Educational Technology

October 21, 2012

Blackboard’s New Bag

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:35 am

By Steve Kolowich, Inside Higher Ed

Blackboard has become the latest company to get into the business of helping colleges and universities build online programs. The company, which built its education technology empire on selling software and implementation support, has upped investment in its “online program management services” in an effort to compete with a growing number of entities that are taking aim at the many colleges that are scrambling to reassert, or reinvent, their brands on the increasingly crowded frontier of online higher education. The field of companies courting institutions that need help with the funding and logistics of building a viable online arm is also crowded. Bisk Education and Embanet+Compass, along with Pearson, are perhaps the most visible players, but Academic Partnerships, Deltak, 2tor and Learning House have also built successful businesses doing online program development for colleges.

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