Blackboard and Wimba Partner to Distribute Suite of Collaborative Online Learning Solutions to K-12 Schools
Leading Education Industry Solution Providers to Offer Wimba Collaboration Suite Express to K-12 Community
WASHINGTON, DC, Sep 26, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) and Wimba today announced a
definitive agreement to distribute Wimba Collaboration Suite
Express(TM) to Blackboard(R) K-12 schools and districts in the United
States, Canada and Mexico. This strategic alliance will provide new
and existing Blackboard Learning System(TM) clients (including
Blackboard Learning System -- Basic Edition clients) access to the
Wimba Collaboration Suite Express, at no additional cost.
The Wimba Collaboration Suite Express facilitates online access to
voice, video and instant messaging tools (among other tools for
today's 21st Century learners) for instructors and students to
enhance teaching and learning.
Under terms of the agreement, Blackboard will distribute the Wimba
Collaboration Suite Express, which includes limited versions of Wimba
Classroom(TM), Wimba Voice(TM), and Wimba Pronto(TM) to its K-12
clients. The new partnership provides a unique benefit to members of
the Blackboard K-12 community who will gain easy, free access to the
industry's leading multi-modal solution for virtual and blended
classes, professional development, and intercession and tutoring.
"Today's teachers and administrators seek new ways to deliver a more
engaging learning experience to their students," said Jessie
Woolley-Wilson, President of K-12 at Blackboard. "Increasingly, the
new school environment is empowered by technologies that can be
seamlessly integrated into the learning experience at the point of
instruction. These technologies can help close the gap between how
students live and how they learn. Blackboard and Wimba's alliance
will provide a collaborative learning environment for a more
engaging, individualized educational process that empowers 21st
Century learning communities."
Benefits of the New Alliance to the K-12 Community
As K-12 schools face increasing challenges related to a growing
knowledge economy, many are leveraging learning technologies to impact
student outcomes, teacher development, student engagement and
attendance. The Blackboard and Wimba partnership will enable
districts, independent, private and virtual schools to take advantage
of some of Wimba's most powerful capabilities to:
-- Engage auditory learners through voice discussion boards and voice
-- Strengthen class community through education-centric instant messaging
-- Facilitate teacher development through online workshops, meetings, and
-- Improve learning flexibility and impact through virtual classrooms
"Teachers and administrators are seeking new ways to better engage
students and enhance learning," said Tommaso Trionfi, CEO of Wimba.
"Through this partnership, members of the Blackboard K-12 community
will gain a unique opportunity to access the Wimba Collaboration
Suite Express quickly, easily and at no additional cost. We are
excited to join with Blackboard, a leading provider of K-12 learning
management platforms to accelerate a new era for the K-12 community."
Blackboard and Wimba plan to launch the initial distribution of Wimba
Collaboration Suite Express to Blackboard K-12 clients at the end of
2007. For more information about this new offering, please 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. 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)
Wimba is a company focused solely on education and dedicated to the
principle that people learn more when they are drawn closer together.
Our collaborative software applications for the online education
market enable institutions to bridge technology and pedagogy by
supplementing course management systems with many of the proven
disciplines of in-person learning environments. Wimba's intuitive
solutions enable educators and students to quickly and easily teach
and learn live online, engage in live chat and instant message
exchanges, benefit from oral content being added to text-based course
content, and more. Instructors can also use Wimba solutions to
convert Microsoft Word documents into accessible course content and
to create and administer tests, quizzes, and exams. Our focus on
education and collaboration with educators fuels our product
Wimba. People Teach People. www.wimba.com
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and prospects for Blackboard and other statements containing the words
"believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," and similar
expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning
of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual
results may differ materially from those indicated by such
forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors,
including the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our
Form 10-Q filed on August 7, 2007 with the SEC. In addition, the
forward-looking statements included in this press release represent
the Company's views as of September 26, 2007. The Company anticipates
that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's
views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these
forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company
specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking
statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's
views as of any date subsequent to September 26, 2007.
Senior Manager Public Relations at Blackboard:
202-463-4860 ext. 2404
Wimba PR Contact:
DBC Public Relations
Media Contact, Fleishman-Hillard:
+1 202 828-8819
SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.