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Blackboard Announces Details for BbWorld Europe ‘09

A Dedicated Event Focusing on Teaching and Learning Technology

AMSTERDAM – April 6, 2009 – Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ:BBBB), a global leader in education technology, today announced details for its 6th annual European users conference, BbWorld Europe® ’09, which will take place April 6-8 at the Fira Palace Hotel in Barcelona, Spain.

BbWorld Europe is a unique networking opportunity for hundreds of senior education leaders, e-learning managers, systems integrators, course designers, and academics representing over 100 organisations and 27 countries spanning Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Attendees will network and share best practices, develop further knowledge and skills in the field of online teaching and learning that will help them work more effectively, and discuss innovations that are being used to promote student engagement and achievement.

At BbWorld Europe, participants can take part in more than 30 user-led sessions highlighting innovative and entrepreneurial approaches that leverage technology to address some of the most important challenges in education, from measuring student learning outcomes and assessing the effect of academic programs to engaging students using Web 2.0 technologies and improving retention for at-risk students and learners. 
At the event, Blackboard will also highlight its efforts to engage students and learners in a more personalized learning experience, including a demonstration of the recently announced release of a free application that lets users of the Apple® iPhone™ and iPod touch® take learning on the go by accessing Blackboard Learn™ course information wherever and whenever they prefer. In addition, keynote addresses at the event will be delivered by the following:

  • Michael L. Chasen, President and CEO of Blackboard, on the challenges higher education institutions are facing in a rapidly changing world;
  • Dirk Van Damme, Head of CERI – OECD/EDU, on the future of higher education and the need for institutions to make strategic choices for radical innovation to uphold their leadership in supporting future human development; and
  • Gordon Freedman, Vice President of Education Strategy at Blackboard, on the re-engineering and re-invention of universities and how in the current economic climate, instead of simply looking at how to contain costs, institutions are also looking at how education needs to evolve.

“Educators are constantly finding new and innovative ways to deliver excellence in teaching and learning with the help of Blackboard’s VLE’s,” said Chasen. “BbWorld Europe is a unique opportunity for education professionals to connect with colleagues and share best practices while also gaining insight from the Blackboard experts on how to improve their teaching and learning systems.”
Once again, the event will include Blackboard Developers Day which will bring developers together with their laptops to learn how to extend their virtual learning environment with the new Blackboard Learn, Release 9 platform. Release 9 introduces many new flexible options to integrate and extend Blackboard’s learning environment, and developers can learn firsthand how to customize their virtual learning environments. Each session will include a conceptual overview followed by technical details and will cover topics ranging from how to customize your VLE and how to develop a custom learning or interoperable proxy tool to customizing the User Interface with CSS, themes and branding and an exploration of open source projects & community.
For more information on BbWorld Europe, including the registration and the event guide, please visit
http://www.bbworld.com/2009/Europe/.

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans 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-K filed on February 26, 2009 with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company’s views as of April 6, 2009. 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 April 6, 2009.

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Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.
+ 001 202-463-4860 ext. 2637 or matthew.maurer@blackboard.com
Louise Stewart-Muir/Geraldine Fernandez
020 8971 6417/ 6414
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