Wow, what an incredible start to BbWorld ’09! The Gaylord/National Harbor Conference Center is a-buzz with
clients and Blackboarders alike who are excited about the announcements made
yesterday, the networking, sessions, sharing and learning that is going on this
year. For those of you who couldn’t make the trip to DC, here’s a snapshot of
what happened on Day 1:
From David Robinson, LMS Administrator – Georgia Gwinnett College
What were we thinking? Why would a brand new college in the throes of
creating a college culture, constructing a campus, and preparing for
accreditation decide to pilot a still-in-beta product with live courses in an
untested integration? When I put it that way, maybe we are crazy, or maybe
as was said of Hamlet, “Though this be madness, yet there is method in it.”
From Jim Till, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Marketing at Xythos
Jim Till, Chief Marketing Officer and Vice President of Marketing at Xythos (a Blackboard Company) has spent the last 15 years working together with customers and partners in the content management, collaboration and data storage areas. Last year, Jim began blogging about his work at Just Sharing, which is an entertaining and insightful read on key trends and developments in enterprise content management (ECM), collaboration, Software as a Service (SaaS) and online storage and security.
Last week, Ray Henderson, the newly appointed President of
Blackboard Learn, launched his self-titled blog, Ray Henderson. His blog will serve as
a unique channel for him to share insight about industry issues like openness,
standards and interoperability and his musings on various things in e-learning.
If you don’t already know, Ray was formerly Vice President and Chief Products
Officer at ANGEL Learning where he led product strategy, product development
and go-to-market efforts. After the ANGEL Acquisition in May, Ray joined
Blackboard as the President of Blackboard Learn.
From Michael L. Chasen, President and CEO of Blackboard Inc.
I’m writing today to communicate
the exciting news that Blackboard has acquired ANGEL Learning and to share with
you some of the thinking behind the combination.
Why put these two organizations
together? This combination was about getting better. At Blackboard
we’re always trying to improve, both by focusing internally within our company
and by looking externally to other organizations we admire, like ANGEL.
We admire them not just for their story of entrepreneurial growth and impact on
teaching and learning, but also for very specific strengths that we wanted to
add to our story and deliver to our clients: