If you’ve been staying up on edtech and startups you’ll notice that a ton of learning management systems and social learning platforms have been getting a lot of attention, and a lot of money.
- Facebook: launches groups for schools (file sharing and “class” space for students and teachers)
- Sophia: social platform purchased by Capella [link]
- Instructure: $8mm from OpenView Partners (among others) to go heads up with Moodle and Blackboard (and any other “antiquated” LMS)
- Schoology: $6mm investment from FirstMark Capital (among others) to go head to head with Moodle and Blackboard (or both?)
- IBM/Desire2Learn: partnership aiming to provide enterprise level LMS solutions to the largest school districts
Moodle made waves when Blackboard stepped in to purchase two leading Moodle Partners, but the code base and community have grown–really thrived–in the absence of outside capital. In a cutthroat learning management market Moodle has gained ground and market share on the back of its huge community and volunteer base.
Maybe the VCs should take note. Thoughts?