Duke University Launches Open Source Learning Tool Kits

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  • Kits has been developed by Duke University’s Innovation and the Office of Information Technology
  • Presently, eight applications are included on Kits and three more are likely to be added this year

According to a report by IBL news, Duke University has launched a open-source, next-generation digital learning environment called Kits. The report said that Kits has been built with Ruby on Rails (backend framework), React (frontend framework), Grouper (group management), Shibboleth (SSO) and learning tools interoperability (LTI).

The report said that Jolie Tingen, product manager at Duke explained in an article at Educause Review that no monolithic system can provide all learning communities with a completely optimal experience. Tingen added that Learning is maximized when appropriate technologies are used in conjunction with evidence-based pedagogies.

Eight applications are included on Kits

As per the report, Kits features a card for every course and instructors can add apps to their kits. Those apps get automatically shared with everyone in their courses. Kits has been developed by Duke University’s Innovation and the Office of Information Technology. Its alpha version has been released.

Presently, eight applications are included on Kits and three more are likely to be added this year. The report said that learning analytics is also in the road map.

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