Blackboard Customers Consider Alternatives

Jeffrey R. Young, Tidsskriftet for Universiteternes Efter- og Videreuddannelse, Sept 09, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This article ends on an upbeat note for Blackboard, but along the way it points top the serious hurdles Blackboard is facing - everything from fears about its pricing strategy to distrust because of the lawsuit to competition from smaller and open source systems. Oh, and from yesterday - it was Desire2Learn, of course, and not Blackboard, that filed the appeal. Sorry for the confusion.

Also: Jared Stein wonders about Blackboard's capacity to innovate. "'At a minimum,' he [Blackboard's Michael Chasen] said, 'we are at least just as innovative as open source.' At least as innovative as open source! With millions in expenditures on hardware and developers Bb is proud of the fact that they are at least as innovative as open source, which runs on the power of volunteers and sheer passion? Chasen's statement can be read both ways, confirming what I've believed for the past two years: that free, oss platforms such as Moodle etc. are now on par with Bb and the other Big Boys."
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