I've noted this elsewhere, but found it striking enough to repeat here: BlackBoard and WebCT, the world's predominant course management systems (CMS) providers, are merging. That is, BB is devouring WebCT.
What does this mean? A few first thoughts:
One business now has the lion's share of the CMS market. BB is the new Microsoft for this field.
BB's Incentive to innovate just dropped still further.
The conflict between proprietary and open source CMSes just deepened. I expect a BB FUD campaign or two. Watch for them to paint Sakai as, oh, elitist and overambitious. And Moodle et al, perhaps too amateurish, or beneath competition.
What will happen to WebCT courses archived, being run now, planned for spring '06? Will they persist as WebCT safe havens within the BBverse, or get morphed into the new order?