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Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness

George Siemens

Since Blackboard announced its acquisition of several Moodle partners, numerous voices have chimed in to explore what it means to education. common response to the longterm impact of these acquisitions has been to link Blackboard’s manoeuvre with the IBM’s transformation into a services company. This comparison is particularly silly because IBM was heavily invested in a hardware field that was being commoditized, whereas Blackboard is a software company (i.e. Blackboard has a history of not knowing what it is. Microsoft). are sound business strategies.

Well Played, Blackboard

George Siemens

While Blackboard is unable to write a press release that includes clear statements like “we have purchased these companies&# , I have to give the company credit for the acquisition of Elluminate (and Wimba). With increased competition and general maturity of the market, Blackboard made what is likely its most important acquisition to date. The learning management system market has become somewhat of a commodity – Blackboard has attempted to hold high market share through acquisitions (notably WebCT and Angel). In the mean time, well played, Blackboard!

Top Ten Learning Management Systems – July Rankings

eLearning 24-7

Sorry Desire2Learn and Blackboard. Couple of Notes: Blackboard – No way they hit the top ten with their platform which is heavily synchronous based built. My bigger issue with Blackboard is on their corporate side – yeah you have multi-tenant, but your platform is still synchronous – which is nearly non-existent in the corporate world. Pricing is high.

This kids, is why hallucinogenics and the internet don’t mix

George Siemens

I had to do a quick double take on this article (first, to determine if it was April 1, anywhere in the world): Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source. This is what I imagine the experience would be like if one dropped hallucinogenics and browsed the web – a feeling of incredulity and weird confusion that can only come from time and reality being featured in a will it blend video. I’m not surprised that Blackboard is interested in openness. Blackboard obviously makes its money from selling their LMS. Blackboard is making a mistake. By far.

#LAK11 analyse your learner/worker interactions with SNAPP to increase #elearning outputs, pedagogy and #performance

Ignatia Webs

SNAPP allows you to transcript interactions in Moodle, Blackboard (and webCT, Desire2Learn into maps that immediately show who is a hyperconnected learner or participant, and who is more of a lurker, or even to pinpoint learners that at the core of the interactions. Here is where SNAPP comes in. Additionally, you can filter out those students that might be good future facilitators.

Instructure: we know. we learn.

George Siemens

In response to a post on this site a few months ago looking at Blackboard’s entry into Moodle hosting, I received an email from Instructure offering to show me their product. It took me about two hours to setup and organize my first course in the platform. is a smooth process by the standars of any LMS. Moodle, an LMS with a low learning curve, feels very clunky in comparison.

Obligatory post: Blackboard and Angel

George Siemens

In talking with faculty and others attending presentations by various LMS vendors, a clear “anything but Blackboard&# view was evident. Disdain for Blackboard is higher than for any other company in the learning technology field. This will, of course, only push adoption of Moodle (and possibly Desire2Learn). University of Manitoba, during a recent LMS review, selected Angel as its new learning management system. BB has announced it is purchasing Angel. And why not? It worked for Microsoft. It might be good for BB, but it’s bad for our industry.

Blackboard Acquires ANGEL Learning - LMS Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Then, on May 6 of last week, Blackboard announced its intent to acquire Indianapolis-based, ANGEL Learning in a deal worth $95 Million, excluding transaction costs. Right now, I want to say a few things about the Blackboard announcement. Blackboard is aquiring ANGEL Learning, who provides enterprise e-learning software to over 400 clients, including 80 corporate clients. Blackboard is by far the dominant player in the education space. In 2005, Blackboard bought an even bigger competitor, WebCT, for $180-million. Why is Blackboard pursuing this deal?

Blackboard Acquires ANGEL Learning - LMS Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Then, on May 6 of last week, Blackboard announced its intent to acquire Indianapolis-based, ANGEL Learning in a deal worth $95 Million, excluding transaction costs. Right now, I want to say a few things about the Blackboard announcement. Blackboard is aquiring ANGEL Learning, who provides enterprise e-learning software to over 400 clients, including 80 corporate clients. Blackboard is by far the dominant player in the education space. In 2005, Blackboard bought an even bigger competitor, WebCT, for $180-million. Why is Blackboard pursuing this deal?

Blackboard Acquires ANGEL Learning - LMS Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Then, on May 6 of last week, Blackboard announced its intent to acquire Indianapolis-based, ANGEL Learning in a deal worth $95 Million, excluding transaction costs. Right now, I want to say a few things about the Blackboard announcement. Blackboard is aquiring ANGEL Learning, who provides enterprise e-learning software to over 400 clients, including 80 corporate clients. Blackboard is by far the dominant player in the education space. In 2005, Blackboard bought an even bigger competitor, WebCT, for $180-million. Why is Blackboard pursuing this deal?

Blackboard Acquires ANGEL Learning - LMS Consolidation Continues

Learning on the Leading Edge

Then, on May 6 of last week, Blackboard announced its intent to acquire Indianapolis-based, ANGEL Learning in a deal worth $95 Million, excluding transaction costs. Right now, I want to say a few things about the Blackboard announcement. Blackboard is aquiring ANGEL Learning, who provides enterprise e-learning software to over 400 clients, including 80 corporate clients. Blackboard is by far the dominant player in the education space. In 2005, Blackboard bought an even bigger competitor, WebCT, for $180-million. Why is Blackboard pursuing this deal?

