The University of Oregon needs at least three things to elevate its game in online education: easy-to-use software to present courses, a sure way to proctor exams to eliminate cheating by online students, and a means of judging the quality of an online course, The Register-Guard reports.

Both the UO and Oregon State University are on the verge of replacing their “learning management system” called Blackboard. Blackboard is a website where students log onto course Web pages, whether the courses are offered on campus or online.

“Blackboard is a rickety piece of software,” said Ian McNeely, a UO history associate professor and...

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