Blackboard Enters the MOOCs Arena

bb.jpgBlackboard Inc. presents a free, flexible option for running massive open online courses (MOOCs), soon to be available to all Blackboard clients at no extra cost, in a non-exclusive, non-binding manner, thus joining organizations like Coursera and Udacity in the MOOCs domain.

Including a wide range of course management and student engagement features, the tool allows institutions to manage their MOOCs strategy according to their own needs. To support the new MOOCS platform, Blackboard will be taking advantage of some Blackboard Learn features:

  • rule-based learner identifications to find and take various actions on students at scale

  • last name searches to quickly filter through hundreds of students

  • automatic group creation to help large courses "feel smaller" to students

  • mobile applications for Blackboard Learn, which allow students and instructors to access all MOOC content from iPhone, iPad, or Android devices

Blackboard seems to be reacting intensively to major movements in the education arena that attempt to render educational programs more accessible and flexible by spanning them across multiple educational organizations. Not too long ago Blackboard announced xpLor—a platform that helps educators manage content across educational platforms and institutions.
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