UT to Transform LMS into Online Marketplace of Courses and Credentials

The University of Texas’s Institute for Transformational Learning, with the help of Salesforce and Salesforce.org, is turning its custom learning platform, TEx, into to an online marketplace of courses and credentials. Students will be able to get real-time feedback and personalized supports services through this platform at all of UT’s fourteen institutions. According the article in Campus Technology, “The new version will track a student’s achievements across institutions through a permanent, blockchain-powered ChainScript that builds a portfolio of credits, competencies, micro-certificates, degrees and other information important for a student’s professional journey.”

The university expects the platform to be operational by as early as Fall 2017. 


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Blackboard to Offer Cloud-Based Version of Learn

Blackboard has announced that it will make available a Cloud (Internet) based version of its Learn LMS. The company also announced that it is developing a plug-in that will make the popular Lynda.com training videos accessible from Blackboard.

Apple to Add Discussion Forums to iTunesU

“Apple will this month continue the gradual expansion of its course management system, iTunes U. In an update expected to roll out around July 8, the company will finally add discussion forums, enabling students and instructors to discuss the course without leaving the app. Instructors will also be able to build courses directly on their iPads without having to use a computer.” 

Does Apple plan to make iTunesU a full-fledged LMS? Stay tuned.

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