Carl Straumsheim has an interesting piece over at InsideHigherEd.com about Blackboards newest release “Ultra” and its strategy to support its legacy app as well. The real question comes down to wether or not Blackboard can transition to the cloud and still support non-cloud hosted versions. He quotes Glenda Morgan, a research at Gartner that specializes in educational technology. She said blackboard “is trying to do too many things and not disappoint many people.” She continued:
Down the road that means a fragmented and unsustainable model. . . . They need to figure out what the strategy is and just be really clear about it, and then if they end up changing it, be really hones about it.
The article provides a good overview of the growth of Instructure’s Canvas product and Blackboard attempt to upgrade itself and move past some missteps in recent years.
LearnDash.com has an article about a 2012 survey on the penetration of learning management systems into the marketplace. According to them Blackboard still rules with 74%, with Moodle being its closest competitor @42%. Desire2Learn is a distant third with 14%. [Please note that because schools have multiple LMSs, the numbers do not add up to 100%.]
The Delta Initiative has posted a their webinar on “The State of Leaerning Management in Higher Education.” It provides a brief history of the development of the learning management system (LMS) and the growth and consolidation in the LMS market.
The primary focus is looking at the acquisition of LMSs by state wide systems or consortiums.