At last year’s Blackboard Conference (Bbworld ’09), I met Carol Vallone, the CEO of Wimba, who had been President and CEO of WebCT until it was acquired by Blackboard in 2006.
There were innuendos of something more than great synergy between the companies as we stood and chatted. It was one of those encounters that left one with one of those, “hmmm…” responses. I guess I know now.
Carol’s now sold another company to Blackboard.
I’m not complaining. Notre Dame uses Wimba and uses Blackboard. And there are enhancements we’ve noted which Wimba, as a smaller company, hasn’t been responsive to.
I am so looking forward to better integration between these two systems (read: GradeBook). But what of those schools who use Wimba with Moodle? Or Wimba with Sakai? Or Wimba with ..OH NO: Wimba with Desire 2 Learn???
Ray? Carol? Michael? Talk to us. What’s the plan?