Blackboard: A Good Investment?

Alfred Essa, NOSE, Aug 25, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

I would say not, though the stocks for the first few weeks after the patent story broke were flat (though it has dipped recedntly). Alfred Essa links to the story saying Blackboard is currently a risky investment.

In another article, he points to the stock sales by Yahoo insiders in recent weeks. "The interesting thread here is not that Blackboard's officers are selling their stocks, but the staggering amount of compensation and windfall Blackboard officers are enjoying this year in the form of stock options." One of my colleagues added up the compensation and put the results - all $216,150,195.00 of it - onto an Excel spreadsheet for your enjoyment. So do you think your education dollars are being wisely spent?

Mark van Harmelen proposes "preventing Blackboard from registering any valid patents in the areas of elearning 2.0 and Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) by starting to document the state-of-the-art in these areas." good point, and some people (such as Dave Cormier) have been talking about improving the overall documentation in Wikipedia.
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