OpenClass, at last!
I got the news today, from my good friend Bryan Higgs, that Pearson and Google have teamed up to launch OpenClass, a free content management system for educational use (see news in the Chronicle, October 14, 2011). This is exciting!
I’ve been using Google Sites for the students’ online portfolios and Google Groups for the class forum (now, I’ve switched to Piazza.com), and WordPress for the web sites of the courses I teach. The idea I like the most about the Google+Pearson’s solution is that teaching and learning, when it comes to a supportive system, cannot be unilateral, with the instructor in charge of creating and managing content and activities. Instead, all participants should be engaged in what and how content is created and shared, students and instructor alike.