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Special Notes on Recent Changes for Blackboard

From Russell Poulin, WCET (wcet.wiche.edu)

WIth characteristic thoroughness, WCET Research and Policy Analyst Russell Poulin has compiled the following information related to important changes in the Blackboard Learning Management System.

-The Future of Blackboard: As a Gartner research director and previously a faculty member and administrator at three different universities, Marti Harris has been monitoring the higher education software and services segment for a long time. She isn’t much surprised by the recently announced acquisition of Blackboard by private equity firm Providence Equity Partners. After all, she pointed out in this interview, Blackboard is the leader in the commercial learning management system space and continually reports strong growth not just in the LMS space but increasingly in multiple areas–collaboration, commerce, notification, and, most recently, services. “They were looking really attractive for this type of acquisition anyway,” she noted. Source: Campus Technology

Link:  http://campustechnology.com/articles/2011/07/01/the-future-of-blackboard.aspx

-Investment Bankers and Blackboard’s Future, Part One: Jim Farmer, Chairman of Sigma Group Inc., provides analysis of the acquisition of Blackboard by an equity partner firm. He looks to Blackboard’s future and what might happen in the hands of an equity partner firm. He also looks at what customers might expect. Source: e-Literate

Link:  http://mfeldstein.com/investment-bankers-and-blackboard%E2%80%99s-future-part-one-if-%E2%80%A6/

Bank of America Merrill Lynch Drops Rating On Blackboard: Bank of America Merrill Lynch is dropping its rating on shares of Blackboard (NASDAQ: BBBB) after it agreed to be acquired for $45 per share by Providence Equity Partners. Source” Benzinga.com

Link:  http://www.benzinga.com/analyst-ratings/analyst-color/11/07/1623410/bank-of-america-merrill-lynch-drops-rating-on-blackboard

-Blackboard Reassures Education Customers after Acquisition: Educational software maker Blackboard Inc. is being taken private for $1.64 billion in cash by an investor group led by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners, and a Blackboard official said the much-discussed purchase would not affect the company’s education customers, as the company would continue its focus on mobile learning and analytics. Source: eCampus News

Link:  http://www.ecampusnews.com/business-news/blackboard-reassures-education-customers-after-acquisition/

-Blackboard Gets Bought: The e-learning giant, known for gobbling up smaller companies, is gobbled up by a private equity firm. What does it mean for customers? Source: Inside Higher Ed

Link:  http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2011/07/05/blackboard_bought_by_providence_equity_partners

-What’s Next for Blackboard?: In discussion with a Blackboard leader, they are interested in K-12, enterprise solutions, and developing an open platform. Source: Hack Education

Link:  http://www.hackeducation.com/2011/06/30/whats-next-for-blackboard/

-Providence to Buy Blackboard for $1.64 Billion, Gain Education Software: Providence Equity Partners Inc. agreed to buy Blackboard Inc. (BBBB), an education-software maker, for $1.64 billion to expand in university course materials. With the deal, Providence adds to a for-profit education portfolio that includes college operator Education Management Corp. and English language specialist Study Group Pty Ltd. Blackboard’s software for online course materials and class discussions will help Providence profit from a surge in Web- based education, said Sterling Auty, an analyst with JPMorgan Chase & Co. in New York. Source: Bloomberg

Link:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-07-01/providence-equity-to-buy-blackboard-for-1-64-billion-in-education-deal.html.

-Private-Equity Firm to Buy Blackboard for $1.64-Billion: After months of speculation, Providence Equity Partners has purchased the maker of the most popular college course-management software. Source: Wired Campus

Link:  http://chronicle.com/blogs/wiredcampus/private-equity-firm-to-buy-blackboard-for-1-64-billion/32058?sid=pm&utm_source=pm&utm_medium=en

  1. Kathy
    July 7, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    We use Blackboard at our community college. It has a lot of benefits and things that teachers can do to be innovative. You can blog, you can import videos, etc. It really has a lot of options for teachers to vary classroom teaching.

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