Google takes on Moodle, Blackboard, iTunes U and other MOOC builders by creating its own course builder. Time will tell if it takes hold, and Google is not one to shy away from releasing something only to slam it closed a few years (or months) later. There may be some hesitation to use this simply because of the reputation Google has for closing things they do not deem successes. Also, how does this match with their business model? Will K12 courses have ads for instance?
The tech specs alone (You should be a webmaster) is enough to scare 99.9% of K12 out of the building.
Here is a video about the whole thing:
Course Builder is our experimental first step in the world of online education. It packages the software and technology we used to build our Power Searching with Google online course. We hope you will use it to create your own online courses, whether they’re for 10 students or 100,000 students. You might want to create anything from an entire high school or university offering to a short how-to course on your favorite topic.
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