Leaked Blackboard Data Reveals Extent of Information Available to Staff

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on March 1st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The cross-section between the expanding reach of the Internet and the erosion of personal privacy has been well documented as more and more of our lives are being lived out on the proxy of our online self …” (more)

[Jack Power, College Tribune, 29 February]

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Blackboard vs Facebook at NUI Galway

Posted in Teaching on January 28th, 2013 by steve

“For almost a decade, there has been continued debate about the death of Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs) such as Blackboard, Moodle, and Sakai. As technology evangelists and futurists have prophesied the death of email, telephone landlines, and other ageing technologies, so too has the VLE been heralded to become as extinct as the dinosaur …” (more)

[Learning Technologies, 28 January]

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Course-Management Companies Challenge MOOC Providers

Posted in Teaching on November 1st, 2012 by steve

“Two software companies that sell course-management systems, Blackboard and Instructure, have entered the race to provide free online courses for the masses …” (more)

[Alisha Azevedohe, Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 November]

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Blackboard’s buyout suitors may signal heightened interest in education tech sector

Posted in Governance and administration on April 25th, 2011 by steve

“The range of companies suggested as potential suitors for Blackboard was varied after news broke last week that the online learning management company had received multiple unsolicited buyout offers. Some analysts surmised textbook publishers looking to stake a digital footprint made sense. Others thought Microsoft, Oracle or another software giant might bite …” (more)

[Steven Overly, Washington Post, 24 April]


Face-Off — Moodle v. Blackboard

Posted in Governance and administration on October 27th, 2010 by steve

“Moodle, the open-source software for managing courses, is gaining ground on Blackboard, the best-selling commercial system. Leaders from both software projects discuss coming features, including better interfaces for smartphones and integration with other education software.” (video)

[Jeff Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 26 October]

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Content’s Slow, But Inevitable, Rationalization in Higher Ed

Posted in Teaching on October 15th, 2010 by steve

“From The Chronicle (October 13) comes an interesting piece on BlackBoard’s move to start offering pre-designed courses in the online higher education market. With this, they join other companies that have begun selling not only technology and services, but actual academic content …” (more)

[Higher Education Management Group, 14 October]

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Inquiry Found ‘Gross Academic Fraud’ by Students and Employees at U of Texas at Brownsville

Posted in Legal issues on August 3rd, 2009 by steve

USA“Student workers and other employees at the University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College committed ‘gross academic fraud’ by misusing the institutions’ Blackboard course-management system to steal test answers, The Brownsville Herald reported on Saturday, citing a university police report from an investigation last year. Former student employees of the Office of Distance Education, which manages Blackboard, confessed to a police investigator that they had used the online system to obtain test answers for themselves or to give or sell to other students …” (more)

[Charles Huckabee, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2 August]

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