I was invited by someone (who knows who?) to join Nofomedia, which is a free and stupid-easy course management system built like a social networking tool. I have spent about 10 minutes looking at this since I have a ton of other things I have to do after the Computers and Writing trip– unpack, mow the lawn, get caught up with my classes, laundry, shopping, etc.– but I have to say this looks pretty compelling to me.
I think the biggest challenge/problem these folks are likely to have is the same problem/challenge that any software that isn’t the “official”software option of an institution is likely to have. But it’s definitely worth checking out.