Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Classroom technology alert: Some profs consider free blogs better alternative to commercial coursepages
Most law profs who maintain coursepages use either Westlaw's TWEN product or LexisNexis's Blackboard. Well, some undergraduate profs who also use Blackboard are questioning whether blogs can more efficiently perform the same functions as the stuff made by the big boys.
[F]ree blogging software — the same kind that popular gadflies use for entertainment sites . . . can save colleges money. [In addition], by using blogs, professors can open their students' work to the public, not just to those in the class who have a login and password to a campus course-management system. Open-source blog software, supporters say, also gives professors more ability to customize their online classrooms than most commercial course-management software does.
Here's a video that explains it all:
Will TWEN and Blackboard go the way of Chrysler and GM? Only time will tell.
Read the whole story here.
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