Moodle completes acquisitions, launching services platform

by Jeremy

Dive Brief:

  • Moodle, an open-source learning management system provider, completed an acquisition and merger of three companies, it said Monday. Moodle is using the assets to create a new services company called Moodle US.
  • Moodle US will offer custom development, learning design, scalable hosting solutions, implementation, training, and support for Moodle products.
  • The new entity is being led by Jonathan Moore, who co-founded My Learning Consultants, one of the three companies Moodle acquired.

Dive Insight:

Moodle announced in April that it was acquiring and merging the three companies: My Learning Consultants, Moonami Learning Solutions, and Elearning Experts. The three were Moodle partner companies, meaning they were certified to provide services to schools using Moodle products.

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Clients in every industry need vendors to help them implement open-source software packages, said Daniel Pianko, managing director at Achieve Partners, a private-equity firm focused on the future of learning and earning. Higher education is no different.

The acquisitions set up Moodle to provide services under its brand to customers like schools and colleges that use its LMS instead of relying on partners. It potentially sets up a competition between Moodle US and other Moodle service providers like Open LMS, a Moodle-based software-as-a-service platform Blackboard sold in 2020 to move away from the open-source LMS market.

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