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Has anyone been exploring this yet?  Any impressions?  It would seem we have another player in the realm of software/services that could be used as a psuedo-LMS (at least for providing course content).  My first reaction would be less than enthusiastic… but I'm admittedly fairly Facebook-averse (on a personal level, at least.) 

Interested in the experiences and wisdom of the group.


Michael D. Erickson
Associate Vice President / CIO
Technology & Computing Services
Emporia State University

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It appears many of us are considering alternatives to our "heavy" LMS systems which are in place today. At Saint Peter's College we are using Blackboard and are about to upgrade to version 9.1 under a virtual environment.

However, I have been looking at alternatives to Blackboard. Since are College has moved from Exchange to Gmail for students, staff and faculty, we are currently exploring Google/Pearson's "Open Class".-

Another highly recommended free LMS to consider is "CourseKit" - Here are some videos:to give you an overview.

I would be interested in knowing if other Colleges/Universities are exploring these alternatives and how they feel about moving to a free cloud-based LMS.

Dale Hochstein
CIO, Saint Peter's College, 104 Glenwood Avenue, Jersey City, NJ, 07306, W-201-761-7827,

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Audrey Watters has blogged about this albeit in a way that's hard to parse (she's usually crystal clear): I haven't made up my mind about it. However, if it helps students realize that academic experiences can (and should often) be social experiences than it can't all be bad. Luke

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