At least the fiasco is making the main stream press more and more. This reporter seems to get it to some degree.
"It may seem self-evident that virtual classrooms should closely
resemble real ones. But a major education software company contends it
wasn't always so obvious. And now, in a move that has shaken up the
e-learning community, Blackboard Inc. has been awarded a patent
establishing its claims to some of the basic features of the software
that powers online education."
You can read the full article at CNN