Blackboard Extends e-Learning Capabilities to Additional Learning Platforms
Blackboard Community, Content and Outcomes Systems Now Available to Entire Client Base
BOSTON, MA, Jul 10, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- BbWorld '07, Blackboard Annual Users Conference -- Blackboard Inc.
(NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise software
and services, announced today that the full capabilities of the
Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) are now available to clients who use
the Blackboard Learning System - CE Enterprise License(TM) (formerly
WebCT Campus Edition(TM)) and Blackboard Learning System - Vista
Enterprise License(TM) (formerly WebCT Vista(TM)). These product
offerings provide powerful capabilities that enable institutions to
develop collaborative communities, on- and off-campus, manage learning
content and assess learning outcomes.
These capabilities are available to academic institutions using the
Blackboard Learning System - CE 4, CE 6 and Vista 4 Enterprise
Blackboard merged with WebCT in February 2006 and announced plans at
last year's users conference, BbWorld '06, to continue to innovate and
support WebCT's e-Learning solutions. Today's announcement signifies
Blackboard's ongoing commitment to its entire community.
"We continually hear from institutions that their course management
system is vital to teaching and learning on campus," said Catherine
Burdt, Sr. Analyst with Eduventures, Inc. "As institutions embrace
new program types and new ways of delivering their academic programs,
the ability to provide additional functionality for delivering
content, building communities and assessing learning outcomes is
"The availability of the full suite of Blackboard e-Learning
solutions for our entire global community marks an exciting and
significant milestone," said Michael Chasen, president and CEO of
Blackboard. "These extended capabilities enable all members of the
Blackboard community to provide richer and more engaging educational
experiences. We are privileged to play a role in this important
The following Blackboard solutions will enable extended learning
The Blackboard Community System(TM) enables campuses to create online
communities for students and faculty. These communities enhance
information flow, improve student engagement and retention through
increased interactions and foster connections between students.
The Blackboard Content System(TM) enables increased collaboration and
efficiency in teaching and learning, by providing access to
educational content -- anytime, anywhere. This application makes it
easier to identify relevant learning resources, share key documents
with others and showcase accomplishments.
The Blackboard Outcomes System(TM) provides institutions greater
visibility around effectiveness and the tools and insight to guide
measurable improvement. The platform reduces the time and cost of
assessment by structuring, tracking and reporting on assessment
processes like accreditation and strategic planning. Academic and
administrative outcomes can be measured more easily using a
comprehensive set of instruments.
For more information about these extended e-Learning capabilities,
and products please visit www.blackboard.com.
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. Millions of people
use Blackboard everyday at academic institutions around the globe,
including colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other education
providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused
merchants that serve education providers and their students.
Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in
North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
Educate. Innovate. Everywhere.(TM)
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SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.