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Blackboard Collaborate Adds New Clients Using Solutions with Blackboard Learn and with Open Source Learning Systems

Elluminate, Wimba Selected for Integrated Use with Blackboard Learn, Moodle

WASHINGTON, Oct 19, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) today announced a number of new and renewing clients who are leveraging the company's Blackboard Collaborate solutions - including the recently acquired Elluminate, Inc. and Wimba, Inc. product suites - integrated either with Blackboard Learn(TM) or with open source course management systems.

Since Elluminate and Wimba joined Blackboard in July, new and renewing Elluminate and Wimba Moodle integration customers include Alliant International University, The Robert Gordon University in the U.K., San Mateo County Community College District, and the University of California Riverside Extension, among others.

"The Elluminate Bridge for Moodle is a powerful tool that makes it easy for our instructors to incorporate the real time interaction offered by Elluminate right inside their courses," said Brian Reilly, Distance Learning Coordinator at University of California Riverside Extension. "I'm reassured that we'll continue to have the same functionality available within Moodle in the future. It's definitely important to us because we hope to expand our use of Elluminate."

"It's gratifying to know that our Moodle colleges, including San Mateo, can incorporate Elluminate sessions into their teaching and learning environments," said Blaine Morrow, Director of CCC Confer, which delivers Elluminate's accessible Web conferencing to the California Community College System, the largest system of higher education in the world. "We're pleased with the level of support we're getting from the new Blackboard Collaborate team in our work to serve nearly 3 million students at 112 campuses, not all of which use Blackboard's learning management platform."

As part of Blackboard Collaborate, Elluminate and Wimba are the leading education focused Web, video and audio conferencing technologies used by thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations worldwide. Both solutions are often used independently or are integrated with Blackboard's learning management platforms and other open source and commercial course management systems.

"Since we began offering online and blended learning courses in the late 1990s, instructional technology tools such as Wimba and Blackboard have become indispensable for providing secure, flexible, and highly collaborative learning environments," said Jane Himmel, Associate Director at the Center for Learning Enhancement, Assessment, and Redesign at the University of North Texas. "I see great value in the way both companies have kept pace with needs of next generation learners while keeping the tools functional and easy to use for instructors. I am certain that both products will continue to play a critical role in the future of all learning at UNT, particularly as we seek to provide more mobile learning options."

"We're pleased to see continued interest from clients using a broad range of learning technologies," said Maurice Heiblum, President of Blackboard Collaborate. "Our commitment to open integrations is a core value that will be carried forward as our teams and solutions come together at Blackboard."

For more information about Blackboard Collaborate, please visit http://blackboard.com/sites/collaborate/index.htm. For more information about the Elluminate and Wimba solutions, please visit: http://www.elluminate.com and http://www.wimba.com.

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.

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SOURCE Blackboard Inc.