Yesterday I was listening to NPR in the background while at home grading midterms and I heard about OpenClass and how Google was teaming up with Pearson for its launch. This is very exciting. OpenClass will launch (date TBA) through Google Apps for Education and will compete with Blackboard. It will be a course-management system with advanced social networking and community-building, and an open architecture that will allow instructors to import whatever material they want, from e-books to YouTube videos.
Take a look at this article posted in the Chronicle titled, “Pearson and Google Jump Into Learning Management With a New, Free System”.