Blackboard's pending acquisition by a private equity firm has received shareholder approval. The company announced that at a special meeting held Sept. 16, 2011 shareholders representing 81 percent of outstanding shares approved the proposal put forth by Providence Equity Partners.
- By Dian Schaffhauser
The open source learning management system Moodle has a new mobile companion. Developers at Moodle HQ have released a free app for iOS designed to work with Moodle 2.1 or later. Apps for additional mobile platforms are planned.
Blackboard has launched Blackboard Learn-Angel Edition 8.0, a new version of its online course delivery platform. Support for Angel will continue until October 2014, at which time clients will migrate to Blackboard Learn 9.1.
Panopto has released a new version of its Web-based rich media video lecture capture and library platforms.
Blackboard has released an upgrade to CourseSites, a free online course system, which includes support for six languages, and other new features.
Echo360 is embedding its lecture capture EchoSystem portal for multimedia course materials within open source learning management system Moodle 1.9 and 2.0.
Desire2Learn has released an update to its flagship e-learning platform, Desire2Learn Learning Suite, with a new emphasis on integrated social networking tools--such as Google+ and Facebook--and improvements in the areas of assessment, grading, and assessment tracking.
Trivantis has released a new version of its CourseMill Learning Management System, which allows for increased customization and searching.
iLinc has released a new version of its presentation software that integrates with Moodle.
Florida's Nassau County School District is adopting the RM Learning Platform with funds obtained through a recent Race to the Top grant.