April Fool’s joke? Nope..
WASHINGTON – March 26, 2012 – Blackboard Inc. announced a major investment in open source today with news that it has acquired Moodlerooms and NetSpot, two leading providers of open source online learning solutions to the education industry. Both organizations will continue to operate independently to support their clients. read more
At first, I was like whattt..now I’m a bit confused, but honestly not (too) worried. I will take a few days to read others’ reactions and see if Moodle HQ has any official explanation..because truly – what’s in it for Moodle? Money? Will it make Moodle better? How? Before we panic, here are a few tweets from the Moodler himself (Martin Dougiamas):
And apparently Blackboard has launched a new effort, – he will probably post on Moodlnews.com soon.
I’ll weigh in on this a bit later but here are some blog posts for more opinions
Mark Drechsler – Blackboard Education Open Source Services – a personal view.
Mark Smithers – Blackboard Aquires Moodlerooms and Netspot
So what do you think? Will this make Moodle stronger? Is it the beginning of the end…the end of the beginning? I’m not sure “what this means” yet, I have to read what other people have to say before I come to any conclusion. I’d be very interested in seeing what smart business-like people think about this..someone with no ties to either side.
It came as a pretty big shock last night when the news broke, especially to the Moodle Community, but after the initial surprise I think there is some optimism and Martin’s tweets have brought people back from the ledge.
Either way, our district is excitingly forging ahead with Moodle 2 this summer and fall with no hesitation..as of now : )