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Another Stake in Ground for Blackboard: Two New Investments in the Open-source E-learning Market

Janet Clarey

Blackboard’s statement of principles about open source says it is. Blackboard also says it. To that end, Blackboard has launched a new business called Blackboard Education Open Source Services – a good thing, right? In support of this broader vision , Blackboard announced on Monday that it had acquired two companies – the first, Moodlerooms and the second, NetSpot. ” None of us are naïve enough to not realize that Blackboard is no longer publicly traded but owned by a private equity firm. Evolution Unbound: Blackboard embraces open source.

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.

Blackboard lit up by Elluminate

Onlignment

Last week, Blackboard, the largest commercial provider of learning management systems to the education sector, purchased not one but two web conferencing providers that also have a strong educational heritage – Elluminate and Wimba. It failed, I’m glad to say, and it will take Blackboard years of being terribly nice to repair its stinking reputation. I don’t know Wimba, but I have an affinity for Elluminate, which the eLearning Network and ALT uses to run its joint public webinars. Whether Blackboard provides it with much protection is dubious.

Blackboard + Elluminate + Wimba = Blackboard Collaborate (Breaking News) by Bill Brandon

Learning Solutions Magazine

Blackboard Inc. announced late today that it is acquiring Elluminate and Wimba, leading providers of. Blackboard Collaborate, a standalone platform. synchronous and collaboration technology. The teams from the three companies will combine to form.

Blackboard Takes eLearning to the Education Enterprise

Ellen Wagner

This morning's blogpost is coming to you from the fountain-filled lobby of the Gaylord Palms Hotel, the site of this year's BlackBoard World, Developers' Conference and Institute. Last week's news about BlackBoard's intention to acquire web conferencing companies Elluminate and.

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!

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.

The end of free?

Onlignment

In effect, the free version has been replaced by a limited trial. I’m not sure of the logic in this move when the Webex Meet and Elluminate vRoom services currently offer much more for free. Elluminate’s vRooms are part of the free LearnCentral offer, which is described as ‘sponsored by Elluminate’; will they continue that sponsorship indefinitely?

Why do synchronous web tools suck?

George Siemens

In the past, I was involved with Elluminate as a community partner. With Blackboard’s purchase of Elluminate, that arrangement was cancelled. Elluminate was/is what an online platform needs to be: simple, easy to use, with good quality audio. Elluminate was simple, clunky, intuitive, and remains the best synchronous tool I’ve used. We are several weeks into the Change open online course. We have an outstanding speaker list. But, unfortunately, we’ve had issues every week with our live online sessions. All have been terrible failures.

Five tools for global educators

Learning with e's

Webinar tools include Elluminate (now known as Blackboard Collaborate), WebEx and Adobe Connect all of which have similar screen topographies and perform similar functions, but all have an associated cost. Recently I have been considering the changing role of teachers who are adopting technology to extend the walls of the classroom. Unported License. education social media learning

The race to platform education

George Siemens

posted on this last year after Blackboard acquired Elluminate and Wimba: To be effective in the long term, large LMS companies will need to pull more and more of the education experience under their umbrella. Across the full spectrum of education – primary, secondary, and higher – we are witnessing a race to develop platforms for content, learning, teaching, and evaluation. And the reason is simple: companies are in a landrush to create platforms that will tie together previously disconnected activities and tools. More on that in a bit. Who ruled? Amazon. So, AWS.

Another Stake in Ground for Blackboard: Two New Investments in the Open-source E-learning Market

Learning on the Leading Edge

Blackboard also says it. ” To that end, Blackboard has launched a new business called Blackboard Education Open Source Services – a good thing, right? Read on… In support of this broader vision , Blackboard announced on Monday that it had acquired two companies - the first, Moodlerooms and the second, NetSpot. So, a competitor in the LMS space made up of customers that likely were trying to avoid Blackboard in the first place. higher education) often as an alternative to Blackboard. enterprise. Can you. taste the irony?

