Monday, October 31, 2011

A Good Week for #OpenClass

It's hard to believe that Educasue was only just last week. I have to say this past week was a good one for OpenClass.

The response from schools around the world, from the community, and from the press has been terrific, beyond our expectations. Googling OpenClass brings back links to ongoing coverage from the Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, US News, TMC Net, ZDNet and many others. We were covered in the financial press too, by Forbes, the Mötley Fool, MarketWatch, and NPR's Marketplace with Kai Ryssdal. The blogging and twitter communities are following us extensively. We were the buzz of the show at Educause.

So all in all, a good start.

More than 1000 Google Apps institutions have already activated the OC for their domains through the GoogleApps Marketplace. Several campuses are considering wider adoptions and I'm confident we will soon be able to announce the first campus to adopt OpenClass as their institutional choice.

The challenge now is to maintain momentum and build the trust of the community through effective and open communication. We have a great core of leaders who have gotten us this far and we hope they will help us as we expand and round out the core feature set, build out the exchange, integrate a broad array of technology and content partners and grow.

In the next couple of weeks we will be opening a common instance of OpenClass we are calling OpenClassU. I'm hoping to move the design discussions to a set of classes there, where we can use the tool we are building out together to share ideas and learn from one another.

Would you have interest in an invitation to an OpenClassU?