Blackboard thinks outside the box » Ovum

Last week Blackboard announced that it had acquired open source learning management system (LMS) providers Moodlerooms and NetSpot, and launched the Blackboard Education Open Source Services Group. In addition, Blackboard hired Sakai Foundation board member, Charles Severance, to lead its Sakai initiatives, and extended support for Angel indefinitely. It will support clients using open source technologies in an effort to build on its existing focus of “supporting the entire education experience.” Blackboard’s announcements were unexpected, and with them came some misinformed ranting and raving about how they deliver a blow to the competitive landscape. However, Ovum believes the announcements will enhance the changing higher education market by opening a significant and highly positive chapter in the history of online learning.
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