Association for Learning Technology Online Newsletter
Issue 2   Monday, October 24, 2005

ISSN 1748-3603

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Blackboard and WebCT to merge
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Issue 1
August 5, 2005
Blackboard and WebCT to merge
by Graham McElearney

On 12 October, 2005 Blackboard and WebCT, the world’s two largest commercial providers of VLE solutions, announced a plan to merge, taking effect from next year. Both companies stress that, whilst ultimately their respective product set will also merge, “the combined company will continue to develop, innovate, upgrade, improve and support both Blackboard’s and WebCT’s products including WebCT Vista, WebCT Campus Edition, Blackboard Academic Suite and Blackboard Commerce Suite”.

Crucially, for many institutions currently deploying these products, the new company (to be named Blackboard) pledges to “continue to maintain the same level of commitment to support and service level agreements, and there will be no interruption in the service you receive today”. More information and a link to a joint press release can be found at:

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