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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Online Learning in Education

eLearning 24-7

Other online universities sounded like brick and mortar institutions: University of Northern Washington, for example. Popular ones included Lotus Notes, Blackboard and WebCT. Okay, sounds great. Rather then charge students more – to offset their budgets – expansion in targeting outside of their region/country for students makes business sense. In 1993, Jones International made its debut on the internet. The first 100% online university.