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Cengage Learning and Blackboard Launch Digital Content Integration

Solution Gives Students and Teachers Streamlined Access to Cengage Learning Digital Solutions Directly through Blackboard Learn

May 9, 2012

Stamford, CT and WASHINGTON – May 9, 2012 – Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions and Blackboard Inc. today announced availability of an integrated solution that gives instructors and students streamlined access to Cengage Learning’s rich digital learning solutions and core curriculum content directly through the Blackboard Learnlearning management system.

The integration, which creates a simpler and more intuitive user experience, allows for single sign-on, embedded activity links and gradebook synchronization for Cengage Learning’s MindTap platform, as well as single-sign on and placement of embedded links at the activity level for CourseMate products – all through the Blackboard Learn platform.

“Cengage Learning is committed to the integration of growing numbers of our digital products into Blackboard Learn, extending an institution’s existing investments in Blackboard technology while providing the best of both worlds for Cengage Learning and Blackboard Learn customers,” said William Rieders, Executive Vice President, Cengage Learning. “Instructors can now realize the full power of the integrated experience all through their Blackboard Learn workflow, which frees up valuable time.”

“We’re excited to give users an even better teaching and learning experience in Blackboard Learn with digital content from Cengage Learning accessible right within the system, presented in a simple and intuitive way,” said Matthew Small, Chief Business Officer at Blackboard. “This partnership with Cengage enables us to give students and instructors an easy way to find and use high quality learning content and tools.”

The integration is made possible through Cengage Learning's standards-based, Web-services architecture – MindLinks – and the Blackboard Building Blocks™ program which leverages the open APIs of the Blackboard Learn platform. For all CourseMate titles, the integration includes the ability to directly link within Blackboard Learn to individual assets, including student activities and the eBook.

Blackboard is part of the Cengage Learning MindShare Alliance Partner Program and Cengage Learning is a Blackboard Strategic Partner™ in the Blackboard Partnerships Program™. For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit http://www.blackboard.com/learn. For more information about Cengage Learning, please visit www.cengage.com or email mindlinks@cengage.com.


About Cengage Learning
Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company's products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it. Through the company’s unique position within both the library and academic markets, Cengage Learning is providing integrated learning solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Cengage Learning's brands include Brooks/Cole, Course Technology, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth, among others. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Stamford, CT. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit www.cengage.com.

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

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CONTACTS
Matt Maurer, Blackboard
(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or matthew.maurer@blackboard.com

Lindsay Brown, Cengage Learning
(203) 965-8634 or lindsay.brown@cengage.com