Blackboard Launches Blackboard Sync(TM) on Facebook(R) Platform
Service Aims to Connect Students' Social and Academic Worlds
WASHINGTON, May 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Every day, millions of
students log on to the Facebook(R) Web site to connect with old friends and
meet new ones. Every day millions of those same students also separately log
on to their institution's Blackboard(R) system to access their course
materials, assignments, tests, and other important academic information. Now,
thanks to a free application from Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), millions of
students will be able to access their social and learning networks in one
Blackboard, a global leader in educational enterprise technology,
announced today the launch of Blackboard Sync(TM) a safe and secure
application on the Facebook Platform to enable students to be better engaged
in their academic lives by delivering course updates and other information
through Facebook. Students who elect to use Blackboard Sync can receive
information on new assignments, discussion board postings, course materials,
and even new grades while logged on to their Facebook accounts.
In addition, students can easily find and connect with their classmates on
Facebook, giving them the ability to turn routine social interactions into
social learning opportunities. With millions of students using both their
Blackboard system and the Facebook Web site every day, Blackboard Sync enables
students to learn more about their classmates through their profiles and to
leverage their Facebook accounts to create and join online and offline
networks and groups to collaborate and study together.
"For more than a decade, Blackboard has worked to bring learning
opportunities to students, wherever they might be," said Michael L. Chasen,
president and CEO of Blackboard. "Today, Blackboard brings learning to
Facebook, giving millions of students the ability to simplify and be better
connected to their academic lives. By bridging their academic and social
worlds, Blackboard Sync allows students to participate in a new kind of social
learning community; one that we are only beginning to understand the true
potential of and one that can have a profound impact on their lives."
"A huge amount of what I need to do to stay on top of my classes is to
make sure that I am completing tasks and that everything is planned out. By
making a significant percentage of that workload even easier, Blackboard Sync
can help me be a more successful student," said Zachary Girod, a graduate
student at the University of Maryland. "A lot of the work we do involves group
projects and collaboration. Having access to academic alerts while I'm on
Facebook lets me work more efficiently and informally with classmates and
learn from their experiences. With Blackboard Sync, it is easier to take part
in the social sharing of knowledge, learning, and ideas in a friendly setting.
Ultimately, that is what college should be all about."
Part of Blackboard's ongoing effort to help institutions meet the needs of
their students and to promote student engagement and achievement, Blackboard
Sync is available to all Facebook users that attend any of the thousands of
high schools, colleges and universities that use Blackboard worldwide. Each
student receives information from only the courses they are registered in and
that information cannot be shared. Institutions that prefer to limit access to
Blackboard Sync can block the application entirely.
"Students are increasingly demanding cutting-edge tools to communicate and
collaborate online, and Blackboard Sync is part of our effort to meet that
demand," said Karen Gage, Vice President of Product Strategy at Blackboard.
"By combining our community with the millions of students using Facebook,
Blackboard Sync is a major step toward creating a truly boundless global
community of social learners."
For more information about Blackboard Sync please visit
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 solutions 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.
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