Friday, July 17, 2009

Blackboard buys TerriblyClever

Blackboard, the company that (among other applications) sells the course content management system that Cornell uses, has purchased MobilEdu, a company run by undergraduates from Stanford that developers university-centric services (such as GPS-supported maps, a directory, bills, courses, etc.) for the iPhone. Congratulations to the founders! I can only hope that this will have impact on Blackboard beyond new apps on the iPhone; the interface of the version of the Blackboard course management system that I have used has no Web 2.0 features and is very clunky. In addition, management of assignments and submission of solutions does not work well.

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