Wimba and Elluminate, both synchronous learning tools, have been purchased by the leading proprietary learning management company, Blackboard and have been re-branded already as Blackboard Collaborate. The news comes as a surprise to many (considering the similar market of both companies).
Implications for Moodle users are not yet known, but what is known is that Elluminate has been an increasingly popular synchronous learning plug-in for Moodle (Elluminate Live ELM). According to Blackboard business will continue,
Will you continue to support integrations with competing LMS products?The answer is YES. Our aim is to support learning and collaboration wherever it may occur, and wherever these products are used today. Both Elluminate and Wimba provide toolkits for integrating with open source and commercial learning management products, which we’ll continue… As a combined company we will maintain all existing service level commitments from Elluminate and Wimba. [link].
- Elluminate http://www.elluminate.com/
- Wimba http://www.wimba.com/
- Blackboard http://blackboard.com/
- Coverage at The Chronicle of Higher Education http://chronicle.com/blogPost/Blackboard-to-Buy-Two/25357/