ERIC Number: EJ814296
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep-12
Reference Count: 0
Blackboard Customers Consider Alternatives
Young, Jeffrey R.
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n3 pA1 Sep 2008
Blackboard has become the Microsoft of higher-education technology, say many campus-technology officials, and they do not mean the comparison as a compliment. To them the company is not only big, but also pushy, and many of them love to hate it. This article reports that a growing number of colleges are switching to Moodle, a free, open-source course-management system, or Sakai, another free program. Those systems have grown feature-rich enough to pose serious challenges to Blackboard. A new software called Blackboard NG, for Next Generation, is supposed to keep the company a step ahead and keep some dissatisfied college clients from leaving for open-source alternatives.
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Computer Uses in Education, Computer Software, Management Systems
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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