I wrote back in March about the third anniversary of our acquisition of Moodlerooms and NetSpot and about the importance of open source in our company strategy. As promised, I am pleased to continue the conversation and share an exciting announcement: today, we have acquired Remote-Learner UK, a leading provider of open source solutions in Europe.

Remote-Learner UK is one of the most well-respected Moodle partners. Their small, but dedicated, team provides hosting, support and consulting services to more than 100 institutions and businesses throughout Europe and around the world. Through this acquisition, will be able to not only expand our European Moodlerooms network, but also work alongside a team that has deep open source roots. For example, Sean Keogh, the founder and managing director of Remote-Learner UK, was also the organizer of the first Moodle Moot in the UK more than a decade ago.

While today’s news further demonstrates our ongoing investment in Moodle, one of the most used LMSs in the world, it also creates new opportunities for our customers: the ability to leverage new service offerings and the chance to engage with new colleagues and partners around the globe. I am personally thrilled that this acquisition will allow us to create a bigger and stronger European-based community, enabling more learners and teachers that leverage open source to connect with each other and the broader Blackboard family.

Next week, we will be hosting a Moodlerooms Teaching and Learning Forum in Liverpool, as part of our broader annual Teaching and Learning Conference. All of our open source customers are invited to participate. I couldn’t be more excited and will be sure to share more from the event.

Today’s news reiterates a concept that is fundamental to Blackboard’s strategy: eLearning is an ecosystem, and we are helping move that ecosystem forward.

Stay tuned for more.


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