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March 11, 2020

(Blackboard) 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.

March 20, 2015

(Blackboard) 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.

November 5, 2012

(Blackboard) 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.

(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.

October 14, 2012

(Blackboard) 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.

March 26, 2012

(Blackboard) 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.

(Blackboard) 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.

October 4, 2011

(Blackboard) 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.

July 1, 2011

(Blackboard) 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.

July 26, 2006

(Blackboard) 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.

February 28, 2006

(Blackboard) 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.

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