Blackboard is buying out two major players in the open source services space: Moodlerooms and NetSpot. Blackboard has also brought onboard Sakai Project founding architect Charles Severance. With these additions, the company is also launching its own open source division: Blackboard Education Open Source Services.
- By David Nagel, Dian Schaffhauser
Blackboard has made available new integration options for its Blackboard Collaborate that allow for more interoperability and support across platforms for a variety of learning management systems, including the company's own Blackboard Learn 9.1.
- By Mike Hohenbrink
Desire2Learn, a provider of enterprise teaching and learning platforms for K-12 and higher education institutions, has signed a four-year Windows Azure global alliance agreement with Microsoft.
Moodlerooms will release a free plug-in designed to integrate open-source learning management system Moodle with Microsoft's Live@edu services.
E-learning provider LoudCloud Systems is taking its learning platform modular. According to the company, the LoudCloud Learning Management Ecosystems for K-12 and higher education will be available as individual components to be used on their own or in conjunction with third-party systems to augment their capabilities.
- By Kimberly Horg-Webb
Blackboard has gone into general release with a new service pack for Blackboard Learn version 9.1. Service pack 8, or "Ocho," as it's nicknamed by the company, delivers changes to the user interface of the learning management system, as well as updates to workflow functionality, intended to help instructors and administrators use the application more efficiently and effectively.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Teachers and administrators both cited technical issues and a culture of mistrust as factors hindering more effective use of school data systems, including learning management systems and student information systems.
Palo Alto Unified School District has shifted four of its schools to a cloud-based, social networking-inspired e-learning system, with plans for an eventual system-wide rollout.
- By Jessica DiNapoli
Instructure has released a free mobile app for Apple's iOS that will facilitate communication among instructors and their students using Canvas, its Web-based learning management system.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
Desire2Learn has unveiled a new release to its learning management platform, offering enhancements to streaming media delivery and new integration features supporting Google Apps for Education.