Anthology, which acquired Blackboard in the fall, or more accurately whose private equity primary owner Veritas Capital acquired Blackboard and combined with Anthology in the fall, announced a new deal with Class Technologies. Class is the company founded and run by Blackboard co-founder and former CEO Michael Chasen that provides education-specific virtual classroom software on top of Zoom. From the announcement:

Class Technologies Inc., a leader in the synchronous virtual classroom space, and Anthology, a provider of education solutions that support the entire learner lifecycle, today announced they have signed a definitive agreement for Class to acquire Anthology’s Blackboard Collaborate virtual classroom tool.

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Some insights into the post-pandemic world of education . . .

Inside Higher Ed Survey

Inside Higher Ed puts out an annual survey of chief academic officers from US colleges and universities, and the 2022 data were just released. The findings are valuable even with the low number of responses – in 2018 Gallup collected 516 responses for a 19% response rate, whereas in 2022 Hanover Research collected 178 responses for an 8% response rate.

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Some breaking news relevant to the LMS market . . .

Blackboard Collaborate Sold

Anthology, which acquired Blackboard in the fall, or more accurately whose private equity primary owner Veritas Capital acquired Blackboard and combined with Anthology in the fall, announced a new deal with Class Technologies. Class is the company founded and run by former Blackboard co-founder and CEO Michael Chasen that provides education-specific virtual classroom software on top of Zoom. From the announcement:

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Dear Market Analysis Subscribers,

With our K-12 report nearing completion, let’s take a sneak peak at one of the topics included.

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Surprising Higher Ed LMS Data from Faculty Watch

The National Association of College Stores (NACS) puts out the best data on student spending and adoption of learning materials in North American Higher Education through their Student Watch series, but they have a lesser-known companion series of Faculty Watch also created by OnCampus Research. The latest Faculty Watch data has some surprising LMS data.

The 2021 study was conducted across 19 two- and four-year institutions in the U.S. and Canada. The online survey was distributed via email link to faculty members at each participating campus between October-November 2021. Approximately 1,650 responses were successfully collected and analyzed.

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Welcome to our new subscribers, and thanks as always to our long-time readers. 2022 is shaping up to be a big year for LMS market news, even if it is based mostly on existing providers (more below), and an even bigger year in related markets such as Online Program Management (OPM). If you have interest in OPMs and haven’t seen yesterday’s public PhilOnEdTech blog post, you might want to check it out. I’m hearing that the details of pending Department of Education changes targeted as tuition revenue sharing models is expected in days, not weeks. I’m not fully confident on this prediction but wanted to pass it on to subscribers.

Speaking of sources and advance notice on news – it is so nice to be able to travel to conferences again, despite the $10+ beer in conference hotels.

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Welcome to our new subscribers, and thanks as always to our long-time readers. As you likely noticed, we took a bit of a break from writing after our Year-End 2021 Higher Ed LMS report, but it’s time to jump back on the saddle and share newsletter content as well as upcoming reports on K-12 LMS and other markets.

Reminder on Access to Past Reports and Newsletters

As a reminder, all subscribers can access our past LMS market analysis reports and paid newsletters via the mindwires.com website. Under the Subscriber Management top menu item, login and then move to the Market Analysis for Subscribers page. There you will find a summary of the most recent three reports and newsletters.

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Dear EdTech Market Analysis Subscribers,

With our Year-End 2021 Higher Ed LMS report right around the corner (you should expect it in your inbox next week), I’d like to share one graphic from the report ahead of time and spend some additional time describing it. One caveat (as before): we are finalizing our edits and doing QA on the report, so it is possible that some of the data below will change by a percentage point or two within the final report.

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Dear EdTech Market Analysis Subscribers,

Welcome to 2022 and the EdTech Market Analysis service! Omicron may not be your favorite greek letter right now, but this should be an exciting year as the general sector of higher education defines and enters a new normal. The LMS and associated EdTech markets are more important than ever, but there is a lot of change to expect.

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Dear LMS Market Analysis Subscribers,

We at MindWires looking forward to January and the Year-End 2021 Market Analysis Report. We are working on improvements to our service and have gotten valuable feedback from subscribers. One theme has been that there is value in sharing more cross-product market analysis. For example, below I show a graph of the product overlap between the LMS and Video Conferencing systems.

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