BBWorld 2021 Highlights: What’s New At Blackboard This Year?

LMS powerhouse Blackboard held the latest BBWorld 2021 last July. A fully online event —that’s still available on demand— where experts in education and technology share ideas, thoughts and even discuss paths for what is coming for the company and its thousands of clients (16 as of 2017), likely the largest LMS vendor worldwide. To […]

A New Way To Record Lessons For Your Students: What Is Panopto

Disponible en Español On this guide: Making sense of Panopto How it works Panopto’s business model Why use Panopto (or a competitor) Getting started with Panopto Is Panopto safe? Is Panopto accessible? Is it effective Using Panopto like a pro Panopto pricing in 2021 People also ask TO SUM UP: what is Panopto? The biggest […]

Open LMS Status Update: Managing Director Phillip Miller On Elearning Leadership Today

They were transitioning times for Open LMS —formerly Blackboard Open LMS— when the company announced the move from its Reston, Virginia parent to a new home under the encompassing roof of London-based Learning Technologies Group (LTG). Then, in a matter of days, the pandemic struck, bringing along drastic global lockdowns, school closures, then a sweeping […]

Blackboard News Roundup: Bb Chatbot, Access Ally, Alexa And More

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Meet the Blackboard Chatbot Powered By Ivy.AI, The Student Services team is launching the service, expected to help with administrative tasks. Recruitment, enrollment and technical support are some examples. The Value Proposition of the chatbot involves the secure use of the student’s personal information to provide answer customized to the individual. As we […]

Blackboard Data, & Pop-Ups In Your Open LMS? BOLMS Community Pulse

Looking for a simple, “hackish” way to color-code your LMS according to courses, or add pop-ups? Want to get acquainted with the Gradebook in more “natural” ways? And what’s the deal with Blackboard Data? Here are some of the most popular discussions at the Blackboard Community Forums in the past week. The focus on BOLMS […]

New Plugins On The Block! Compatible With Moodle, Totara, Blackboard Open LMS

Is there money in the Moodle stand? Despite the limited options to commercialize and promote Moodle plugins from within, and the prodigiously long review queue, the entrepreneurial spirit that comes along with open source learning remains defiant. Many of the new plugins here are the perfect illustration. Freemium, licenses, donationware or simply a talent showcase defy […]

What Is “Exemplary Practice” In Online Education? Sam Houston & Blackboard Explain

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For a workshop on last month’s BbWorld19 conference in Austin, Sam Houston State University’s Jacob Spradlin introduced to the audience “SHSU Online’s Rubric for Online Course Design.” It is both a source of collected evidence, and a comprehensive account of what constitutes “Exemplary Practice” across the dimensions of online learning. The guide is written in […]

The More Nothing Changes: The Pulse Podcast With Blackboard, D2L Leadership On LMS Future

The More Nothing Changes: The Pulse Podcast Interviews Blackboard, D2L Leadership On LMS Future

For episode No. 177, long-standing EdTech podcast The Pulse (unaffiliated with us) reproduced a panel discussion from the USciences eLearning 3.0 Conference, hosted by the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia on May 14th. The panel featured Blackboard’s Ryan McDonald and D2L’s Kenneth Chapman. Both companies sponsored the corporate-filled event and were present at the […]

‘Open Innovation Initiative’ By Blackboard To Lure Open Source Developers

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Updated on May 29th, 2019. To date, there are no updates on Blackboard’s Open Innovation Initiative. Development, however, is ongoing by judging from their GitHub activity. We have reached out to Blackboard and will update accordingly. With the likely goal of enticing more learning developers to adopt its platform, Blackboard has made a series of […]