Knee Jerk Reactions

Raj Boora, EDITing in the Dark, Jul 12, 2010
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Raj Boora asks, "is the edtech-sphere disliking the BB Collaborate announcement because of some real concerns with regards to BB and how they do things to those systems that they acquire, or is it something more 'religious'?" Given the mistrust Blackboard has generated over the last few years, it's not surprising to see disappointment over the latest announcement. And in Canada, as Tony Bates notes, it's disappointing to see yet more of our innovative technology sold south of the border. But overall, with a "well played" from Siemens and acceptance that it was a smart move by Blackboard, the edublogosphere has been remarkably moderate in its response, and not really knee-jerk at all.
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