Blackboard to Discontinue Support for ANGEL Course Management
Penn State announced some good news yesterday for those tired of the headaches provided by ANGEL. ANGEL’s owner, Blackboard, will discontinue its support for the course management platform starting in October 2015.
But here’s the bad news: Penn State will keep using the system through the end of its contract in December 2017.
Blackboard, the company that has owned ANGEL since 2009, will continue to provide limited operational support to Penn State until the end of the contract — meaning that students and faculty can continue using the site as usual until 2017.
Blackboard will only provide support that will help maintain functionality and won’t assist with other problems like bug fixes. ANGEL also uses a number of other third-party technologies that have reached the end of their lifespan, which means Penn State will have to make a switch.
Penn State is currently searching for an alternative course management system. LionPATH, a replacement for eLion, is still in the works.