Phil Hill recently posted on Michael Feldstein’s e-Literate site about his trip to Colombia to take a tour of Blackboard’s recent acquisition there: Nivel Siete. A good deal of the article is rightly dedicated to Nivel Siete and how that company is being used as a focal point and center of excellence for the greater Latin American market. It is worth a read for something of a deep dive into how Blackboard is making moves across the Latin American market and what that will mean for Bb’s Learn, Ultra and any integration possibilities (or grand strategy) with Moodle.
That said, what we found most compelling about the article was Phil’s statement that, due to Blackboard’s current portfolio of Moodle Partners (Remote-Learner UK, Moodlerooms, Netspot, Nivel Seite) it is responsible for 50% of Moodle HQ funding.
After the 2012 acquisition of Moodlerooms and Netspot, Blackboard had kept its promises of supporting the open source community – and in fact, Blackboard pays much more than 50% of the total revenue going to Moodle HQ
While the latest acquisitions clearly emphasize Blackboard’s deepening and continued support of open source, it also leaves questions about the ultimate future of Moodle at time when, to quote Phil “the Moodle community at large appears to be at an inflection point.”
Great post and article definitely worth a read over at e-Literate.
What’s your perspective – how is the continued growth of Blackboard into the Moodleverse changing how the Moodle community will grow and evolve into the future? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!