Yesterday at the Baltimore Moot I participated in an extended look at xpLor, Moodlerooms and Blackboard’s slick content repository and activity tool which allows you to create once and distribute to one or more courses, sites or even different learning management systems all using Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) as a common framework.
The system has integrated all of the Khan Academy content as a starting point and it has been tagged and categorized based on subject area, grade level and common core standard ready for k-12 teachers to use it in their courses. Once out of beta though there’s hope that this platform will become a trove of valuable content, quizzes, assignments and resources created and shared by the community of teachers using the platform.
Below is a general breakdown of the Freemium vs Paid versions of the platform.
- Assignment (limited to online text only)
- Quizzes (limited)
- Discussions (limited)
- No file upload
- more limited object repository
No dates or pricing have been published, but our guide through the platform for 2 hours, Marcelo Mendes of Moodlerooms, suggested that the Blackboard/Moodlerooms customer launch (it’s currently just a limited beta) was imminent and that a more general Moodle community launch should come sometime in the future. While details are light about the launch dates, Blackboard and Moodlerooms have been building up the web presence of the tool.
Read more at: http://www.blackboard.com/sites/xplorinfo/index.html
Checkout the newest xpLor video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Muy4kAt2OSI