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University of Antwerp Adopts Blackboard Learn 9.1 and Mobile Support to Enhance Teaching and Learning

Moves Emphasize Sharing Resources and Cost Savings Across Flanders


The University of Antwerp has moved to Blackboard Learn(TM) 9.1 to significantly improve the quality of teaching and learning across its consortium of six colleges in the region and to further develop educational projects that leverage Web 2.0 technologies, Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) announced today.

With the increasing adoption of smartphones among students, the university, the third largest in Flanders, is also planning to support mobile learning with Blackboard MobileLearn(TM) through native applications for some of the world's most popular mobile devices and platforms.

The University of Antwerp is hosting the Release 9.1 platform centrally to support over 40,000 users across the consortium, providing significant cost savings to the consortium colleges while creating a more modern and engaging learning environment focused on the evolving needs of students. By incorporating a wide range of built-in social learning tools like blogs and wikis and the ability to integrate multimedia content from Web 2.0 sources, Release 9.1 helps create a richer and more integrated learning experience to drive stronger student satisfaction.

With improved central grading, tracking and plagiarism detection enabled through the platform's Gradebook and SafeAssign(TM) solutions and the ability to quickly perform multiple file uploads, Antwerp's instructors can spend less time on logistics within the virtual learning environment and more time focused on ensuring students are fully engaged in day to day learning.

"Blackboard seamlessly incorporates all the things that are important to learning institutions, which ultimately leads to a better user experience and increased satisfaction amongst students - which is why we have such a high adoption," said Filip Seuntjens, IT Project Manager at the University of Antwerp. "We value that Blackboard ensures technological innovation and keeps pace with advancements in the education industry. We want to ensure that Blackboard Learn becomes the single portal and source of information for everyone at our institution."

The University of Antwerp was founded in 2003 after the merger of three universities previously known as RUCA (State University Centre Antwerp), UFSIA (University Faculties Saint Ignatius Antwerp) and UIA (University Institution Antwerp). In addition to upgrading to Blackboard Learn 9.1, Antwerp has also adopted the Community Engagement and Content Management modules.

More than 1,500 institutions have moved or are planning a move to Blackboard's latest version to take advantage of its improved stability and digital content advancements, social learning tools to drive student engagement and greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators.

For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit

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