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Michael Chasen, Blackboard CEO Resigns

Michael Chasen posted on Twitter that after 15 years, "I have decided it is the right time to move on".

It's not a surprise that he has resigned. However, for a guy that hasn't used Twitter in months, I was surprised to find it on Twitter!


Vicki Tambellini
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All Eyes on Blackboard?

As Desire2Learn and Instructure continue to gain market share, things are heating up at Blackboard. The Tambellini Group research indicates that Desire2Learn, Instructure and others are gaining customer confidence and winning new business among institutions and corporations alike.

Lou Pugliese, CEO of Moodlerooms left quietly several weeks ago. He joined Blackboard as a result of the acquisition.

Pressure to deliver sales and profits are different now that Blackboard is privately held, but certainly investors will keep
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What’s Driving Ellucian and Blackboard

5½ weeks ago Datatel+SunGard became Ellucian and Blackboard purchased Moodlerooms and Netspot. So let’s talk about what drove them here. Let’s start by being clear this doesn’t have to be about Ellucian and BlackBoard specifically. It’s about the enterprise software … Continue reading

The Higher Ed CIO

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Staying True to the Mission


Rather than jump into the social media fray following my current and new Blackboard colleagues, I made a deliberate decision to delay my reflections on what’s transpired with our recent merger over the past two weeks. In expressing my off script observations, I thought it essential to get perspectives from customers, the Moodle commu...
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Some Secrets Hurt (Redux)

Some Secrets Hurt (Redux)

So, 90 days ago we issued a challenge to John Baker, CEO of Desire2Learn; Michael Chasen, CEO of Blackboard; and Ray Henderson, President of Blackboard Learn, to participate in an annual open security audit. Why? Because we believe that hiding security vulnerabilities in the LMS decreases the likelihood they wil...
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Blackboard Open Enrollment Announcement

In another move following Blackboard’s March 26th announcement (aggregated responses on e-Literate site), yesterday Blackboard announced that Instructors using their CourseSites™ can make their courses available for enrollment by anyone, effectively supporting an open courseware model. It means individuals can … Continue reading
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Blackboard Launches Learning Analytics Solution

Blackboard Launches Learning Analytics Solution
 
Application Gives Leaders Unprecedented View of Learning Across Institution

At a time when education institutions are increasingly looking for ways to leverage data to improve performance and student outcomes, Blackboard Inc. today announced the launch of Blackboard Analytics for Learn™, a solution that gives education leaders an unprecedented view of t...
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Reuters Reports Blackboard Plans to Raise $60 Million to Help Finance Acquisitions of Moodlerooms and netSpot

In a report published today by Reuters, Blackboard plans to raise $60 million dollars to help finance the acquisitions of Moodlerooms and netSpot.

The report also affirms the B corporate rating on Blackboard and explains the rationale.

Vicki Tambellini
President and CEO
The Tambellini Group and Enterprise Hive
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Blackboard Calls it Quits

sunflowerThe fence line just shifted again.
We've received a lot of calls and emails about Blackboard's announcement, so I figure it's easiest to just make a post about it. Here you go:

Yesterday Blackboard announced that it has officially gotten out of the LMS business. They are now an education software and service conglomerate. They now "own" the legacy LMS market by supporting 5 different LMS products (6 if you include the D2L cross-li...
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Blackboard adds on open source service

Today Blackboard issued a strange letter to clients announcing that, in parallel with its existing proprietary platform, it will be offering a new business to support and host open source learning management systems, and also the acquisition of two teams to help guide that work, Moodlerooms and NetSpot. The letter states: We are committed to [...]