Blackboard Owns Moodle — Will Never Buy Canvas
I love it when people tell it like it is…especially when that person is the leader of a very successful endeavor and doesn’t care that the truth may offend the “elites” in the industry. Kudos to the Canvas leadership for putting it out there.
But what about open source? Yes Ray Henderson talks a lot about open source, but clearly it’s eyewash. Blackboard hasn’t changed, but hope springs eternal.
So, what’s going to happen now? Expect more confusion. I don’t think it requires much imagination to suppose that the Moodle and Sakai community will become even more jumbled and Blackboard will shove innovation even further back on the burner.
And what about Instructure? Most of our customers are former Blackboard schools. We rarely see Moodle or Sakai make it to the short list of any education institution. We launched only 13 months ago and have just closed our 128th school. Why did Alamo Colleges, Auburn, Brown, Maricopa Community Colleges and Wharton pick us? Because Canvas is the open, full featured LMS platform, built on modern technology, native to the cloud. Instructure is about innovation.
And no, Blackboard can’t buy us – it’s not all about the money. (Yes, that’s my 2011 W-2.)
And in related news, it seems the Moodle lead dev isn’t getting a lot of love related to this sellout and he doesn’t seem to be taking it well…see screenshot below
The Blackboard PR department may have to contact him and provide some training on maintaining the proper corporate image. Maybe the training department can travel to Australia and provide that training to all MoodleBoard employees like, according to the Chronicle, the BB leadership did when asking for his blessing on this deal:
Officials from Moodlerooms, NetSpot, and Blackboard recently traveled to Australia to tell the inventor of Moodle, Martin Dougiamas, of their plans, and in a way, to ask for his blessing. He is quoted in a press release by Blackboard as saying that he will continue to consider Moodlerooms and NetSpot official Moodle partners.