E-Learning: A worldwide perspective

eLearning 24-7

Well, I have seen a lot with Blackboard, especially in Western Europe – partially because the two other big players Desire2Learn and Instructure, are not marketing themselves in Western Europe and definitely not the rest of the world. A few days ago, I mentioned in my Linkedin group that I was reading the Himalayan Times which had an article about digital technologies and e-learning with education in Nepal. Think about that for a moment, Nepal.  Would you have ever guessed that e-learning would be in Nepal? But there it is for all to see. Italy, Greece, Turkey. Russia.

Harold Jarche » Blackboard Sues D2L over LMS Patent

Learning and Working on the Web

Elgg and the Blackboard LMS Patent

The Learning Circuits

Harold Jarche provides a concise yet powerful defense of the Elgg learning environment against the 44 provisions of the Blackboard LMS Patent in his post Elgg and the LMS Patent.  His analysis from a learning professional's viewpoint is critical. technorati tags: blackboard_patent , Elgg , moodle , sakai , desire2learn Blogged with FlockThis post is a call to action to any learning professional who wants to preserve open and complete competition amongst vendors (for profit or open source) seeking to assist in the learning process. 

Five LMS Lists

eLearning 24-7

Blackboard Learn - Their mobile while better than before, still has a way to go. . 3. Desire2Learn Learning Suite -  A staple in the education space, but they need an overhaul in terms of UI. Everyone loves a good list.  Whether it is a list of the top food that make you ill or the top 1o of worst flops in learning history, people love to read them.  This is especially true when it comes to e-learning. Okay, maybe not true, but just go with it). So, I figured, let’s do it. Let’s put together a series of e-learning lists that will surpass any other list out there.

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Remaking education in the image of our desires

George Siemens

Blackboard is attempting a similar play, but serving the existing education market requires a slower pace of innovation than what is noticeable in companies that operate outside of the education system. Blackboard and Kaplan are early innovators in this space. Others, like Blackboard, are attempting to transition from platform to services. Blackboard, Desire2Learn, OpenClass.

Review of #ASTD2014 International Conference and Expo

eLearning 24-7

For example, Desire2Learn and Blackboard were there, Instructure was missing, along with many other well known education focused systems.  Blackboard, eLogic Learning, Biz Library, Docebo, Administrate, Meridian. If you attended last week’s show in Washington D.C., you probably left feeling one of the following. Exhausted, but thrilled at everything you attended/saw. Exhausted and hungry – how can you run out of lunches on day one? Thrilled. Angry – don’t be looking at me, I’m something else. Intrigued. Any of the above plus another or two.

The grades are in for Education focused LMSs

eLearning 24-7

Blackboard Learn. Although this post is all about pure education systems, leaving Blackboard out would be considered sacrilegious to some folks. Bonus: Why some systems such as Desire2Learn not included – Please read my post on Linkedin. I might as well get this out quickly to avoid the suspense. The best system for the education market is Moodle. Nah, just kidding.

Best articles on Working Smarter, April 2012

Jay Cross

Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness  GEORGE SIEMENS   |  FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012. GEORGE SIEMENS. APRIL 19, 2012. Remaking education in the image of our desires. The current generation of students will witness the remaking of our education system. Education faces enormous pressure. It’s much, much bigger. MORE >> DAVID WEINBERGER.

E-Learning Q&A November Issue

eLearning 24-7

Blackboard. Desire2Learn. Back from Australia and boy are my arms tired (Yes, the worst joke ever!).  Seriously it was a great conference and glad to see so many people who attended as well as readers who stopped by to say “greetings” This week, another installment of Q&A from readers. It is a short week for me as I am heading off to London to speak at the Unicorn Training Conference before zinging over to Berlin to speak at Online Educa Berlin. The United States as you know is quite fragmented and highly competitive.  Uganda. They hit the high notes in the U.S.

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eLearning Conferences 2012

Tony Karrer

Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year and has asked me to post again. Past years eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: crwr77@gmail.com. It covers events from four continents. All Internet addresses were verified at the time of publication. Private? Personal? What’s Next?,

eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

Clayton R. Wright has done his 28th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. Past years eLearning Conferences 2012 , eLearning Conferences 2011 , eLearning Conferences 2010 , eLearning Conferences 2009. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] gmail.com. This year, he has cut down the list slightly to cover "selected events." " But its still a massive list. Do Different.

195 posts about MOOCs

Jay Cross

Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness GEORGE SIEMENS | FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012. Page 1 of 2. Previous | Next. GEORGE SIEMENS. JUNE 3, 2012. What is the theory that underpins our moocs? If you’re even casually aware of what is happening in higher education, you’ve likely heard of massive open online courses ( MOOCs ). JULY 25, 2012. 228 Tweets.

