Blackboard Launches EduGarage, New Central Web Site for Educational Developers to Collaborate
One-Stop Resource for Blackboard Building Blocks and Blackboard PowerLinks Developers
SEATTLE, WA, Oct 23, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- EDUCAUSE 2007 Annual Conference - Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) a
leading provider of enterprise education software and services
announced today the launch of EduGarage(TM) (www.edugarage.com).
EduGarage is a wiki-based Web site for all Blackboard Building
Blocks(R) and Blackboard PowerLinks(TM) developers to collaborate,
share expertise and access the same tools and resources. EduGarage,
is the new home of the Blackboard Developers Network(TM) (BbDN), one
of the largest developer communities dedicated to e-Learning
applications, services and tools. The launch of this site
demonstrates Blackboard's ongoing efforts to facilitate enhanced
collaboration among the Blackboard and WebCT communities. Previously
these groups accessed separate sites for development tools and
More than 2,000 developers, spanning more than 1,000 academic
institutions and 200 companies around the world create these
applications to extend and customize the Blackboard(R) e-Learning
platform. These applications and extensions to Blackboard software
are known as Blackboard Building Blocks and Blackboard PowerLinks.
EduGarage is designed to facilitate collaboration, sharing of best
practices and source code with the education development community.
The site's code repositories, interactive discussion boards and
searchable knowledge bases can all be edited by members, a new feature
intended to better engage and support the community. In addition, all
of the content, discussions and resources are open to the public,
providing a powerful resource for the entire education technology
"I'm really looking forward to using EduGarage.com. It is sure to be
a valuable new resource for the development community to share ideas
and find collaborators interested in creating new applications
together," said Mark O'Neil, Curricular Systems Engineer, Dartmouth
College. "The openness of the site makes it easier to access
information and therefore a more convenient and helpful tool, which
is something I think everyone will be pleased about."
EduGarage includes new features to foster increased interaction
across the Blackboard development community, such as:
-- Embedded Forums foster greater interaction, shared expertise and
software among developers across institutions around the globe;
-- Open Access means user logins are not required so all visitors can
read, explore and download documents, resources and code. (A login is
required for discussion board posts and Blackboard software downloads);
-- Content creation through participation enables all BbDN members to
contribute content, code and best practices producing a more robust and
"I could not be more excited for our developer community," said Jan
Poston Day, Senior Director, Client Engagement, "The community
requested a site that accommodates the tools, resources, and space
for developers to gather, experiment, and share experiences and code
for educational applications. With EduGarage they have a core
resource to support their innovations."
Blackboard's open architecture -- Blackboard Building Blocks and
Blackboard PowerLinks -- allows clients to enhance and customize the
online education experience for their students and faculty.
Developers can integrate their solutions and extend each of the
products in the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) to enhance the teaching
and learning experience through Blackboard Building Blocks and
EduGarage is a property provided by the Blackboard Beyond
Initiative(TM), and is part of a series of Web properties aimed at
connecting the Blackboard network of faculty, students and developers
across disciplines, institutions and regions. Visit EduGarage at
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.