A Bridge Between Blackboard and Open Source?

Andy Guess, Inside Higher Ed, Jul 15, 2008
Commentary by Stephen Downes

An announcement made Monday at the Blackboard Developers Conference is sure to get some attention over the coming months. Bb and Syracuse University will work together on an integration of proprietary Blackboard with Sakai, one of the primary open-source alternatives. The end result should be a platform that allows users to import Sakai content into Blackboard or vice versa. "There's been some concern in the [open-source] community that this is a giant attempt to suck everything into Blackboard.... It really is done in the spirit of trying to be an open company, [to] really focus on something that will add value to the student experience," according to John Fontaine, Blackboard's senior director of engineering. -BD
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