How people actually use Blackboard, according to Blackboard

Bryan Alexander

I wonder if that holds true across other LMS tools (Moodle, Sakai, Canvas, etc). How do instructors and learners use learning management systems? Blackboard shared some interesting stats about what people actually do with their LMS.

Hoping to Spur 'Learning Engineering,' Carnegie Mellon Will Open-Source Its Digital-Learning Software


In an unusual move intended to shake up how college teaching is done around the world, Carnegie Mellon University today announced that it will give away dozens of the digital-learning software tools it has built over more than a decade—and make their underlying code available for anyone to see and modify. If it takes off, the effort could result in a free, open-source alternative to a growing number of commercial adaptive-learning and learning analytics tools aimed at colleges.

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Beware Edtech’s Equivalent of the Flashlight App


The five most popular LMSs (Moodle, Blackboard, Canvas, D2L and Sakai), which account for more than 90 percent of the market share in higher education, are all designed based on a 10-year-old standard called the Learning Tools Interoperability (or LTI) standard. And that’s what many products have started doing, including in-class live response tools, Q&A tools, assignment and grading tools. So, think of the LMS as an OS and these tools as the apps.

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How Social Media Encourages Plagiarism (and Six Ways You Can Fight It)


Record their educational workflow with tools such as Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive, and TechSmith Relay. Unicheck, specifically, is compatible with Canvas , Google Classroom, Moodle , Schoology , Sakai, NEO LMS and Blackboard. Has the ubiquity of social media given plagiarism new life? Whether or not the Internet is to blame, plagiarism seems to have become more socially acceptable across grade levels.

Some Lessons Learned Supporting OER Adoption

Iterating Toward Openness

We manually rebuilt each course half a dozen times or more, in Blackboard, Sakai, Canvas, and other systems. Its editing tools are so easy to use that your grandmother probably has a blog (by some estimates over 20% of all sites on the web run on WordPress).

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Open, Value-Added Services, Interaction, and Learning

Iterating Toward Openness

And of course, Instructure (Canvas), Moodle Pty Ltd (Moodle), Longsight (Sakai), and other companies provide for-fee, value-added services around Learning Management Systems hosting and support.

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