Today Blackboard announced a new division, Blackboard Collaborate, which is the destination of two new acquisitions with familiar names: Wimba and Elluminate.
From the official Blackboard Collaborate website: “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.” On that site are links to the email sent out to Blackboard clients, as well as oodles of additional information on the fact of the existence of Blackboard Collaborate. The site mentions “Hear more at BbWorld”, which should be nice as I’ll be spending next week attending the BbWorld conference. (Feel free to comment this post with any Blackboard Collaborate-related questions you’d like to have answered!)
Although things are still shaking out on Twitter, it looks like the hashtag to watch for on this topic is #BbCollab.
At any rate, there will be many questions to ask about this conglomeration. One specific concern that seems ignored by all the current information is the role of the Wimba Voice Tools (which is not a synchronous communication tool, and doesn’t fit the “live chat” motif of the LiveClassroom and Elluminate Live! tools) in this bold new future. I’ll be sure and post more about it here, as I discover the answers at BbWorld!