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A dose of Moodle reality by Matt Bury

March 26th, 2012 Leave a comment Go to comments

Blackboard was bought out by Providence Equity Partners venture (vulture?) capitalists, who specialise in leveraged buyouts, last year. Presumably they borrowed the $1.64 billion they paid and need to see a significant return on that ASAP. Leveraged buyouts are usually about a fast turnaround and how to extract the biggest possible return in the shortest possible time regardless of the long-term outcomes. If they destroy Moodle and/or Blackboard in the process, that’s just business.

Source: http://moodle.org/mod/forum/discuss.php?d=199248#p868732

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  1. netbuoy
    March 26th, 2012 at 23:18 | #1

    Following the analogy Matt offers, Bb was a starved dying black child to Provs Vuture, rendering Moodle the sarving black child to Bb cum Prov’s vulture…. Ack!

    But don’t worry! Martin is still large and IN CHARGE and he still has a few of his posse (has he looked around?) left…..

  2. netbuoy
    March 27th, 2012 at 10:44 | #2

    Link for the above comforting posts from MD….

  3. May 15th, 2012 at 19:23 | #3


    I’m not particularly fond of having my words quoted to bash Moodle and I think it misrepresents my position. I like Moodle and I recommend it to whoever I think it would be appropriate for. I write blog articles about using it. I’ve developed plugins for it. I suggest improvements and make criticisms. That’s all part of participating in the Moodle community.

    Please read the post in its original context.

  4. May 15th, 2012 at 20:17 | #4

    @Matt Bury

    “I’m not particularly fond of having my words quoted to bash Moodle and I think it misrepresents my position.”

    Really? That’s odd since I quoted your entire post–minus the disturbing picture that even I thought was way over the top. And I added a link to your post just in case anyone wanted to see the image. So I’m at a loss as to what you are “not particularly fond of” unless it’s your own words.

    I think you suffer from the same phenomenon that afflicts many Moodle Disciples–one day you get the courage to speak your mind and you get slapped down by other disciples in the forums, then you jump back in line and try to spin what you originally wrote.

  5. Marc Grober
    May 15th, 2012 at 20:25 | #5

    Six weeks after the house burns down the arsonist is complaining that he didn’t mean for anyone to know that he burned the house down? Really? So, now that Matt has made an issue of this, we JUST HAVE TO KNOW WHY!?!? I was actually very impressed with some of the comments made in that thread and I can’t imagine why Matt is stirring it up again if he doesn’t want to draw attention and his comments are dead on, so why try to walk them back. Stiff upper lip Matt.

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