From moodlenews by Joseph Thibault
Expanding its UK market, Blackboard has purchased Remote-Learner UK which served about 100 clients in the UK and Ireland and all of its support staff. In addition to the clients, it also will now have some control/maintenance obligation over ELIS (Enterprise Learning Intelligence System) which was released to the community in years past and provides a robust platform for reporting, enrollment management, analytics and outcomes and perhaps the recently announced Office 365 integration and suite of addons.
This news comes just three years after the purchase by Blackboard of Moodlerooms and Netspot, two of the largest Moodle Partners at the time. The acquisition has solidified Blackboard as one of the largest LMS and educational server providers worldwide and one of the largest Moodle Partners as well.
Blackboard Acquires Remote-Learner UK
Two Companies Join Forces to Bring More Solutions and Services to the Open Source Community
London, 10 April 2015 – Blackboard today announced the acquisition of Remote-Learner UK, a leading provider of open source solutions to the education industry, primarily in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The acquisition will allow Blackboard to offer more services and solutions to institutions and business that leverage Moodle, one of the most widely used learning management systems (LMS) in the world.
Today’s announcement marks the latest investment and commitment made by Blackboard in open source since the acquisition of Moodlerooms and NetSpot in 2012. Since officially joining the open source community, Blackboard has contributed code, bug fixes, quality assurance and platform integrations to Moodle and provided substantive engagement at important community gatherings.
Remote-Learner UK, a subsidiary of the U.S.-based Remote-Learner.Net, Inc., provides hosting, support and consulting services in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other regions around the world. Its Enterprise Learning Intelligence System (ELIS) offers greater management of learning programmes and includes features, such as enrollment management tools, notifications, reports and analytics, and learning outcomes.
“Openness and interoperability are fundamental to Blackboard as online ecosystems expand and evolve to meet the changing demands of learners and faculty,” said Mark Strassman, senior vice president of product management of Blackboard. “The addition of Remote-Learner UK to the Blackboard family expands how we are able to support any organisation, regardless of its LMS, with the right blend of technology, resources and services that meet their unique needs. We couldn’t be more excited to work together to improve the educational experience for students all over the world.”
“As a long standing member of the Moodle community in the United Kingdom and worldwide, we are excited to join forces with Blackboard in helping millions of students and hundreds of institutions and businesses be successful in their unique teaching and learning needs and goals,” said Sean Keogh, founder and managing director of Remote-Learner UK and a leading voice in the expansion of the Moodle community in the United Kingdom. “Blackboard has demonstrated their commitment to open source over the past several years and I am confident the UK Moodle community will benefit from this acquisition. Together, we will be able to better serve our customers and offer new solutions and services that will improve their educational experience.”
Moodlerooms and Remote-Learner UK will co-host a Moodlerooms Teaching and Learning Forum in Liverpool on 14-15 April to bring their communities together for the first time and share best practices around teaching online, assessment, adoption, and outcomes.