Another Stake in Ground for Blackboard: Two New Investments in the Open-source E-learning Market

Learning on the Leading Edge

Blackboard also says it. ” To that end, Blackboard has launched a new business called Blackboard Education Open Source Services – a good thing, right? Read on… In support of this broader vision , Blackboard announced on Monday that it had acquired two companies - the first, Moodlerooms and the second, NetSpot. So, a competitor in the LMS space made up of customers that likely were trying to avoid Blackboard in the first place. higher education) often as an alternative to Blackboard. enterprise. Can you. taste the irony?

Another Stake in Ground for Blackboard: Two New Investments in the Open-source E-learning Market

Learning on the Leading Edge

Blackboard also says it. ” To that end, Blackboard has launched a new business called Blackboard Education Open Source Services – a good thing, right? Read on… In support of this broader vision , Blackboard announced on Monday that it had acquired two companies - the first, Moodlerooms and the second, NetSpot. So, a competitor in the LMS space made up of customers that likely were trying to avoid Blackboard in the first place. higher education) often as an alternative to Blackboard. enterprise. Can you. taste the irony?

How not to do a press release

George Siemens

I just received an email saying that Blackboard, Wimba, and Elluminate were forming some type of union. The message is practically useless – did BB buy Elluminate? From the press release, it really looks like Elluminate has been purchased (I’m less interested in what it looks like for Wimba – I haven’t used their products for years Did they just decide to work on integration?

Live Streaming Test Results

In the Middle of the Curve

Blackboard Collaborate 12 - We have been using Elluminate v10 and decided to test the most recent version of Blackboard Collaborate. wouldn't wish video conferencing in Elluminate v10 on my enemies. The other thing we like about Blackboard Collaborate is that we can more easily limit who can access the live meeting and the resulting recording. The Blackboard Collaborate 12 UI is very different from Elluminate v10 and requires some getting used to. Because I know someone will ask. The user needs to know how to expand the screen. pain to set up.

#iel12 Online Rogue Professor Pt 2

In the Middle of the Curve

please see Elluminate -> Blackboard Collaborate) Check your library. (group project - Breakout 1) (I probably should have gotten out the video camera to capture the conversation. May need to ask next time.) (To find some options - my teammates went here. Interesting tools that came up: - Vyew (may be backend for Google Hangouts now) - Disqus - discussion board you can embed in your own site - Wimba - VoiceThread Cloud filesharing - one heads-up, put it in the cloud and it can be mined. How much. Students do it Too! How much storage did you say? Hard part - long-term. iel12

The Three Dubya's - Wimba, Webex and WiZiQ

Learnadoodledastic

Can be integrated to Blackboard VLE, but was not for this trial. Wimba: Wimba are a company that look to agree institutional wide solutions which would involve integration with Blackboard VLE. The Wimba trial was a stans alone classroom outside of Blackboard. Elluminate is popular in education circles. Agreed a year long trial with a personalised Wimba website.

My Workflow with Synergy

Experiencing eLearning

When I liveblogged the TCC 2008 conference , I always had the Elluminate presentation up on my primary screen (my desktop computer) and my blog on my laptop. Synergy lets me easily switch focus back to the Elluminate screen to join the backchannel chat or answer a poll; you just move your mouse over to the other screen and type away. Setting up courses in Blackboard. This is a follow-up to my post on the features of Synergy. My last post covered how Synergy works. Liveblogging & Team Meetings. Here’s a rough idea of how this worked. Yes, I am that lazy. Photoshop.

A powerful virtual classroom: Adobe Connect 8

Janet Clarey

I’m always cognizant of what Ellen Wagner (formerly with Adobe) said while writing about web conferencing technologies around the time Blackboard bought Wimba and Elluminate and combined them to create Blackboard Collaborate (for edu-types, I’ll insert the ‘muwhahahaha’ just for you). Ellen said, “let’s be very clear. billion by 2014. Yowsa!

