Dear Commons Community,
I have been in San Jose since Tuesday attending the Emerging Technologies for Online Learning Symposium. There have been a number of fine presentations. The one I enjoyed the most was a panel discussion on The Future of Learning Management Systems. The panel included college faculty and representatives from industry (Blackboard, Desire2 Learn, BeehiveMind, and Moodle). For the most part the panelists were supportive of the future of LMSs mainly because they all foresee significant growth in the use of online technology in teaching and learning. One of the most provocative exchanges centered on whether open LMS software is really free and that the indirect/intangible costs can be quite significant. Below are the URLs for two previous posts on this blog related to the Blackboard CMS.