For the past several years, in preparation for our Learning Analytics Conference (this year in Leuven, Belgium, registration is now open), we’ve been running an open online course on learning analytics. During this time, I’ve used Moodle and gRSShopper (the system Stephen Downes developed and that we’ve used for all of our joint MOOCs).
As I’m currently writing a book on the future of higher education and open courses, I’m exploring different technologies for use in open courses. Most universities will not join Coursera or edX. LMS providers appear to be recognizing this and are beginning to offer universities software for running their own open online courses. One LMS provider that has been early out of the gate is Instructure. Late last year, they announced Canvas Network. Canvas Network allows universities and faculty members to run MOOCs without having to join an existing provider. This is an important model and one that will give universities greater control over, or at least access to, data as well as helping to develop faculty competence with technology and distributed networked courses.
This year, we’ll be running our Learning Analytics and Knowledge course on Canvas Network. Registration is now open. The course starts Feb 11.