Learning managment system giant Blackboard Inc.'s May 6 announcement that it would acquire up-and-coming competitor Angel Learning for $95 million has some educators concerned about Blackboard's continued growth--and the dwindling of learning management system (LMS) options for schools and colleges.

Blackboard officials said the acquisition would bolster the company's service and support, allow for more investment in research and development and increased interoperability in schools.

"Now as part of Blackboard, we're confident that we can together help the combined client community advance eLearning and student achievement," Christopher Clapp, Angel Learning president and CEO, said in a statement. 

Blackboard merged with rival WebCT (at


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