The CN software system has the potential to radically improve teaching and learning outcomes for students across the globe. CN World is a new nonprofit 501(C)(3) organization, founded in 2022 to offer free and open CN software tools and services to teachers and students around the world, with its initial free offering to schools in developing nations. CN World is committed to bridging the digital divide and ensuring equal access to high-quality educational technology tools for students and teachers all over the world.
CN World’s free educational software offerings are developed by CourseNetworking (CN), including the CN Learning Management System (LMS) and CN ePortfolio. Both tools are cloud-hosted with CN LMS providing a venue for teachers to teach and facilitate their courses online, and for students to use CN ePortfolio to highlight their accomplishments and showcase their learning.
CN LMS’s competitive advantage is its built-in features that promote social learning and incentivize learners to participate in learning activities with peers outside of their classroom. All students, in any course and in any country, may participate in collaborative learning activities using the unique CN Post tools.
CN World’s revenue model will not be based on income through advertisements, nor will it rely on selling its members’ data for profit. For its long-term revenue model, CN World will rely on individual CN user donations, modeled after the successful business model of Wikipedia. For the initial launch of the company and to cover short-term operation costs, CN World is seed-funded by some of the founders of the CourseNetworking LLC, as well as individual donors, philanthropic fund corporations, and corporate sponsorships.
In addition to providing free software tools and hosting services, CN World offers pedagogical, technical and help desk support to its licensed institutions.