Online Learning Update

October 21, 2011

Questions about Pearson OpenClass for Online Learning

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

 by Joshua Kim, Inside Higher Ed Blog U

As of this writing, (10/16 at 1:30pm), no one from Pearson has engaged the IHE community in our discussion about OpenClass. The OpenClass website does not have a place for discussion. Steve Kolowich’s 10/13 article has 15 comments and my blog post on OpenClass from 10/16 has 5. Members of the IHE community raise a number of important questions about OpenClass, questions I’d think that Pearson would want to address. This sort of communication is critical if OpenClass is to thrive, as the marketing and sales channels that support typical higher ed enterprise purchases will not work for Pearson’s OpenClass. A free, high quality LMS may be in the strategic business interest of Pearson (and Google and Microsoft…..), but the yearly licensing costs for an LMS are actually the smallest part of the investment any institution makes in our LMS deployment.

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