Online Learning Update

October 20, 2011

Blackboard Announces Creative Commons Collaboration to Enable Opening of Course Content

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:04 am

by Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed

Under the partnership with Creative Commons, Blackboard instructors will be invited to tag their course content with different licenses that indicate exactly how others can use it. Instructors will then have the option of sharing the course on Twitter or Facebook. The company is also working to make the licensed course content more visible to public search engines, so that it can be discovered more easily by instructors searching the Web for free course content. Blackboard’s announcement this morning comes on the heels of the release by Pearson, the e-learning company, of a new LMS product that colleges can download through the Google store for free. A number of observers have speculated that the new offering, called OpenClass, could spell the beginning of the end for Blackboard Learn, which can cost institutions hundreds of thousands of dollars per year in licensing fees.

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