Blackboard has acquired CerBibo, a provider of higher education and K-12 online learning software and services in China. The move is designed to expand Blackboard's presence in Chinese education and to "simplify the process for bringing new products and investments to Chinese institutions."
Online education provider Advanced Academics has launched version 3.0 of ROADS, the company's learning management system (LMS).
Pearson recently released an update to its digital repository, Equella. The 5.1 release includes new tools for working with Microsoft Office files, new notifications, and integration with Flickr and YouTube.
Lectora will release a redesigned user interface for its line-up of e-learning software this summer, and it is looking for schools to try out the beta version.
Moodle HQ has posted three updates for three different branches of the Moodle learning management system, tackling a total of 15 recently discovered security vulnerabilities. The new versions also provide minor improvements and bug fixes.
Cengage Learning has announced it will partner with Moodlerooms and with Unicon on open source learning projects. Both partnerships are designed to increase functionality for the respective learning platforms through Cengage's new service, Mindlinks.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
Inmedius has released an update to its Web-based learning management system for small organizations, Omnibus.
Users of the Desire2Learn Learning Suite will have direct access to digital materials from Cengage Learning thanks to a partnership between the two companies announced last week.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
A day after its acquisition of Blackboard was completed, Providence Equity Partners has begun leveraging its multiple investments in education technology. Two of its companies--Blackboard and Edline--have announced an immediate merging. Edline will become another division in Blackboard's portfolio.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Jeffco Public Schools, the largest district in Colorado, has selected LoudCloud Systems to provide an instructional improvement system (IIS) to help collect and analyze data to improve teacher-student engagement.