A recently formed start-up company called Instructure has released a new learning management system, or LMS, as a competitor to the well-known Blackboard—and today, the company has announced that it has moved to an open-source platform, making it free for schools to use.
Currently, about 26 education institutions, including one K-12 district, have signed contracts with Instructure, and about 100 more are being evaluated. The company touts itself as an alternative to Blackboard and the other systems on the market, such as Moodle, which is also open source, and Desire2Learn.
What do you think? Is the education technology market ready for another LMS alternative? Is more competition a good thing?
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A version of this news article first appeared in the Digital Education blog.