Coursekit is another new LMS, this one developed by students at U. of Pennsylvania who found Blackboard to be “overloaded” and “badly designed” (see: Wired Campus > U. of Pennsylvania Students Build Course-Management Software).
Currently anyone can create an account and can add at least some classes by searching by course number. I joined MATH 104 (Calculus I), just to see if I could (and I could). Course sites seem to consist of 4 sections, Overview, Calendar, Syllabus and Resources. The Overview section of a course site lists upcoming items including lectures, assignments and exams.
There are a lot similarities between this platform and Middlebury’s Course Hub including:
- Personal dashboard of recent activity across classes
- Syllabus section
- Resource section
Coursekit also includes a Calendar section and a Class Wall where class participants can post comments. Clearly the UI is influenced by Facebook. For other earlier reviews of this new platform, see:
- Mashable > College Students Aim to Build a Better Way to Manage Courses
- EduGeek Journal > Another New Blackboard Competitor Arrives: Coursekit