12 Tools for Online Education Collaboration

While your school's Learning Management System (e.g. eCollege, Moodle, Blackboard) may provide some assistance with these tasks, you will also find a wide variety of tools available to help you work together online.

Peter Smith, Chief Academic Officer of Kaplan, provides an insightful series on “Using IT to Increase Educational Effectiveness”

Smith has been a higher education innovator, helping to found the statewide Community College of Vermont in 1970 and serving for 10 years as founding president of California State University's Monterey Bay campus, beginning in 1995. Peter Smith, an Education Visionary and Global Academic Leader has created a dynamic and insightful series on Using IT to Increase Educational Effectiveness. An insightful series from a seasoned education innovator.

Pearson Acquires Connections Education

September 15, 2011. Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, is announcing today the acquisition of Connections Education from an investor group led by Apollo Management, L.P. Through its Connections Academy business, the company operates online or ‘virtual’ public schools in 21 states in the US—serving more than 40,000 students in the current school year. These virtual charter schools are accredited and funded by the relevant state and are free to parents and students who choose a virtual school in place of a traditional public institution or other schooling options.

Blackboard increases credit line for Edline merger/acquisition

Blackboard is expected to be merged with Edline LLC, another educational software firm. Providence purchased Edline in 2009. Standard & Poor's cut its corporate credit rating on Blackboard, to B+ from BB-, after the acquisition was announced.

Blackboard: A Tale Of 2 Companies

Despite actively marketing Blackboard 9.1, many university technology administrators view Blackboard as having skimped on research and development to focus on growth via acquiring LMS competitors like WebCT and Angel at the expense of expanding and refining their products. (There is also a mounting body of snafus that has given momentum to an anti-Blackboard movement on the Internet and among university technology staffers.)