#Blackboard buys Moodlerooms and Netspot

April Fool’s joke? Nope..

Blackboard has bought two Official Moodle Partners. Blackboard has not bought the Moodle software.newspaper

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):

@moodler tweet@moodler tweet@moodler tweet

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 : )

Stay up to date with Moodle 2.0 News at Moodle Monthly @moodlenews & Twitter

updatedJust a quick note to stay updated with Moodle 2.0 news at Moodle Monthly. Moodle 2.0 Beta recently came out and is available at Moodle.org for download.

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Other Pokies ways to keep informed of the development of Moodle 2.0

Moodle Link Love

Moodle Announcements


Great Post: “Moodle is an Airport!” (GlobalClassroom)

On another note, I plan to write a few posts about our district’s experience with the Moodle-Google SSO module. I will be co-presenting at the TIES 2009 Conference about payday loans lenders this and in January I will be giving a short presentation to another district with my co-worker.

I hope to write up a few posts with bits and pieces and maybe attach some of the slides or parts of our presentation. Happy Moodling!

Moodle Link Love

Moodle Announcements

Planet Moodle

Around the Corner-MGuhlin.org blog posts

Other Links

ischool Learning Network – videos

Moodle 1.9.5 & 1.8.9 now available

Martin Dougiamas recently posted on Moodle Announcements that latest stable releases of 1.8.x and 1.9.x are now available.

There are many small bug fixes and some new features in each release, but the main two things you need to know about are the gradebook interface changes in 1.9.5 and some important security issues. – Read more

Related Links:
Release notes for Moodle 1.9.5
Release notes for Moodle 1.8.9
Moodle 1.9.5 and Moodle 1.8.9 are now available – Martin Dougiamas post

What you paint is what you get

Have you ever wished there was a way for students to draw or paint in Moodle? If so, you’ll be pleased to hear that one of our GSOC 2009 projects is a paint tool for Moodle.. read more

This is a bit late (first posted on Moodle.org on May 8th) but Helen Foster posted a Moodle Announcement about a paint tool being developed. Read more about it.

Moodlerific on Twitter!

I have created a Twitter account for Moodlerific. Although I do post some Moodle related news and information on my personal Twitter account, this account will be everything Moodle and Moodlerific information. Follow Moodlerific!

Google Summer of Code 2009

Check out Helen Foster’s latest Moodle Announcement about Moodle taking part in the Google Summer of Code.