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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Survey: Blackboard (Still) Rules Higher Ed

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But then there is WebCT rounding out third… funny thing is, since this survey was originally conducted (2012), WebCT has been bought out by Blackboard. Nothing wrong with this; business is business.

Top 50 LMS Report for 2016 – What you need to know (criteria, approach, and yeah some vendors)

eLearning 24-7

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. It’s nearly here. In a little over two months, my 2016 Top 50 LMS Report will be available for purchase.

Online Learning in Education

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Popular ones included Lotus Notes, Blackboard and WebCT. 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. In 1999, Jones International became the first online university in the U.S. to be accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.