Blackboard Partners With Iowa State University To Develop Moodle Integration
Open Source Integrations Create More Freedom & Control for Faculty, Students
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc.
(Nasdaq: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise technology,
announced today that it has partnered with Iowa State University to develop
software that will allow institutions to connect their Blackboard(R) learning
environment with the open source Moodle course management system.
In July, Blackboard announced a similar partnership with Syracuse
University to develop an integration for the open source Sakai course
management system. Both efforts -- which will be made available at no cost to
institutions in the Blackboard community -- are part of Project NG,
Blackboard's multi-year, multi-release effort to deliver a next generation
teaching and learning solution that enables educators to better customize
their educational ecosystems.
With support from Blackboard, Iowa State will develop the Learning
Environment Connector for Moodle to seamlessly integrate the two systems and
provide faculty and students with access to a full range of educational
opportunities and materials in one place. Leveraging Blackboard Building
Blocks(TM) technology, the Connector will allow students and faculty who
primarily access their courses through the Blackboard platform-but are part of
a program, department or class using Moodle -- to access all of their courses
in one place, with a single login.
The Connector will also allow institutions to share information, data,
learning tools and resources between the Blackboard learning environment and
Moodle, creating a greater level of interoperability and flexibility for
faculty and course designers.
"This effort will create new levels of freedom and control for faculty and
students," said Michael L. Chasen, President and CEO of Blackboard. "A more
open learning platform is something that we have made a priority-and are
excited to be delivering-in collaboration with active members of Blackboard's
"We are pleased to partner with Blackboard in this effort that will bring
new flexibility and ease of use not just to our own campus but to our peers in
the Blackboard community," said Randal Dalhoff, Assistant Director of Academic
Technologies for Iowa State University's Information Technology Services.
As a Blackboard Building Block, the Learning Environment Connector for
Moodle is made possible by technology that allows institutions or
third-parties to create and share enhancements and extensions to the
Blackboard learning environment. The Connector will be released as open source
and join more than 150 free or open source Blackboard Building Blocks
currently available to the Blackboard community.
Iowa State will lead development of the Connector, with design guidance
and support from Blackboard. The underlying technology for the Connector is
available today and was first developed by Blackboard for version 8 of the
Blackboard Learning System(TM). The Learning Environment Connector makes it
possible for students and faculty to use other course management systems
within the Blackboard environment.
The announcement was made at the EDUCAUSE 2008 annual conference in
Orlando, Fla., where several thousand members of the higher education
community have gathered at the industry's premier information technology
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organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus
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