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NOOKstudy—Barnes & Noble Breaks into the Lucrative Elearning Textbook Market

NOOKstudy, announced July 12, is Barnes & Noble's (BN) bold new effort to gain a foothold in the nascent etextbook market. The product was pre-released to a small group of college campuses this summer. BN expects the general release of the product for free, open use in August-to coincide with the beginning of the new school year. The software application promises to enable students "to manage all their digital content-etextbooks, class materials, and notes-on the computing device they rely on most, their PC or Mac."

Blackboard To Buy Elluminate And Wimba

(RTTNews) - Blackboard Inc. (BBBB: News ) said it agreed to acquire…

Blackboard, Desire2Learn Announce Patent Cross License Agreement and Settlement of Litigation

Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) and Desire2Learn Incorporated (Desire2Learn) announced today that the companies have reached an agreement to license each other's worldwide e-learning patent portfolios and settle all outstanding litigation between them.

The Next Open Source Movement

July 6, 2009 While the open source movement has taken off in course management systems, with Moodle and Sakai as alternatives to the dominant Blackboard, the administrative side of the house has been almost entirely corporate. While some colleges use home-grown systems, the norm has been to use any of a number of vendors for systems that allow colleges to manage and report on budgets, billing and many other functions crucial to running a college. These administrative software systems cost millions of dollars to install and manage, and any malfunctions can be hugely frustrating to institutions.

Learning Management Systems Podcasts from Learning Systems ’08

January 08 Elliott Masie interviews the CEO of these key Learning Systems companies on 4 key questions: