By Dian Schaffhauser
Blackboard’s CourseSites is wooing additional institutions to its free learning management offering to run their massive open online courses (MOOCs). During the company’s annual conference it announced that 15 colleges and universities will be trying out their MOOCs through the learning management system (LMS). Under the agreement, according to a statement, the schools retain control of all “current and future revenue associated with MOOCs,” whether those are offered for pay or for credit. Blackboard also said it would allow Blackboard Learn customers to run a hosted instance of the flagship LMS to manage their MOOCs as well.
Most of the institutions experimenting with CourseSites to support MOOC activity will run their courses this summer and fall and those will be free. Some institutions — such as Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies — will offer credit to participants who complete the courses.
Among the new offerings that appear in the CourseSites MOOC catalog are:
- Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University on “The Human Factor in Aviation“;
- Montgomery College with “Get Ready for College English“;
- National University of Ireland Galway on “Planning Change and Innovation“;
[ Full article available at Campus Technology: http://campustechnology.com/Articles/2013/07/10/Blackboard-Pushes-LMS-Platforms-for-MOOC-Use.aspx ]