauser, Campus Technology, Oct 15, 2015
Commentary by Stephen Downes
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My first experience with Blackboard many years ago involved writing a complete ethics course on the hosted platform. The ethics course is long since lost, sadly. And Blackboard became an application universities installed on their own servers. But now we're turning full circle, only today instead of calling it a 'hosted solution' we cal, it a 'cloud application'. Functionally, though, it's pretty much identical. As this aerticle reports, "Taking advantage of a NET+ cloud offering introduced last year by Blackboard. Virginia Commonwealth University and West Virginia's Marshall University, both Blackboard customers, will be tapping into a bundle of services that includes the learning management system (LMS) software, as well as collaboration, content sharing and analytics functionality." I wonder how long it will be before institutions decide gthey want better control over their course content and look to hosting their own 'cloud solution'. Image: Blackboard.

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