Straumsheim, Blackboard’s All-of-the-Above Strategy

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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.

The full article is here: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2017/04/25/analysts-colleges-question-blackboards-all-above-strategy

Blackboard Still Rules the Day

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%.]

Full post.

Webinar: Good for Students, Good for Faculty: The University of Washington Reviews the LMS

On November 6, 2013 from 1-2:00 PM EST, Casey Green–senior research consultant for Inside Higher Ed and founding director of The Campus Computing Project–will look at the process by which UW moved from three disjointed systems to selecting Canvas by Instructure as it only institutional LMS after a year long pilot.

Register Here.

Solano Community College / Pearson eCollege Deal

A Northern California school, Solano Community College, has cut a deal with Pearson to allow its students using Pearson textbooks to pay a flat fee to use the textbook but receive usage of Pearson’s LMS Learning Studio (formerly eCollege) and supplementary material for free.  Instructors are not mandated to use Pearson products, but this deal would apply to electronic materials for face-to-face, blended, and online courses.

This deal was struck after the college announced its decision to move from eCollege to the Instructure Canvas LMS.

The full story is at Campus Technology.