Educational Technology

October 23, 2011

Pearson Answers Pointed Questions About Its New Course System, OpenClass

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Josh Fischman, Chronicle of Higher Ed

When Pearson, the giant education publisher, announced last week that it was launching a free, cloud-based learning management system called OpenClass, the news prompted tough questions from college technology officials. Would this system accommodate other popular software? Who would have control, Pearson or the colleges? Would it be hard to integrate the product, which will be released later this year, with a student information system? Wednesday at Educause, the higher-education technology meeting, Pearson began answering some of those questions—although some of the answers remained a bit vague. In an early-morning statement, it announced partnerships between OpenClass and Turnitin, the popular plagiarism-detection software, and CourseSmart, the e-textbook and digital course materials company.

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