Strewth! What next? The elearning community experienced once again the shifting sands of the big guns in elearning.
An announcement last week stated that:
Today, we’ve announced that Elluminate, Wimba, and Blackboard will join forces to bring together the leading technology products for synchronous learning and collaboration – and the minds that created them – in what we hope will be a major step forward to pursue new innovation.
What will that mean for us the teachers, the end users and the mentors? How should we react? This is change – and doesn’t everything change in this environment – frequently? We’re only just getting over the Ning announcement of no more free networks! Well we survived that one – we made our decisions – stay and pay – or go elsewhere.
We’ve seen the coming and going of tools and platforms that gain our attention, sweep us into action, engage our minds and generate enthusiasm for our courseware delivery strategies. We’ve excitedly embraced new tools as they came on the scene and guided us into greater collaboration and networking; we’ve built our projects for elearning innovation by exploring and selecting the tools that do the job best; and we’ve invested many hours of our own personal time in assisting others learn how to use them.
So what’s all the fuss about? Okay Blackboard – does this mean that it too, as a respected and preferred, learning management system for the many, will change for the better? Seems like it will – the name sounds right!
So what about Elluminate? Will it remain as an affordable virtual classroom/meeting place? Can we still gain access to the free V rooms? How will it affect the third party distributors? TVC in Victoria has committed its support to the hosting of both Blackboard, Moodle, Mahara and Elluminate for RTOs throughout the state? What happens to those agreements?
Then there’s the Wimba element – well that was already amalgamated inside Blackboard – so no big change there? Or is there?
What do we do now?
- visit this site for further information
- visit the discussion forums devoted to the Blackboard Collaborate discussion forum at:
Next thing NOT to do is PANIC! Let’s wait and see what spins out of this big merger. Let’s continue to do what we do best and advise our teachers and professionals on a sensible course of action in their choice of tools for blended elearning.