Dear Commons Colleagues,
Last week on July 7, 2010, Blackboard Inc. entered into an agreement to acquire learning and collaboration technology providers Elluminate Inc. and Wimba Inc. Elluminate and Wimba, which serve 2,600 educational institutions between them, were purchased for the combined price of $116 million in cash. Technology from Elluminate and Wimba will be incorporated into a new standalone collaboration platform, Blackboard Collaborate, designed to facilitate greater collaboration and synchronization in the educational space.
I have posted on this blog about Blackboard, Inc. in the past, see:
We in the academic community need to be concerned that much of our online instructional content will be delivered and to a degree controlled by a single vendor. While I do not fully support technological determinism – technology changes/controls us – I have serious concerns with the way Blackboard’s has moved to acquire just about any major company that provides CMS/LMS services.