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!) Personally I like its focus on 'on-demand learning' and its Services Oriented Architecture as I think generic content is a tough business to be in.

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Even open source systems. These are vendors who have been around a long time, build share of the market and generally speaking had early name recognition which has helped them in build business. That is like calling Blackboard, WebCT, since they bought them more than 15 years ago. Small Business. If I am open source – I’m free. . It’s nearly here.