Competition at universities not limited to athletics

Yet another buyout/takeover in the educational arena. According to today’s Wired Campus from The Chronicle of Higher Education, Blackboard Inc. plans to purchase Angel learning, another online course-management company.

UF’s course-management system initially was WebCT. But then WebCT was purchased by Blackboard.

The Poynter Institute’s course-management system for NewsU has been Angel, which I had learned to use when creating “Reporting Across Platforms” with Judy Robinson and Victoria Lim. Now Angel will be part of Blackboard.

The buyout/takeover/merger approach is similar to many of the textbook companies.

Are teachers and students better served by having larger organizations and fewer choices for educational resources?

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