The University of Maryland Collaborates with Blackboard to Offer a Single, Campus-Wide Teaching and Learning System; The Office of Information Technology Completed RFP Process to Acquire Service
WASHINGTON & COLLEGE PARK, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11,
2006--The University of Maryland, in partnership with Blackboard Inc.
(NASDAQ:BBBB) will launch the university's first single, campus-wide
family of integrated applications for teaching, learning,
community-building, and knowledge sharing. Release 7.1 of the
Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) will be Maryland's new enterprise
learning management system (ELMS) and will be deployed during the fall
2006 semester. ELMS will enable users to take their research,
projects, and class work to another level of sophistication with one
standardized, easy-to-use system in addition to a large content
"With an eye on a more efficient use of university resources, the
selection of a central product has resulted in the ability to provide
a robust campus-wide learning environment with greater potential for
faculty and students to collaborate and share expertise and
resources." said Dr. Jeffrey Huskamp, Vice President and Chief
Information Officer, University of Maryland. "The Blackboard offering
provides an environment in which any student or teacher can view
instructional content, collaborate with educators, evaluate academic
performance, and access learning resources anytime from anywhere in
order to achieve their educational objectives," Huskamp continued.
The University of Maryland will offer faculty training workshops
in support of the new ELMS for the summer roster, as soon as
implementation is underway.
"With the support of university officials, administrators, and
faculty, the Request for Proposals (RFP) process was undertaken by the
Office of Information Technology to gain efficiencies in terms of
support and resources across campus and to provide a single interface
to all students and faculty at Maryland," said Ellen Borkowski,
Director of Academic Support with Maryland's Office of Information
Technology and project leader for this endeavor. "Two committees were
involved - a technical committee and a faculty committee formed
through nominations from the deans - and the extensive process
involved defining a large set of functional requirements and
evaluating multiple vendor proposals against those requirements,"
Blackboard will help faculty to easily share and reuse learning
objects across sections, courses, organizations, and institutions. It
will provide students with better tools to navigate learning resources
and document their work. Other important benefits ELMS brings to
faculty and students include:
-- Offers student-centered learning, greater instructor
efficiency, anytime anywhere access, improved evaluation and
outcomes management, and access to high quality learning
-- Supplies content management and collaboration features that
enable instructors to more easily create and integrate content
into the curriculum, share content with colleagues, and
utilize learning objects created by others.
-- Enables instructors to distribute quick and convenient
communications with one student or an entire class via
announcements, e-mail, and messaging features.
-- Allows for techniques that support individual and alternate
student learning styles, individualized programs, and
customized release of content and activities.
"We are very excited about expanding our relationship with the
University of Maryland," said Michael Chasen, president and chief
executive officer of Blackboard. "The benefits of using one
standardized e-Learning platform across a diverse and sophisticated
institution such as the University of Maryland are sure to provide
significant value and efficiencies to the faculty and students across
the campuses. We are pleased to be part of this new milestone for the
About the University of Maryland
From its pre-Civil War roots as the state's first agricultural
college and one of America's original land grant institutions, today
the University of Maryland is a public research university of national
stature. Ranked No. 18 by U.S. News & World Report, it also has 32
academic programs in the Top 10 and 79 in the Top 25. The faculty
includes a Nobel Laureate in physics, six Pulitzer Prize winners, and
scores of Fulbright scholars. This past fiscal year, sponsored
research and outreach totaled nearly $330 million. The university is
also recognized for its diversity, with one-third of the student
population being students of color. For more information about the
University of Maryland, visit www.umd.edu.
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 solutions are 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, Australia and Asia.
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