I suspect by now you’ve heard about Google Course Builder. It’s the course system that powered the Google Power Search course that Dan Russell put on not long ago.
I spent a few hours figuring it out and seeing how it works. I wanted to share some thoughts with you…
1. It’s complex and requires a good bit of code editing. There’s no nice GUI to change course content, etc. It’s all a pretty big bunch of code.
2. It requires Google App Engine (appspot.google.com) which is not necessarily a bad thing, but could get into $$ if you use too much in the way of computing power for your installation.
3. It’s not terribly robust yet (it’s still in its infancy). It could theoretically work nicely for something like the Google Course, but not sure it’s ready for K-12 (or has much of a use in K-12 unless you were planning a huge MOOC.
It’s fun to play with this stuff, but I’ll likely stick with Haiku for my LMS needs, especially since they recently gave us more users, space. etc.
If you have any questions, let me know.