A Perth company that has become a global leader in the education software market is facing uncertain times as main rival Blackboard takes over two of its biggest partners.
Moodle develops online course management software based on open source – providing the software free of charge.
There are about 70,000 known sites worldwide using Moodle and include Ming Chuan University in Taiwan, the Technological University of Chile, Challenger Institute of Technology, La Trobe University and the University of Western Australia, which switched to Moodle this year.
The company’s revenue is dependent on a percentage of earnings made by its approximate 50 world-wide ‘partners’ that provide services and support to clients using Moodle.
“We’re in a very shaky place at the moment, mostly because of the unknowns,” Mr Dougiamas said.
“They are a big competitor, so if at some point they say ‘well this hasn’t worked’ and just extract what assets they can out of those companies and close them down, then that would be a big hit on me, because they were two of the most significant partners.”
Mr Dougiamas said he would have to wait and see if this were the case.
“They (Netspot and Moodlerooms) have done very well out of this,” he said.
Mr Dougiamas said that despite the rise of Moodle use, that did not necessarily correspond with growth within the company and it had, in fact, found the environment difficult in recent years, specifically around attracting staff.