Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source?

Challenge to Learn

I was surfing the web to prepare for that post, when I saw a BlackBoard press release and immediately switch subject: Blackboard acquires Moodlerooms, Netspot. Blackboard is one of the largest LMS vendors in the world and is considered state enemy #1 in the Moodle community.

Podcast 31: Inside Open Source Learning Systems – With eThink CEO Brian Carlson

Talented Learning

For example, today we welcome a leader in the open source learning community, Brian Carlson , Co-Founder and CEO of eThink Education. Join us as we discuss the latest developments in open source learning systems. Open source learning systems are widely used.

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Open Source LMS

Tony Karrer

Because of their very limited budget, I suggested they dive into more depth looking at open source LMS products. To help get that started, I looked at eLearning Learning and found some pretty good sources around LMS / Open Source and Learning Management System / Open Source. Learning Visions , June 26, 2009 Concerning Open Source, LMSs and SCORM: Correcting Some Common Misconceptions - The E-Learning Curve , October 19, 2009 To open source or not?

Moodle VS Blackboard – Who’s the winner?


Inspite of being a paid learning management system , Blackboard rocks the boat when it comes to a number of organizations it holds under the belt for larger FTE’s (full-time employees.). This certainly doesn’t mean that Blackboard has more users than Moodle. Source: Moodle ).

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. committed to supporting the growth, development and use of open source technologies in education worldwide.”. Blackboard also says it. expects to make significant contributions to the community to help ensure that open source options remain strong, reliable and sustainable for all.” . Enterprise users of Blackboard might look forward to more options.

Not happy Moodle Blackboard


Are you an unhappy Moodle or Blackboard user? In this article, we look at common gripes expressed by ‘Moodlers’ and Blackboard users to find out why these platforms are on the nose, and where people are turning in the fast-paced world of learning management. Let’s go back to the two biggest players in the market, Moodle and Blackboard, and find out… 1. Moodle and Blackboard aren’t visually engaging. Simply put, Moodle and Blackboard’s layouts are unappealing. .

Blackboard CEO To Step Down

CLO Magazine

Chasen has announced that he will step down as president, CEO and director of Blackboard Inc. Chasen co-founded Blackboard in 1997 and oversaw the company's growth from just a handful of employees and a few clients to a workforce of more than 3,000. Source: Blackboard Inc Michael L. Chasen, the firm’s co-founder, announced he will step down as CEO at the end of the year. He will be replaced by Jay Bhatt, president and CEO of Progress Software. Washington — Oct.

How to choose an LMS


You might already have stumbled-upon Moodle, Dokeos, Blackboard, Saba or Sumtotal. And usually people want the most their money can buy; which makes the free (open-source) solutions so darn attractive. eLearning Open Source Tools LMS

Dokeos 101

Moodle and eFront side-by-side


With eFront’s recent string of awards , I thought it was about time I took a look at this relative newcomer to the open source Learning Management System market. For many years, Moodle has been most people’s port of call when looking for an open source LMS (or Virtual Learning Environment in the education sector). Blackboard), whereby a the lesson is built from content-based units, perhaps interspersed with tests.

consolidation continues - BlackBoard + WebCT & more.

The Learning Circuits

Today BlackBoard announced plans to merge with WebCT; the two leading providers in the higher education eLearning space (BlackBoard alone forecasts US$150M+ for their fiscal year). It also doesn't bode well for WebCT's willingness to play with open source (sorry Harold!) BlackBoard $150M+ Saba $100M+ SumTotal $100M * strangely none of the investors like any of these deals as the stocks of the related companies have all dropped when they have announced their news.

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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. This 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. technorati tags: blackboard_patent , Elgg , moodle , sakai , desire2learn Blogged with Floc

My Moodle Test


Home > Learning Technologies , Standards > My Moodle Test My Moodle Test October 9th, 2009 Goto comments Leave a comment Talk has been heating up lately regarding the use of open source versus proprietary systems for learning. Sophia Peters provides another interesting post entitled Deciding Between Open Source and Proprietary Software? once people get past their initial fears and the stigma, the Open Source learning development community will grow exponentially.”

10 LMS Facts You Should Know


Once considered clunky and dull, a modern LMS is flexible, often open-source, and feature-rich. Edmodo and Blackboard each have around 20 million users each.

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Daily Bookmarks 06/04/2008

Experiencing eLearning

Gartner: E-learning Market Pushing Toward Open Source. Interview on the increase of open source LMSs Moodle and Sakai in higher education. tags: e-learning , highered , opensource , lms , sakai , moodle , blackboard , desire2learn. 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.

The Current Top 5 Highest-Rated Learning Management Systems (LMS)


Blackboard Learn© by Blackboard, Inc. CollectMyThoughts rating: 5 stars out of 5) Blackboard works with clients to develop and implement an LMS that impacts just about every aspect of education. You’ll find an informative critical review of Blackboard here.

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2012 in retrospective: top 10 posts

Challenge to Learn

Blackboard buys Moodle partners: open source? The post on Blackboard is a representative of another trend: consolidation. It is the time of the year to look back and to make plans for the new year.

ID and e-Learning Links (4/20/14)

Experiencing eLearning

tags: lms e-learning moodle blackboard skillsoft infographic research. Free Open Source LMSs are like Puzzles « E-Learning 24/7 Blog. BranchTrack. Free tool for creating branching scenarios. Cathy Moore wrote and built a sample course in 8 hours with this tool even though it has more than 50 decision points/endings. tags: e-learning scenarios instructionaldesign. The Top 20 Most Popular LMS Software Solutions powered by Capterra.