Keeping Up - April's Big Question

eLearning Cyclops

April's Big Question from Learning Circuits is "How to Keep up?" This is in reference the immense and rapidly expanding technology tools. It is tough to stay on top of all the emerging tools. However, being involved in an e-learning community is a big help. For me it is a blog community and following many experts on Twitter. Not only am I often made aware of new tools, but also get opinions, tips, and examples of their use. You can never keep up with it all, but access to many experts who are also finding and sharing the lastest tech tools make it much less daunting.

LearnTrends: The Immernet Singularity

Experiencing eLearning

2D synchronous learning (WebEx, Elluminate, etc.). Knowledge Sharing Spaces (SharePoint, Blackboard, Yahoo Groups). These are my live blogged notes from Tony O’Driscoll’s LearnTrends session on The Immernet Singularity. My side comments are in italics. Official description: The Immernet Singularity: How the Immersive Internet Will Redefine Learning and Collaboration. Four technology arenas, 2D Synchronous Learning, Knowledge Sharing Spaces, Web 2.0 Good attention getter–started by showing a rectangle on a dark screen & asked people what it was. Timing. Value.

Web 2

White boredom

Onlignment

Typically it is found nesting inside web-conferencing and virtual classroom tools such as Cisco WebEx, Saba Centra, Adobe Connect and Elluminate. In essence the modern whiteboard is held back by its heritage, the old-fashioned blackboard. The white board is a ubiquitous piece of hardware that you find in classrooms and board rooms all around the world. In some cases it is used as little more than a notice board, or as a convenient close-up projector screen. In other situations it is used (rarely) as a highly interactive aid to group work and decision-making.

One-way conferencing in a two-way world

Jay Cross

It wouldn’t be hard for WebEx, Adobe, Centra, Elluminate Blackboard, or their peers to provide a default conferencing environment that mirrors best practices for interactive meetings instead of mimicking what went on in yesteryear’s boring one-way workshops and classrooms. Yesterday I gave a presentation to a couple of dozen people using Adobe Connect Pro.

Friday ReFlects #4 - Virtual Classroom Edition

Learning on the Leading Edge

In short, the physical classroom is no longer a requirement; the best of blended learning experiences can happen entirely online – AND on-the-go, which leads us to… Reflect 4: Blackboard Mobile : The virtual un-classroom… As part of our recent research into both mobile learning and virtual classroom platforms, we saw many places where these two topics are converging. One impressive example is Blackboard’s Blackboard Mobile offering, available on platforms such as the Apple iPad. Hello there. You have to give Citrix credit. And why not? doubt it. David.

Friday ReFlects #4 - Virtual Classroom Edition

Learning on the Leading Edge

In short, the physical classroom is no longer a requirement; the best of blended learning experiences can happen entirely online – AND on-the-go, which leads us to… Reflect 4: Blackboard Mobile : The virtual un-classroom… As part of our recent research into both mobile learning and virtual classroom platforms, we saw many places where these two topics are converging. One impressive example is Blackboard’s Blackboard Mobile offering, available on platforms such as the Apple iPad. Hello there. You have to give Citrix credit. And why not? doubt it. David.

Friday ReFlects #4 - Virtual Classroom Edition

Learning on the Leading Edge

In short, the physical classroom is no longer a requirement; the best of blended learning experiences can happen entirely online – AND on-the-go, which leads us to… Reflect 4: Blackboard Mobile : The virtual un-classroom… As part of our recent research into both mobile learning and virtual classroom platforms, we saw many places where these two topics are converging. One impressive example is Blackboard’s Blackboard Mobile offering, available on platforms such as the Apple iPad. Hello there. You have to give Citrix credit. And why not? doubt it. David.

Top 70 eLearning Articles - Hot Topics: iPad Adobe Captivate - July 2010

eLearning Learning Posts

Well Played, Blackboard - elearnspace , July 8, 2010 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). Best of eLearning Learning. July 2010. Great stuff again this month.  The results are summarized below. facts.