Google’s New Learning Managment System (LMS)?

Over the past couple of years I’ve been waiting, wondering if Google would step forward and provide an interesting alternative to the lineup of LMSs and CMSs. It seems all the elements were there in the Google suite of tools, we just needed a nice wrapper to put it all together…

Google Apps has been ‘growing up’ over the past year or so and I have been watching and hoping. In recent months the Google Apps team has made significant steps toward the higher education and k-12 arena. The announcement by Google at Educause in October 2006 along with a very successful implementation at Arizona State University, and most importantly, the recent inclusion of Google Sites into the lineup provide a promising glimpse at what Google may be able to offer in the way of a Learning management system. I and my colleagues here at Indiana University are currently conducting a comparative evaluation and exploring the use of Google Apps for educational use.

I can’t help but wonder if, or in what ways, Google Apps will compete with Indiana University implementation of Sakai, their community source learning management system?

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