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Blackboard Executives Selected to Serve on IMS Global Learning Consortium Boards

WASHINGTON, DC, Aug 06, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of enterprise technology to the education industry, announced today that IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC), has appointed Blackboard's President & CEO Michael Chasen, to the organization's Executive Strategic Council and elected Blackboard's President of North America Higher Education and Operations Peter Segall, to its Board of Directors. IMS GLC is a worldwide non-profit organization dedicated to developing and promoting the adoption of open technical specifications for interoperable learning technology.

In their roles with IMS GLC, Chasen and Segall will bring extensive knowledge, experience and expertise on global learning challenges and best practices in the use of technology in education.

"At IMS Global Learning Consortium our goal is to continue to raise the bar on the expectations for the learning impact possible through use of technology," said Rob Abel, Chief Executive of IMS GLC. "As we stress the relevance of educational innovation and strategic thought in shaping the global industry, IMS GLC is pleased to have Michael and Peter join us in supporting the mission of developing standards to enhance education innovation around the world."

Blackboard has a long, productive history of working with the IMS GLC. This year marks a decade since Blackboard began its relationship with the organization, demonstrating Blackboard's commitment to developing standards for the use of technology in education.

Blackboard is an active participant on the IMS Common Cartridge specification working group, an important initiative to develop a specification enabling portability of course content across Course Management Systems and other delivery platforms. In addition, Blackboard is actively participating in the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability and IMS Enterprise Services working groups. The goals of these specifications center on data interoperability amongst learning tools, course management systems and student information systems.

"It's a privilege to be appointed to IMS's Executive Strategic Council," said Chasen. "IMS, as an organization, has been instrumental in establishing interoperability for learning systems and content both nationally and worldwide. The Council provides an excellent opportunity to guide IMS priorities and identify the challenges facing the education industry."

"The IMS Board of Directors, whose members are elected by IMS Contributing Members, aims to advance technology in education, and serves as a powerful voice in education leadership," said Segall. "I'm looking forward to examining trends and strategies in emerging technologies and encourage implementation of services that accelerate improved learning."

About IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS GLC)

IMS GLC is a global, nonprofit, member consortium that provides leadership in shaping and growing the learning and educational technology industries through collaborative support of standards, innovation, best practice and recognition of superior learning impact. IMS GLC provides open interoperability specifications, reference models, and adoption practices for learning and educational content and systems. IMS GLC sponsors the annual Learning Impact conference, showcase and awards program. For more information visit

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. With two product suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) and the Blackboard Commerce Suite(TM), Blackboard is used by millions of people 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.


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