Today, Blackboard announced the acquisition of Elluminate and Wimba to form a new Blackboard platform – Blackboard Collaborate. There’s lots of information and detail on this news at www.blackboard.com/collaborate (client letter, FAQ document, etc.) and much more to come next week at BbWorld in Orlando for those of you who will be there.

In the meantime, check out Ray’s blog for some initial thoughts:

ELLUMINATE AND WIMBA TOGETHER: Both are leaders in applying synchronous learning and collaboration technology to the education context. Both have very strong technical proficiency and service levels, and enjoy high client satisfaction as a result. They’ve built strong teams and great thought leadership about the application of real-time collaboration technology to many forms of educational collaboration. And our clients have chosen both in good number so we wanted to invest in both to serve our whole community, not just a portion of it. To us it’s a potent combination, and one that provides a strong signal about our beliefs about the educational value and need for further innovation to support social learning and collaboration.  To read more click here.

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