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IT Services Partners with Blackboard on Moodle Connector

This news item expired November 10, 2008. It may contain out-of-date information.
At the annual EDUCAUSE conference in Orlando, Blackboard Inc. announced a partnership with Iowa State to build a Learning Environment Connector that will link Blackboard's course management system (CMS) to the open-source Moodle CMS.

Blackboard is the leading CMS provider to educational institutions around the world; their products include WebCT, the centrally supported CMS at Iowa State. Moodle is an open-source CMS growing in popularity across the country.

Many institutions, including Iowa State, are seeing small Moodle deployments in departments on campus, which effectively requires students in those departments to log into two separate CMSs to access all of their coursework. The Moodle Learning Environment Connector will bring Moodle coursework and functionality into Blackboard's product, allowing students to access all of their coursework via a single login.

The Moodle Connector is part of the next version of Blackboard's software, yet to be released. According to Blackboard's press release, the Moodle Connector will be provided at no cost to the Blackboard user community (http://www.blackboard.com/company/press/release.aspx?id=1218153). A similar connector for the Sakai open-source CMS is being developed at Syracuse University.

Iowa State's project team consists of Randy Dalhoff and Pete Boysen of IT Services, who have been working on this effort over the past six weeks. A majority of the work on the Moodle Connector has already been completed. Several news releases regarding this project are available online, including The Chronicle of Higher Education (http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/) and other educational publications.