Should You Switch from Moodle to LearnDash?


It has a long history in the online education field, opening the market to many of the Learning Management Systems (LMSs) that followed. Open source vs. proprietary. Moodle, like WordPress and LearnDash, is an open-source platform.

Daily Bookmarks 12/16/2008

Experiencing eLearning

Our goal is not simply to create a better and cheaper version of Blackboard. It is time to arrive at a clearer understanding of the capabilities that represent needs unique to education and for the Sakai community to focus its development effort on providing these capabilities while taking advantage of established open?source source efforts to provide more generic capabilities. Sakai 3 Proposal. Vision for what Sakai could look like in the future.

eThink’s 2018 Year In Review

eThink Education

eThink continues to expand our Moodle client base and work closely with Moodle HQ to extend the product and support Moodle adoption and the open-source community. Spreading the Word about Open-Source, Moodle & Totara.



Moodle: Moodle, an open source elearning software, is specifically designed for an educational set up. Moodle versus Blackboard. Understanding Moodle vs Drupal. How can I optimize my data and content management? How can I make data easily accessible to all users?

The Top 5 Free Learning Management Platforms

CommLab India

CourseSites by Blackboard. Blackboard is one of the most popular names in the learning management software market, and this is a free version of their commercial product, Blackboard Learn. Option to integrate with other Blackboard offerings.

Digital Badges for Educational Achievement

Web Courseworks

Mozilla’s Open Badges project is working to solve that problem, making it easy for anyone to issue, earn and display badges across the web through a shared technical infrastructure. From Mozilla’s Open Badges wiki page. Is Your Organization Ready?

TCC09: Podcasting with Section 508

Experiencing eLearning

open source software options: Audacity. Mixer–no open source ones out there, but Audacity does a lot. Open or closed captions. Open captions are visible like subtitles. They have Blackboard–just link to everything within there.

10 Training Tracking Tool Options To Boost Team Learning


Slack, Okta, OneLogin, HRIS (Workday, Oracle and others), SCORM, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Google Analytics, Open API. Blackboard Learn. Blackboard Learn is another great option in terms of a learning management system.

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Overview of different types of LMS


3.Open Source Vs. Proprietary LMS. In short, proprietary LMS needs a licensing fee per user with additional subscription fee and maintenance charge on an annual basis whereas open source LMS doesn’t require any fee since it distributed freely. Litmos , Topyx , Saba , and Blackboard are the main examples of proprietary LMS and Moodle is an example of open source LMS. TYPES OF LMS.

Top 5 Training Material Development Software


The Open University, TESCO, National Trust, Johnson and Johnson – Vision Care Inc. Google, One Drive, Blackboard Colloborate, NBC Learn, Atomic Learning, eSchoolPlus, Respondus, and more. Open source software that has APIs, security audits, and feature discussions.

5 Free Learning Management Tools to Administer Your Online Training

CommLab India

CourseSites by Blackboard. Blackboard is a very well-known name in the e-learning course administration world, and CourseSites is the free version of its popular commercial offering, Blackboard Learn. Integrate easily with other Blackboard products.

TCC08 Keynote: Why Do We Need A Second Life?

Experiencing eLearning

Open source software. It’s cheaper than Blackboard. Presenter: Dr. Barbara P. McLain, Professor, Music Education and Secondary Instrumental, University of Hawai’i at Manoa. In Second Life: Professor Lilliehook. “Change ahead requires vision now&#. Visions for change. Touch screen computers. Holographic displays. 3D TV. Merged technologies. What would you do as an educator if you had a holographic display? Trends. Social networking. Visual communication.

Learning Tools – Do these really belong?

eLearning 24-7

Blackboard generates the highest amount of revenue/sales in the entire LMS space, yet they are in the last tier of top tools, along with Axonify and D2L, both of which combined do not even get close to the total sales ($$$) of Blackboard.

Top 10 Higher Ed/EDU LMSs for 2017

eLearning 24-7

8 Blackboard Learning Insight (HE) – I know, I know. I expect nothing less than Blackboard blasting over a few comments, on the disagreement of where I place their HE version, which heck you could say K-12 too, but I am going with HE since that is really the ideal spot for them.

The 10 Best MindTickle Alternatives


Slack, Okta, OneLogin, HRIS (Workday, Oracle and others), SCORM, YouTube, Vimeo, Google Drive, Google Analytics, Open API. Blackboard Learn. Blackboard Learn is a learning management system that is fully scalable.

Top 20 Learning Management Systems 2013-14

eLearning 24-7

Top Three Open Source LMSs of 2013-14. Moodle - Whether you like it or not, the system still reigns supreme for free open source. But, as we all know, nothing is ever really free, so if you go open source make sure you have the resources to invest to make it robust. Open Elms – The first free open source LMS, geared specifically for business.

Key Factors in MOOC Success, Part 1

Your Training Edge

Although true MOOCs are open for anyone to take, it’s still essential to keep the target audience in mind when designing the courses. Several platforms are available that can be used to host MOOCs, including edX (which is open-source), Blackboard’s Course Sites, and a variety of learning management systems. MOOCs (at least the most popular types) have been around for about a year and a half now.

Insight Sharing - How They "Meet and Mate"

Vignettes Learning

In this fourth installment of my five-part blog series about The All-New Open Learning Environment, I'm going to talk about the importance of sharing your work. The Internet and a good portion of its supporting technology has been the result of open sharing of ideas.