Blackboard is not even an option anymore.   Well sort-of:   I found this post when taking up Matt's suggestion and looking at Canvas:

p.s. one of my requirements is the SSO with Google Apps, and while it looks like there is GA integration, it doesn't look like a single sign-on.

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On Fri, Mar 30, 2012 at 10:04 AM, Steve Cavrak <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

On Mar 30, 2012, at 9:31 AM, Raymond Ballou wrote:

I still think facebook is missing out, they should have a domain as a LMS where schools can opt in and pull students into classes using their existing accounts.

Facebook, Twitter, Google+

Or vice versa. Facebook, Google, and Twitter (among others) all have "login API's" … that allows a 3rd-party site to allow you to sign in for comments … and more. You've seen bits and pieces of this with even the Burlington Free Press - if you are logged into Facebook in one browser window, BFP will tell you what your friends have been doing here !!! This is a fundamental property of the Facebook "user graph" approach … 

Generically, the login process is usually based on something called OpenAUTH (or a close competitor, OpenID, …)


We will all be partial to the LMS's we have familiarity with or we might discount them in favor of greener pastures.
(for some a strength, for others a weakness depending on their needs). scalpel v Swiss Army knife

Blackboard ? 

Did I misread the thread, but was Blackboard (clearly the number 1 LMS) get skipped in the evaluation matrix. Granted I don't know many people who like Bb, but CIO types dig it :)



My personal favorite, at least conceptually, is elgg … … and at … it's an open source "social networking engine" … it sounds like a slightly more mature version of the api, app, plugin model of chamillo … ELGG was conceived as a tool allowing individuals to build their own "personal learning environment" …