MindWires Newsletters

Looking Ahead to the New Year

Like Southwest Airlines baggage, it’s great to reconnect after a few weeks apart. Happy New Year! After a fateful 2022 coming to a close, it’s time to look ahead to 2023: including upcoming changes to the newsletter, upcoming reports, and EdTech themes to watch. LMS Higher Ed Year-End 2022 Report As noted in our previous […]

The Long Tail: Updates on Cypher Learning / NEO LMS

We’re trying out a different email service provider to improve the usability of our service, and this newsletter is part of our testing. I would say tell us if you haven’t received this newsletter, but then again you wouldn’t see that message. How about this: let us know any feedback you have on this email, […]

Sakai Virtual Conference Notes

This year we’ve already shared notes from Anthology Together in Orlando (for Blackboard Learn), InstructureCon Online (for Canvas), D2L Fusion in Boston (for Brightspace), and MoodleMoot Global (for Moodle). Today we’re going to add notes from Sakai Virtual Conference 2022. For dozens of readers . . . we’ll see. Decline and Survival of Sakai Understanding a […]

Updates To LMS News Around Educause 2022

We’re approaching the end of the year and the annual LMS Market Analysis report, and the recent coverage of LMS vendor news around the Educause Conference has generated some useful conversation and feedback. Let’s do some updates. Correction – UNED Not On Moodle In the public blog post I initially described the Open LMS win at UNED, […]

LMS Vendor Notes From Educause 2022

I recently attended both the WCET and Educause conference in subsequent weeks in Denver, which was nice given that my youngest daughter lives there. Honey, pack the dog – we’re going on a road trip! Jeanette joined me for Educause, which used to be THE EdTech conference, and the LMS market news tended to coincide […]

MoodleMoot Global Conference Notes

July is typically the busiest month for LMS user conferences, and we’ve already shared notes from Anthology Together in Orlando (for Blackboard Learn), InstructureCon Online (for Canvas), and D2L Fusion in Boston (for Brightspace). Today we’re going to add notes from MoodleMoot Global in Barcelona (for Moodle). Dealing With The Obvious Issue Let’s admit it – […]

K-12 Market Consolidation: The Itslearning Departure

Thanks to Justin Menard and his LISTedTECH team’s alert eyes (or more precisely, their massive use of alerts), we are seeing how North American K-12 school districts are handling the departure of another LMS option. This year Edmodo pulled out of the LMS market with the exception of bundled nationwide deals outside of North America, and we are also seeing the […]

Clarifications On Ohio Room Scanning Case

I had debated whether to weigh in on the recent Ohio court case about room scanning, initially planning to wait until the case was closed, but an email marketing campaign I received changed my mind. There are some important clarifications about the case that are important for colleges and universities to understand. The Case and […]

D2L Fusion Conference Notes

July is typically the busiest month for LMS user conferences, and over the past few weeks we’ve attended Anthology Together in Orlando (for Blackboard Learn), InstructureCon Online (for Canvas), and D2L Fusion in Boston (for Brightspace). Today’s newsletter will focus on D2L Fusion.  D2L Fusion Context D2L Fusion, held July 20-22nd in Boston, was an interesting, upbeat […]

InstructureCon Conference Notes

Dear LMS Market Analysis Subscribers, July is typically the busiest month for LMS user conferences, and over the past few weeks we’ve attended Anthology Together in Orlando (for Blackboard Learn), InstructureCon Online (for Canvas), and D2L Fusion in Boston (for Brightspace). Today’s newsletter will focus on InstructureCon, to be followed by D2L Fusion later this week […]

Anthology Together (Bb Learn) Conference Notes

Dear LMS Market Analysis Subscribers, July is typically the busiest month for LMS user conferences, and over the past few weeks we’ve attended Anthology Together in Orlando (for Blackboard Learn), InstructureCon Online (for Canvas), and D2L Fusion in Boston (for Brightspace). The nature of user conferences has changed over the years, as vendors often used […]

About The HBCUv LMS . . . Or Course Exchange . . . Strategy

There has been a lot of chatter about the effort of nine Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), led by the United Negro College Fund (UNCF), to develop a new online platform called HBCUv (the v is for virtual). There was a flurry of reporting in March when the news was released, but most of […]