Blackboard ProSites Delivers New e-Learning Solution for Organizations
Software as a Service Solution Facilitates Low-Cost, Fast Implementation Model to Meet Small-Scale Learning Needs
WASHINGTON, DC, Jun 26, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise
learning technology, today unveiled Blackboard ProSites(TM), a
software as a service (SaaS) e-Learning solution for organizations
with small-scale learning needs. The new offering provides
organizations in the commercial, public, and non-profit sectors the
ability to quickly get started delivering learning and development
programs in a branded portal environment.
Blackboard ProSites facilitates the creation and distribution of
training and development programs. The new platform fosters
participation, work groups, and communities of practice that improve
the overall learning experience. Delivered by the Blackboard
Consulting group, comprehensive services are included for system
set-up, testing, deployment, and instructor and learner training
delivered online for self-paced study.
"Small businesses, professional organizations, and corporate
divisions or departments need low cost, easy-to-implement systems to
manage e-Learning and professional education," said Josh Bersin, CEO
of Bersin & Associates, a research and advisory firm focused on
enterprise learning and talent management. "Blackboard's ProSites
offering should fit this need very well and provide an attractive
alternative to the traditional hosted LMS approach."
Blackboard ProSites is a low-cost annual subscription-based model
hosted by Blackboard ASP Services(sm). Millions of active users
across 450 clients rely on Blackboard ASP Services to ensure security
and reliability of their e-Learning environment. Hosting and
management of all hardware and software environments reduces the risk
and administrative costs to organizations.
"The new Blackboard ProSites solution is a fast, easy and affordable
way for organizations to get their training programs off the ground,"
said Tim Hill, President of Professional Education Solutions at
Blackboard. "What's more -- the interface and features will be
familiar to many people who have already used Blackboard technology
in high school, technical school, college or graduate school. This
new platform provides the next tier for many people in their lifelong
Blackboard ProSites will be available mid-summer 2007. For more
information about Blackboard ProSites, visit
www.blackboard.com/ProSites or call 1-888-719-6123.
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of e-Learning
software applications and related services. Founded in 1997,
Blackboard enables educational innovations everywhere by connecting
people and technology. Millions of people use Blackboard everyday at
corporations, associations, government agencies, and military and
academic institutions around the globe. Blackboard is headquartered
in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Australia
Educate. Innovate. Everywhere.(TM)
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SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.