Course Authoring and Rapid eLearning Tool Satisfaction

Tony Karrer

Second Life ReadyGo Web Course Builder Desire2Learn Learning Environ. Desire2Learn Inc. Too IBook Insiructor OulStart Trainer LearnCenter Blackboard Academic Suite Sakai Suite Custom eLearning Content Designer's Edge SkilISoft Course Customizatio. Desire2Learn Inc. OutStart Learn.com Blackboard, Inc. List of Tools and Vendors: Keynote - KnowledgePlanet On-Demand.

Daily Bookmarks 06/04/2008

Experiencing eLearning

tags: e-learning , highered , opensource , lms , sakai , moodle , blackboard , desire2learn. Gartner: E-learning Market Pushing Toward Open Source. Interview on the increase of open source LMSs Moodle and Sakai in higher education. Clive on Learning: Three tiers in the content pyramid. Clive Shepherd revises his model for e-learning tiers, adding a bottom level of social learning technology to the tiers of rapid development and high-end e-learning. High-end e-learning is a top-down model; social learning is bottom up. tags: e-learning , web2.0 , instructionaldesign , rapid.

eLearning Conferences 2012

eFront

Educational Technology and Related Education Conferences for January to June 2012 Clayton R. Wright has done his 26th version of his amazing list of conferences again this year. You can contact him at: crwr77 [@] gmail.com This 26th version of the conference list covers selected events from four continents. The list focuses primarily on the use of technology in educational settings and on teaching, learning, and educational administration. Note also that some events will be cancelled at a later date, such as those in Tunisia and Egypt in early 2011. Petersburg Beach, Florida, USA. What’sNext?,

50 best articles on Working Smarter for the first half of 2012

Jay Cross

Blackboard’s identity crisis, Desire2Learn’s optimism, and Instructure’s coolness  GEORGE SIEMENS   |  FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2012. Curation saves your bacon. If you haven’t had time to keep up with what’s going on in learning, design, social business, and intellectual capital this year, here’s a reprieve: the top 50 articles from the last six months. DOC SEARLS. My God!

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Changing Course Management Systems (CMS): Lessons Learned

ZaidLearn

Meyer) "Converting a Blackboard course to Desire2Learn taught us some of the hazards and benefits of changing course management systems. Link to article (By Kathy A. Smart and Katrina A. Lessons learned from this exploratory study: Institutions and systems seeking to save money by consolidating with one CMS need to factor in the time and effort of faculty who will need to review, correct, and revise content once the course has been converted. Institutions and systems need to investigate and evaluate the conversion tools of potential CMS products. learning learning tools

Changing Course Management Systems (CMS): Lessons Learned

ZaidLearn

Meyer) "Converting a Blackboard course to Desire2Learn taught us some of the hazards and benefits of changing course management systems. Link to article (By Kathy A. Smart and Katrina A. Lessons learned from this exploratory study: Institutions and systems seeking to save money by consolidating with one CMS need to factor in the time and effort of faculty who will need to review, correct, and revise content once the course has been converted. Institutions and systems need to investigate and evaluate the conversion tools of potential CMS products.

Light-weight learning analytics tools

George Siemens

This is a good example of a fairly simple, light-weight tool to analyze social interactions in an LMS like Moodle, Blackboard, or Desire2Learn. I’ve heard of SNAPP before – &# software tool that allows users to visualize the network of interactions resulting from discussion forum posts and replies&# – but decided to play around with it today. The process is simple: install a simple bookmarklet in your browser, go to your LMS, select the discussion forum that you want to analyze, and then activate the SNAPP plugin. Greater analysis of the nature of interaction (i.e

LMS Selection Processes on Display

aLearning

Sakai, Moodle, Blackboard Vista, Angel, and Desire2Learn are among the systems included. How have various universities selected the course management systems (CMS) or learning management systems (LMS) they are now using? What processes did they follow? What criteria did they use? How did they involve the eventual users in the evaluation process? He recently posted brief summaries and links to the original documentation. Since his original post, several readers have submitted comments with links to additional online documentation. Read away!

Common Cartridge – whither SCORM

Viplav Baxi Meanderings

The Learning Management System (LMS) market currently spans several course delivery platforms including, but by no means limited to, Angel, Blackboard, Desire2Learn, Moodle, Sakai and WebCT. And hello! What is this IMS GLC Common Cartridge specification? link]. Everyone seems to be backing it. And they promise a common way to port content to all LMS platforms seamlessly. In order to deliver course content for LMS platforms, content providers find they must build, test and distribute their content for each platform. The Solution. Wasn’t that the promise of SCORM?

eLearning Conferences

Tony Karrer

2009 First Canadian Blackboard Users’ Group Online Conference was held February 29, 2008. Once again, Clayton Wright has been nice enough to compile an incredible list of conferences focused on use of technology in learning. Clayton publishes this as a Word document but does not publish it as a web page. He has generously allowed me to republish here. You can contact him at: crwr77@gmail.com. His notes on the list. Please note that events, dates, titles, and locations may change; thus, check the specific conference website. Note also that some events will be cancelled at a later date.

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