NEWS BIG NEWS: BLACKBOARD AND WEBCT TO MERGE
. As the news of the $180 million
and WebCT (www.webct.com
to merge” hit the wires, folks in the community were split: some were shocked,
while others had long expected it. According to Blackboard spokespeople, the two
companies will become a single company, with a single client base and shared resources.
The agreement to merge should be finalized late this year or in early 2006. UNVEILING
OF THE NEW IPOD
. Apple CEO Steve Jobs introduced a new Apple (www.apple.com
iPod that includes a 2.5-inch color screen (for photos and artwork), a video player
(for podcasts, music videos, home movies, and TV shows), and can hold up to 15,000
songs. DIGITAL HOLLYWOOD.
Hopping on the on-demand bandwagon, Warner Home
with Ruckus Network Inc. (www.ruckusnetwork.com
to offer feature films and television series episodes on digital entertainment
networks via Ruckus campus installations. The agreement between the two companies
will supply high-quality, fully licensed digital movies delivered straight to
students’ computer screens. Additionally, instructors can use the movies in the
classroom for instructional purposes. THE FUTURE OF MOBILE COMMUNICATIONS.
Mobile telecom giant Motorola (www.motorola.com
has launched MOTOFWRD, a nationwide competition challenging emerging innovators
to express—via words or visually—how they envision seamless mobility in the future.
Students from the science, technology, engineering, media, and arts fields are
encouraged to submit an entry. Researchers, futurists, authors, and others will
judge entries. 3, 2, 1... BLAST OFF!
manufacturer of high-end control and automation solutions, has approved the launch
of a new and improved Web site. The company has reorganized the content on the
site to include tech specs, product information, streaming media, and more. According
to Crestron spokespeople, visitors are now able to navigate more easily through
CATCH THE NEWS TODAY?
ABC News International (www.abcnews.go.com
and Thomson Higher Education (www.thomson.com
have teamed up to offer historic, raw news footage and video programming to higher
ed. The news footage and clips will be integrated into Web sites, eBooks, DVD,
VHS, CDROM, iPod, and PDA study aids for college classrooms. Video programs include
World News Tonight, Good Morning America, This Week, Prime Time Live, 20/20, Nightline,
and others. PREMIUM CMS.
Collaboration and enterprise portal provider Unicon
teamed up with RedDot Solutions (www.reddot.com
an enterprise content management company, to provide a combined CMS solution.
The partnership of RedDot’s CMS and Unicon’s Academus portal will give customers
a customized eLearning experience (built on the uPortal open source technology)
from within one interface.
NEW LMS CPO: Angel Learning gets Ray Henderson's expertise and track record.
CPO EXEC MOVES FROM PEARSON
. Angel Learning (www.angellearning.com
developer of enterprise learning management systems, has appointed Raymond P.
Henderson as its new chief products officer. Formerly Pearson ed technology development
prez, Henderson will “leverage his extensive experience in the education industry
and his passion for creating innovative educational products to lead the marketing
and development of the Angel Learning Management Suite of products,” say Angel