Classnotes: Blackboard Acquisition of WebCT

Link to: Stephen’s Web ~ by Stephen Downes ~ Blackboard Acquisition of WebCT

Hi All,

I’m sure that all of you have seen the news about the Blackboard WebCt merger. (Thanks to Mary who got the news from WebCT some hours before those of us in the Blackboard world.) Stephen Downes has pulled together a comprehensive summary of reactions from across the blogosphere.

Few folks on the lists that I’m reading see much positive from this for current BB or WebCt customers. Most think that this is just one more step toward monopoly pricing in the IMS market. Others see it as a great opportunity for Sakai or Moodle to make inroads into the market.

What are your predictions on the impact?

One thought on “Classnotes: Blackboard Acquisition of WebCT”

  1. Having these to join forces shows an organizational strategy of survival. I wonder how much money they will be saving by their merger – I would think their transaction costs would be lowered as a result. Mergers happen when there is a threat made on the organization from the external environment. Could the threat be the open source software mentioned in so some of the posts?

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