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Radio killed the radio star?

Posted in Uncategorized by scarsonmsm on August 17, 2006

I’ve said before I thought Web 2.0 tools may supplant Learning Management Systems before too long, but I never thought that LMS providers were going to be the driving force. In a stunningly stupid strategic move, Blackboard—after basically becoming the only commercial game in LMS-town—has decided to attack the remaining competition with an absurdly broad patent claim. It looks to me like they’re hoping other LMS providers and users of those products will feel they don’t have pockets deep enough to go toe-to-toe with them on the issue.

While “use our product or we’ll sue you” may seem on its face to be a sound business strategy, it does feel like they’ve missed the point that wikis, blogs and other Web 2.0 tools are fast becoming familiar to educators and are already widely adopted by students. I’d already be willing to give up the LMS for a suite of Web 2.0 tools, and now I have a compelling argument for why it’s in my institution’s interests to allow me to do so. I’m not sure this is the situation Blackboard was trying to create. I’m also not entirely sad they’ve decided to do so…


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