Tag Archives: LMS

Bb acquires two large Moodle consultancy firms and former head of Sakai

Well, I would admit to anyone that I didn’t see [this one]() coming. Ray Henderson has just [written](http://www.rayhblog.com/blog/2012/03/evolution-unbound-blackboard-embraces-open-source.html) that Bb has purchased Moodlerooms and and NetSpot. And they have hired Chuck Severance to be an official liason to the Sakai community. Continue reading Bb acquires two large Moodle consultancy firms and former head of Sakai

Social Network Analysis tool for LMS fora

[SNAPP](http://www.snappvis.org/) is an interesting browser bookmarklet that will analyse a forum and build a social graph of the participants, providing a way to model interactions of the forum participants. This is a neat project that feeds into the growing domain of learning analytics. Continue reading Social Network Analysis tool for LMS fora

Apollo Group buys Carnegie Learning for $75M

Apollo Group runs the University of Phoenix, a for-profit that is [taking huge growth](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/27/for-profit-he-costs-surpassed-non-profit-he-costs-for-students/) in the US HE sector, has [announced](http://www.carnegielearning.com/press-room/press-releases/2011-08-02-apollo-group-to-acquire-carnegie-learning/) that it is paying $75 Million to Carnegie Mellon’s Carnegie Learning, formed by researchers at the university in 1998. A very nice pay-off. And Apollo is clearly looking to expand into further math skills remediation in a growing market segment. Continue reading Apollo Group buys Carnegie Learning for $75M

Online students more likely to not complete than f2f students

[The Chronicle](http://chronicle.com/article/Community-College-Students/128281/?sid=wc&utm_source=wc&utm_medium=en) writes about a study from the Community College Research Center at the Teachers College at Columbia University that finds that Community-college students enrolled in online courses fail and drop out more often than those whose coursework is classroom-based. Continue reading Online students more likely to not complete than f2f students

McGraw-Hill makes moves to open to all platforms

Well, we saw [last week](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/14/blackboard-making-ties-with-all-major-academic-textbook-publishers/) major moves in the academic textbook industry where the other four major publishers wrapped it up with McGraw-Hill, who had announced a year ago, that Bb would have an integration point with their “learning platforms”. In what could be a good sign, McGraw-Hill has just [announced](http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/mcgraw-hill-education-is-first-to-provide-universal-access-to-its-digital-content-and-tools-directly-from-any-campus-portal-125740318.html) universal access to its digital content and tools directly from any campus portal. Continue reading McGraw-Hill makes moves to open to all platforms

Blackboard making ties with all major academic textbook publishers

In a pre-calculated move, Blackboard has just released news that it is now making interoperability deals with remaining four of the big five of the US HE textbook market to wrap it all up in a single stance of corporate lockin. I can see the business sense in that, they are drawing their wagons close together to withstand the assaults both groups are facing, one on the assault of [higher fees](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/05/bb-sold-to-providence-for-1-46b/) for the platform, and the other on the [open publishing](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/05/oer/) front. But, as usual, their *public justifications* are weak or even surprising. Continue reading Blackboard making ties with all major academic textbook publishers

Bb is morphing Wimba and Elluminate into new version of Collaborate

Blackboard today announced a new version of its Collaborate software, designed to provide video- and audioconferencing for online classrooms. That means the beginning of the end for two services the company bought last year, Wimba and Elluminate. The company said the new platform combines the best features of both services. In the short run, colleges using Wimba or Elluminate can either continue to use their existing software or shift to the new Collaborate platform at no additional cost. Blackboard plans to gradually phase out the products—it promises support for the current version of Elluminate through December of 2012 and of Wimba Classroom until January of 2014. Continue reading Bb is morphing Wimba and Elluminate into new version of Collaborate

Bb sold to Providence for $1.46B

Well, the bell just rang, and the deal is done. On Friday, Blackboard sold out for $1.46B to Providence Equity Partners. It was [seen](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/24/blackboard-further-into-buyout/) coming; as I said, after Bb announced they were courtable, it was a question of when and how much, not if. But what will this mean for those institutions that have invested and what does it mean for the other horses in the race? And what does it do for elearning in general? Continue reading Bb sold to Providence for $1.46B

Blackboard further into buyout talks with Equity

I wrote [earlier](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/16/blackboard-is-going-to-be-purchased/) about Bb looking like it was going to be purchased. Not a question of if, but, rather when. Well, more news from the [Wall Street Journal](http://on.wsj.com/iFYyMz). They are reporting that [Providence Equity](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Providence_Equity_Partners) is in exclusive talks, they are late round, could be wrapped up by next week, and the offer is around $1.4 Billion. Continue reading Blackboard further into buyout talks with Equity

MOOCs still growing – Natural evolution of Open Courseware?

The first [MOOC](http://ltc.umanitoba.ca/connectivism/?p=53) was created by Dave Comier and Bryan Alexander in 2008. Now there is a new MOOC coming from the University of Illinois – Springfield on the future of education that should be interesting to anyone interested in the modern educational institution. Continue reading MOOCs still growing – Natural evolution of Open Courseware?