New Functionality for Blackboard Release 7 Allows Users to Work on Their Own Terms
Application Pack 1 Offers Greater Flexibility and Control for Academic Institutions With New Features to Enhance Teaching and Learning
WASHINGTON, DC, Apr 27, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of technology to
educational institutions, announced today the availability of
Application Pack 1 for the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) (Release 7).
The Blackboard Academic Suite is used by millions of students and
faculty members to provide access to educational materials and
resources at any time and from any location. With Application Pack 1,
Blackboard clients will gain greater flexibility and control of their
e-Learning programs through a variety of new features.
Blackboard provides regular application packs for smaller, more
manageable software updates implemented without a major upgrade.
Greater Flexibilty and Control
Application Pack 1 for the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) (Release 7)
includes the following enhancements:
-- Domain Management: Institutions can create distinct domains within the
Blackboard Community System(TM) and administer them separately.
-- Flexible Roles and Privileges: Administrators can create an unlimited
number of new System Roles and then select from hundreds of privileges to
assign to each role.
-- Updated Software Development Kit (SDK) for an Additional New Building
Block: Application Pack 1 contains another first for Blackboard: a Beta API
for Discussion Boards. Developers are invited to begin working with this
-- School Interoperability Framework (SIF) Agent: The Blackboard Learning
System(TM) can now exchange and synchronize data in formats that are
compliant with SIF, used extensively in K-12.
Enhanced Teaching and Learning Features
Application Pack 1 gives student and instructors powerful new
capabilities to enhance learning and the classroom
-- State-of-the-art Discussion Board: A new user interface enables better
searching and collection, and has options for statistics, grading, peer
rating, and moderating.
-- Improved Testing Options: Improvements include enabling multiple
attempts, new self-assessment options, export and importing of tests and
surveys, and extra credit options.
-- New Language Packs: Traditional Chinese is now available as a
-- Cross-Platform, Cross-Browser Visual Text Box Editor: Enables all
users, across platforms, to enjoy the benefits of the Visual Text Box
Editor on Macintosh and Firefox platforms.
Kettering University has been testing Application Pack 1 in a
production environment. Donna Wicks, System Administrator at Kettering
offered this about the new functionality, "With Application Pack 1, I
can share control of the Blackboard system with administrators and
users all over campus. This Application Pack provides tremendous
flexibility and control over the Blackboard system, enabling it to
match how the university actually operates. It frees up my time,
while empowering others on campus to do what they need to get their
Application Pack 1 is now available for download from the Behind the
Blackboard's Download Center. Visit http://behind.blackboard.com for
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
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