Instructure, a course-management software company, announced that it would make most of its software platform available for free under an open-source license. The company could offer new competition for Moodle and Sakai, the two leading open-source platforms.
On the company's blog, it describes itself this way: "We are Instructure, and our goal is to disrupt the Learning Management System (LMS) market by setting a new standard for education technology. We’re all about openness, usability, communication, and reliability."
Instructure intends to make money from colleges by supporting, hosting, and extending its software. The company’s Canvas platform allows instructors and students to manage course materials, grades, and discussions online.
The company claims it has contracts with 25 colleges and, in late 2010, the company won a bid to provide software to a group of Utah colleges serving about 110,000 students. Desire2Learn filed a lawsuit after their competing bid was rejected, but the suit was quickly withdrawn.
It is anniversary day at Serendipity35. My first post here was on February 2, 2006.
It was called "Why Serendipity35?" and it was more of a test than a post. It explained the name choice, but even the idea of blogging was more of an experiment in using some open source blogging software than it was an interest in being a blogger.
I needed something to demo for a
workshop that Tim Kellers and I were doing at NJIT on blogs, wikis and podcasting. Those were all pretty new things on campuses back then.
The blogging was more enjoyable than I expected and I continued after the workshops.
After a few weeks, the blog started to gather itself around the idea of technology and learning which made sense as I was then the Manager of Instructional Technology at NJIT.
And now it has been five years and 1,152 posts in 22 categories later.
I don't know the actual grand total of hits but it's more than seven million. The number of visitors is down the past year over previous years. Blogs are perhaps less popular or maybe there are just too many of them. But there are still over 100,000 hits each month the past year, so there are other readers like you.
The "long tail" effect is still in place though - older posts still have the most visitor hits. Even that slight first post has had over 24,000 visits.
The Top 10 (and certainly not the ones I would vote for as the best) are:
I left NJIT at the end of 2007 and moved to Passaic County Community College into a less-tech more-learning position. Tim is still at NJIT, but he moved the blog from NJIT's servers to one of his own servers.
That long tail is so long that I sometimes find myself writing a post and then realizing that I had already written about it a few years ago.