Posts Tagged ‘Blackboard’

Harding University Dropping Moodle for Canvas

February 17th, 2013 2 comments

Harding University is just one of the droves of colleges and universities beginning to realize that Moodle’s 1990’s technology and pathetic security record is simply not meeting the demands for today’s learners or educators.

Harding dropping Moodle for Canvas:

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University of Texas LMS Comparison — Canvas First; Moodle a Distant Last Place

June 18th, 2012 No comments

Below are some of the key findings by the University of Texas LMS committee–the complete report is linked below. Bottom line: Of the 5 LMS’s they evaluated, Canvas came out on top, and Moodle was a distant last place. Page 5, user testing, has some sobering statistics for Moodle with nearly 88% of the students, staff, and faculty indicating they would not recommend Moodle as a replacement for Blackboard and Moodle scored far below all others on the usability survey.

Moodle = “1990’s technology in 2012”

Moodle Security Myth Continues

May 16th, 2012 No comments

Three years of egg on their face and the disciples over in moodle-land are still pushing the big Moodle security lie. Maybe they need to refresh their memories.

Good thing Blackboard bought Moodle…at least there is one secure LMS in the company to choose from and it isnt Moodle 🙂

Moodle Security = Oxymoron


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MoodleBoard Coming to a School Near You

April 12th, 2012 No comments

Now that Blackboard has effectively bought out Moodle, they are wasting no time making their presence noticed. Just look at the #Moodle hashtag on Twitter today and it’s right in your face. Moodle sells out and Blackboard takes over…of course, I still don’t see Blackboard in the Official Moodle Partner list over at 😉


Blackboard Owns Moodle — Will Never Buy Canvas

March 27th, 2012 1 comment

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.

A dose of Moodle reality by Matt Bury

March 26th, 2012 5 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.


Moodle Sells Out — Blackboard Buys It!

March 26th, 2012 2 comments

Blackboard announces the purchase of moodlerooms, the largest Moodle partner. For those of you who don’t know, Moodle partners pay a stipend (normally around 10%) to Moodle HQ. Wonder how much Moodle HQ got and will continue to get in this deal?

Not sure why this should surprise anyone…Moodle was never an open source project…it was always about pretending to be one, getting free labor and development from thousands of people, and making a handy profit off a closed business model. However, this announcement takes the business side of Moodle to a complete new level.

“Moodle fell right off the radar of pretty much everyone”

December 18th, 2011 No comments

I thought for sure we were headed for a showdown of Blackboard vs. Moodle. However as time progressed, even months before the RFP went out I could tell that there was a big buzz about Canvas. So much that Moodle fell right off the radar of pretty much everyone.


Moodle: 1990’s technology in 2011

University of Mary Washington Selects Canvas Over Moodle

October 10th, 2011 3 comments

This is  becoming an everyday thing now. I’m not sure I’ll be able to keep up with all the colleges, universities, and K12 systems that have decided to dump Moodle and move into the 21st century with their LMS, but whether I post about it or not, the move is happening.

San Antonio Community College Adopts Canvas — Moodle not even mentioned

October 3rd, 2011 No comments

I’m reminded of a line in that commercial…Lost another to Ditech, aka, Moodle lost another to _____________ you fill in the blank 🙂

A learning management systems task team composed of 20 faculty, four from each of the colleges, chose Instructure Canvas over Blackboard Learn 9.1 and 10 other systems during the summer.

“We took 12 proposals from various learning management system vendors and narrowed it down to two,” Usha Venkat, director of information and communication technologies, said Sept. 19.


Moodle = 1990’s technology in 2011!

Hawaii Department of Education Drops Moodle for Blackboard

September 29th, 2011 No comments

Hawaii Department of Education Selects Blackboard Learn 9.1 to Replace Open Source LMS.

The Hawaii Department of Education’s Extended Learning Opportunities and Student Support section has chosen Blackboard Learn™ 9.1 to replace an open source learning management system (LMS) Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) announced today. The platform provides online courses for over 1,200 students through the Hawaii Virtual Learning Network-ESchool (HVLN-ESchool) and over 500 teachers annually through the HVLN-Project Inspire program.

New Mexico State University Moves to Canvas — Moodle Stuck in the 1990’s

September 20th, 2011 No comments

NMSU will be replacing Blackboard CE 8 with Instructure Canvas as its learning management system (LMS) for the Summer 2012 semester.  View announcement here.

In a lengthy evaluation process at NMSU, Canvas received the highest evaluation marks from faculty and students and met the University’s evaluation criteria better than any of the other available options.

