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August 01, 2006

Blackboard patents the LMS/VLE

And Harold Jarche asks, "does it matter?".

More commentary on this by Michael Feldstein and Stephen Downes.

I hope we can use this as an opportunity...perhaps Tony Karrer is correct and that we are at the point of technology disruption, and we'll see the LMS displaced by simpler technologies with different non-functional characteristics (following the typical technology pattern).

Nice image:

technology adoption graph: LMS replaced by PLE as LMS features grow beyond user needs while other factors remain unchanged

Though this helps explain what is being expressed in shorthand above:

An explanation of the innovators dilemma using the example of the growth of cameraphones to challenge digital cameras

Which we can merge into:

the above figure substituting ple/vle for camera/cameraphone

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