The case for using blogging software instead of course-management systems

June 2, 2009

Talk at a recent event at the City Univeristy of New York focused on using free blogging software to distribute course material and run class discussions rather than course-management system such as Blackboard. The approach would save colleges money and students' work could be open to the public if desired. Open-source blog software gives professors more ability to customize their online classrooms, supporters say. Blackboard has become unpopular at CUNY after a series of technical problems. Despite jabs at Blackboard at the event, many attendees admit that when the CMS works, it is easy to use. The Chronicle of Higher Education (free access)