Lessons From Blackboard?

Jim Farmer, Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment, Aug 06, 2007
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Interesting look at Blackboard based on an analysis of the company's second quarter statements. Two major trends are cited - one, the trend to external hosting services, and the second, the trend toward 'sites' of applications, including such services as outcomes management, portfolios and plagiarism detection. Writes Farmer, "This strategy does not place Blackboard in direct competition with Moodle and Sakai learning systems, or publishers." One wonders.
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