Spanning the Globe With Blackboard -- Leading Schools, Universities and Government Agencies Extend Education With Blackboard
SAN DIEGO, CA, Mar 02, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Bb World 2006 -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider
of technology to educational institutions and corporate and
government agencies, is being recognized as a central tool for
teaching, learning and training for many academic institutions in the
United States and abroad. Blackboard is currently hosting its 8th
annual users conference, Bb World 2006, where leaders from academic
institutions around the world are gathered. The following
international clients have recently licensed the Blackboard Learning
System(TM), enabling access to education materials from any location
and at any time, including:
-- Menntasvio Reykjavikur -- a provider of K-12 education to one third of
the population in Iceland,
-- Instituto Politecnico Nacional (IPN), one of Mexico's public
universities focusing on engineering degrees,
-- Bournemouth University in the United Kingdom,
-- UN FAO Chile, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United
Nations of Chile,
-- Istanbul Bilgi University in Turkey,
-- Feng Chia University.
U.S. Universities Expand Education Overseas
In addition to the above-mentioned international clients, Blackboard
solutions are also used by many universities and schools in the
United States to foster teaching and learning opportunities abroad.
At Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, American troops on active
duty can continue their education by accessing courses and
participating in class discussions through the Blackboard Academic
Suite(TM), a suite of three software applications that enable
Web-based and Web-enhanced learning.
"Embry-Riddle is excited to be able to provide our students around
the world with anytime and anywhere access to Blackboard," said Becky
Vasquez, Director IT Services, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
"By providing our students with this technology, location becomes
irrelevant and education remains a focus. We are very proud of our
dedicated students and their commitment to learning. We look forward
to offering additional student-focused opportunities and innovations
for our institution through our use of Blackboard."
At Arcadia University, one of the top private institutions of higher
learning on the East Coast, the Blackboard Academic Suite is used by
freshmen who participate in the school's innovative and award-winning
First Year Study Abroad Experience. The 50 students who travel to
London and Scotland each fall use MyArcadia, the Blackboard campus
portal extensively to access course materials, campus resources, and
professors, and they use it to stay connected to what's happening at
Arcadia's campus in Glenside, Pa. The students in Scotland take an
online course using Blackboard software, taught by the faculty in
"Even though they spend their first college semester overseas, these
freshmen are already integrated into the fabric of the stateside
campus when they arrive in January, thanks to the virtual connections
they have been making through MyArcadia. They've been using our
library while they were overseas, seeing campus announcements and
photos, e-mailing friends, and accessing services," says Param Bedi,
CIO and Associate Vice President for Technology.
"It's very exciting to see clients both domestically and
internationally embracing our technology to provide greater
educational opportunities," said Michael Chasen, CEO and President of
Blackboard. "There has certainly been a great deal of discussion and
attention lately on the importance of including an international
focus on education. We are enthusiastic about how technology, such as
Blackboard, can drive this focus."
Blackboard software applications are used by more than 2,200 academic
institutions and corporate and government agencies in the United
States and abroad, enabling millions of people to access educational
materials and resources at any time and from any location.
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. With two product
suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite (TM) and the Blackboard
Commerce Suite (TM), Blackboard is used by millions of people 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 and
Educate. Innovate. Everywhere.
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