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September 14, 2021

Blackboard Anthology and Blackboard to Merge, Creating a Leading Global Provider of Education Software and Solutions. Anthology, a leading provider of proven higher education solutions that support the entire learner lifecycle, and Blackboard, a leading global EdTech software and solutions company, announced a definitive agreement to combine the two companies. The combination will create the most comprehensive and modern EdTech ecosystem available on a global scale. The merger is designed to accelerate transformation at education institutions to enhance the learner experience and drive student and institution success. [Full Announcement].

March 11, 2020

Blackboard Blackboard Inc. announces execution of definitive agreement to sell its Open LMS Business. Blackboard announced the execution of a definitive agreement to sell its Blackboard Open LMS business to Learning Technologies Group. The transaction enables Blackboard to further simplify its business and accelerate momentum in helping clients move to its Software as a Service deployment of Learn and Ultra, its next-generation Learning Management System. It will also allow Open LMS, a leading Moodle-based SaaS LMS, to increase its focus on the innovations and services that are core to its client base. The transaction is anticipated to close early in the second quarter of 2020. [Full Announcement].

March 20, 2015

Blackboard Blackboard completes acquisition of Schoolwires. Blackboard announced that it has finalized its acquisition of Schoolwires, one of the leading educational website, hosting and content management providers to K-12 schools and districts. With the close of this acquisition, Blackboard continues to demonstrate its commitment to be the leading K-12 provider of school websites and parent notification solutions. [Full Announcement].

November 5, 2012

Blackboard Blackboard unveils major update for flagship LMS. Blackboard unveiled a major new release for its flagship LMS Blackboard Learn, marking a significant milestone in the company's effort to bring new innovation to its core teaching and learning products. The release brings a fresh approach to the user interface, an emphasis on social learning and significantly improved value for institutions and educators working to improve student retention. [Full Announcement].

Blackboard Over seventy schools join beta for cloud-based learning object repository from Blackboard. Seventy two institutions have joined Blackboard in a beta program for xpLor, a cloud-based learning object repository that will be the industry's first to support multiple learning management systems. The beta is the largest ever offered by Blackboard, and includes the participation of institutions using Blackboard Learn, ANGEL, joule from Moodlerooms and Sakai. [Full Announcement].

October 14, 2012

Blackboard Blackboard announces CEO Transition. Michael L. Chasen has announced that he will step down as President, CEO and Director of Blackboard Inc. at the end of the year. Chasen will be replaced by Jay Bhatt, currently President and CEO of Progress Software. [Full Announcement].

March 26, 2012

Blackboard Blackboard Acquires Moodlerooms, NetSpot. Blackboard announced a major investment in open source with news that it has acquired Moodlerooms and NetSpot, two leading providers of open source online learning solutions to the education industry. Both organizations will continue to operate independently to support their clients. Moodlerooms and NetSpot are official Moodle Partners, and each will continue their current programs to support clients with no changes to their leadership or their support and service models. In addition, each team will also become part of Blackboard’s new Education Open Source Services group, dedicated to supporting the use and development of open source learning technologies globally. [Full Announcement].

Blackboard Blackboard Launches Open Source Services Group. Blackboard announced the launch of Blackboard Education Open Source Services, a new effort to support clients using open source education technologies. With the announcement, the company will continue to focus on its flagship Blackboard Learn platform as well as ANGEL and Edline, while also helping institutions successfully manage open source learning management systems including Moodle and Sakai. [Full Announcement].

October 4, 2011

Blackboard Providence Equity Partners Completes Acquisition of Blackboard Inc.. Blackboard announced the completion of its acquisition by an investor group led by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.64 billion in enterprise value, plus the assumption of approximately $136 million in debt. [Full Announcement].

July 1, 2011

Blackboard Blackboard to be acquired by Providence Equity Partners for $45.00 share in cash or $1.64 billion. Blackboard announced it has entered into a definitive agreement under which Blackboard will be acquired by an investor group led by affiliates of Providence Equity Partners in an all-cash transaction valued at approximately $1.64 billion, plus the assumption of approximately $130 million in net debt. [Full Announcement].

July 26, 2006

Blackboard Blackboard awarded patent on e-Learning Technology. Blackboard announced that it has been issued a U.S. patent for technology used for internet-based education support systems and methods. The patent covers core technology relating to certain systems and methods involved in offering online education, including course management systems and enterprise e-Learning systems. [Full Announcement].

February 28, 2006

Blackboard New integration tool will bring 85,000 papers to online learning communities. Blackboard and The Berkeley Electronic Press announced the launch of the ResearchNow Blackboard Building Block, a new tool that integrates with the Blackboard Learning System, enabling online access to tens of thousands of scholarly materials. The ResearchNow Content Building Block makes it possible for educators to search directly in Blackboard for access to more than 85,000 journal articles, working papers, institutional repository materials, theses and dissertations hosted within ResearchNow. Relevant resources may be easily selected and incorporated into the Blackboard Academic Suite. [Full Announcement].