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Pearson Launches OpenClass Free Learning Environment

Pearson has launched the beta version of OpenClass. A key component of Pearson’s vision to increase access, achievement, and affordability, OpenClass offers institutions and instructors the ability to engage and interact with their students using the collaborative technologies that students are embracing—at no cost.

OpenClass is a new kind of learning management system (LMS) delivered from the Cloud. It is easy to use and completely free. There are no hardware, licensing, or hosting costs, thus enabling widespread adoption of new learning approaches that encourage interaction within the classroom and around the world.

OpenClass integrates seamlessly with Google Apps for Education and is available in the Google Apps Marketplace, Google’s online storefront for Google Apps products and services. With single sign-on and a unified navigation bar, instructors and students can launch OpenClass from within Google Apps or access their Google applications from OpenClass. Launching OpenClass in the Google Apps Marketplace provides institutions with the easiest path to adoption and an avenue to reach institutions already familiar with the benefits of cloud-based solutions.

Pearson, working closely with its design partners, will rapidly advance the capabilities of OpenClass to leverage the rich data and social foundations of the platform and the ability to release new functionality frequently. Design partners include Abilene Christian University, Arizona State University, Central Piedmont Community College, West Virginia University at Parkersburg, Monash University, Kentucky Community & Technical College System, Rice University, the University of Wisconsin Extension, and Columbia University. Many of these institutions are already teaching courses on OpenClass this fall.

For more information, visit http://www.joinopenclass.com.

Source: Pearson



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