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August 20, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Blackboard Competitor Desire2Learn Raises $85M

Desire2Learn, a Canadian-based LMS provider, raised $85 million in Series B funding, bringing its total external investment to $165 million.

August 14, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Blackboard Acquires CardSmith; Third Acquisition of 2014

Blackboard recently acquired CardSmith, a campus card solutions provider, marking their third acquisition of 2014.

July 21, 2014

K-12 Dealmaking: Blackboard Acquires Perceptis, IT Help-Desk Provider

Blackboard, a well-known leader in learning management systems, recently acquired IT help desk provider Perceptis, the company's second acquisition of 2014.

May 23, 2014

Blackboard Lands Arizona Contract for Educators' Online Learning, Collaboration

More than 60,000 educators in the state will have access to the system for professional development.

July 16, 2013

Blackboard, Amplify Deals Reflect Shifting Landscape for 'MOOCs'

Blackboard plans to give K-12 schools access to a platform to create "MOOCs," while Amplify will launch its first MOOC, focused on AP Computer Science.

May 31, 2013

New Texting Service to Report Bullying Gets National PTA Support

Students will be able to confidentially report and discuss bullying and other troubling incidents by text message with TipTxt, a new tipline offered by Blackboard, Inc., that is being promoted in conjunction with the National PTA.

May 23, 2013

Pearson, Blackboard Among the Most Acquisitive Ed. Companies, Analysis Finds

Pearson made 15 acquisitions and investments during 2012, making it the most active education company in that area, according to a report by CB Insights.

February 11, 2013

Aspiring Teachers Outpace Current Ones in Tech. Use, Survey Finds

Higher use of digital tools among aspiring teachers has led to a more self-directed approach to teacher preparation, concludes a new report.

October 22, 2012

Startup Raises $23.5 Million to Help Schools Manage Transcripts

Software company led by former Blackboard co-founder will use funds to provide intelligence on college-admissions process.

October 15, 2012

Blackboard Inc. CEO to Step Down

Michael Chasen, who co-founded the educational software company in 1997 and saw it through a $1.6 billion acquisition, will resign in December.

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