According to Steven Leask, senior project analyst for Instructional Innovation & Quality, who managed the evaluation process, the university’s LMS Task Force came to “unanimous agreement on what would be recommended. And there was no second choice.” The task force comprised about 25 faculty, students, learning specialists, and technology administrators from the Las Cruces and Community College campuses.

Quotable Tweets: Will BB buy Moodle for $1.98 ;-)

January 15th, 2011 No comments
RT @educhalk: Blackboard Buys Presidium #bett #bett2011 #bett11 #moodle < question is, "What hasn't Bb bought, and why?"
Marc Grober
@educhalk since @blackboard can purchase anything they want, what they don't want says as much as what they do #moodle #elearning
Marc Grober

Blackboard Buys Presidium

January 13th, 2011 No comments

Blackboard, known for its course-management software, is moving into a whole new sector. Today the company announced that it bought Presidium Inc., which provides outsourced call centers and consulting services for admissions, financial aid, and other student services, and also runs IT help desks for many colleges.

Blackboard paid $53-million to acquire the company, in a deal that wrapped up December 30...

Read story here…

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84 Blackboard Security Vulnerabilities — A “Research” Study?

November 10th, 2010 2 comments

A Dutch security company called Online 24 released a “research” study claiming to have found 84 security vulnerabilities in the Blackboard LMS. You can download the paper from Webwereld.

Research? Strikes me as simply a load of unsupported, extremely vague ramblings. Why would I say that? Maybe it’s due to their liberal use of “Imagine this” support in their “study”:

Imagine this situation:
“An attacker is able to gain access to files outside Blackboard’s document directory.
The attacker includes Blackboard’s access logs. These logs can be influenced by
the attacker, so exploitation would lead to a new highly dangerous vulnerability
that allows the attacker to execute custom commands on the Blackboard server.”

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Moodle & Blackboard — Can You Make the Connection?

October 16th, 2010 No comments

BALTIMORE — According to an SEC filing, Moodlerooms, Inc. has raised $7.15 million in equity investment.Founded in 2005, Moodlerooms provides an e-learning platform- using moodle, a free, Web-based Learning Management System–for K-12, higher education, corporations, government agencies, and non-profit organizations.

Named in the filing were Stephen Hoffman, chairman; Martin Knott, chief executive officer; Thomas Murdock, founder and chief architect; Louis Pugliese, president; James Miceli; Mark Leuba, chief technology officer; and directors and investors James Savage, Waltham, Mass.-based Longworth Venture Partners; Jason Palmer, New York-based Kaplan Ventures; and Mark Grovic, College Park, Md.-based New Markets Growth Fund.

Read more here…

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SunGard to sell Sakai LMS Services

September 29th, 2010 No comments

SunGard and Blackboard have largely kept out of each other’s turf, with Blackboard dominating the market for course-management systems and SunGard focusing on administrative software for student records and other tasks.

Now SunGard is crossing that line. For the first time, the administrative software company will directly sell a course-management system to colleges and universities.

SunGard is making the play through a deal with rSmart, a for-profit company that packages, supports, and hosts freely available software that has been produced through a collaborative “open source” process. Under the partnership, SunGard will sell subscriptions to rSmart’s version of Sakai, an open-source course-management system developed by universities.

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Blackboard buys Elluminate and Wimba

July 8th, 2010 2 comments

Now that Elluminate and Wimba are owned by the evil empire I wonder if all the Moodle disciples will stop using them? It’s going to be real funny watching the all those BB haters using Elluminate at their next Moodle developers meeting…and it will be even funnier when Moodle finally realizes it can’t keep up and BB owns them within the next couple of years 😉


In a fact sheet about the purchases, Blackboard officials promised to continue to support both products, including their compatibility with rival course-management systems and open-source systems. “We’ll honor all existing contracts for Elluminate and Wimba clients,” the company adds in the fact sheet.

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Google Launches New Course-Scheduling System

May 24th, 2010 No comments

Last week was a big one for Google fans in higher education. Google Wave opened its doors, and Google Voice now lets students get calls forwarded from their old numbers to their new phones. Google made one more announcement last week—about a new course-scheduling system, CloudCourse—that could potentially have implications for higher education. READ THE REST HERE.

And see the second comment in the comments section of the article…that’s coming and it’s a death sentence to the rigid, out-of-date LMS systems like Blackboard and Moodle. Blackboard may survive as it’s evolving into a full-fledged campus management system, but Moodle, being nothing more than a document repository, gradebook, and discussion forum, is well on its way to extinction.