Inside Higher Ed: ‘Wait and See’ at Blackboard

Mark Lieberman has a piece at Inside Higher Ed on the future of Blackboard.  There is evidence that Blackboard’s hemorrhaging of clients has leveled off or is leveling off.  Despite this there are questions about Blackboard’s long-term future.

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Blackboard is still the largest provider in the United States with about thirty-three percent of the market and another one percent on some of its legacy purchased products like WebCT and Prometheus.

For more post on the LMS market.

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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e-Literate Report: Cloud Eases LMS Migration, Leads to Market Change

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e-Literate has released a new report about market trends in the learning management system (LMS) space.  Phil Hill and Michael Feldstein reviewed LMS usage, implementation, and decommissions within higher education throughout the globe.  The note an increase attributable to the retirement of Peason’s LearningStudio LMS.  Phil Hill noted that two things had eased migrations: cloud-based solutions and reliability.

Some of the findings included are:

  • Canvas is the fastest growing of the LMS platforms
  • Blackboard is the second-most used system globally
  • Moodle is the dominant LMS outside of North America
  • D2L Brightspace had the same number of implementations as Canvas in North America
  • Voluntary migrations are driven by faculty demand for “improved system usability”
  • the market is being impacted by large migrations by California Community College System to Canvas and University of Phoenix to Blackboard

Michael Feldstein said regarding the overall trend worldwide:

“Although there is a lot of speculation about the future of ed tech today, one thing is certain: There is an oligopoly emerging.  We’re seeing smaller, more regionally focused LMSs decrease and a few dominant players emerge globally.”

Rick W. Burkett runs the John A. Logan College Teaching and Learning Center, teaches history, and heads an educational nonprofit. He publishes blogs on a wide variety of topics, including history, teaching and learning, student success, and teaching online.
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