Are you looking for a Learning Management System (LMS) that could serve as an alternative to Moodle? Look into OpenClass.
You’ll find more information about OpenClass here:
It’s in beta right now. It’s also brought to you by Google and Pearson.
Moodle is quite popular, but takes significant amount of staff commitment to make it work. We’ll see if the same thing will happen in the case of OpenClass.
Why Pearson’s OpenClass Is A Big Deal (mfeldstein.com) — “What is so valuable to Pearson that they are trying so hard to give away something that normally costs real money?”
What does Pearson get out of all this? They potentially get all the data on your students and an iron grip on the point of sale for all curricular content.
Transparency and Pearson’s Free OpenClass LMS: 4 Ideas (Inside Higher Ed) — “Pearson should make the commitment to build out the site with as many documents and materials about OpenClass as possible. Everything from presentations to technical documents.”
How Much Moodle Really Costs… (Interactyx.com) — “For many institutions however the decision to go to an open source platform in lieu of commercially supported product or SaaS is a much larger and more critical decision, and the costs, ramifications, and viable alternatives should be fully explored.”
We need to look more closely at Moodle and TOPYX, as well as OpenClass and Haiku LMS.
Pearson’s Free OpenClass LMS for Google Apps (21apples.org) — “I have just started toying with OpenClass, a free LMS (learning management system) from Pearson, which is a Google Apps for Education tool. It’s quite capable, yet basic at the same time.”
Let’s see what Arvind S. Grover thinks about OpenClass over time.
Pearson’s “Free” LMS (Hackeducation.com) — “Pearson can give away OpenClass in the hopes that schools will go for the up-sell and buy the company’s other offerings.”