Blackboard Launches Scholar, a Free Social Bookmarking Service for Academia
First Blackboard Beyond Initiative Property Connects Blackboard Learning System Users Worldwide
WASHINGTON, DC, Feb 14, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) announced today the launch of
Scholar(R), a free, innovative social bookmarking Web service, aimed
at connecting faculty and students and enhancing teaching and
learning. This new tool enables millions of Blackboard users --
including faculty, students, and administrators -- for the first
time, to connect on a regular basis across institutions, and share
resources. Scholar allows members of the Blackboard(R) community to
save and classify bookmarks and searches, share resources with
faculty, students and administrators from other institutions,
automatically update courses with dynamic content feeds, and enable
student contributions to course collections.
"Scholar is one of many ways Blackboard is helping to bring the power
of Web 2.0 to the education community," said Michael Chasen, President
and CEO of Blackboard. "The site provides a forum where a network of
learners, teachers and administrators can share the web resources they
find most useful with peers across academia. It is a powerful
opportunity for our global end user community to collaborate and
connect beyond the campus."
Social bookmarking is an increasingly popular way to find,
categorize, save and share a collection of one's favorite Web sites.
Similar to the 'favorites' or 'bookmarks' feature in many web
browsers, social bookmarking allows users to save the web sites they
find of interest or value. Social bookmarking services additionally
enable users to save the bookmarks in a central location, tag them
with relative descriptors and then easily access them later from any
Internet connection. Scholar takes it even further by customizing
social bookmarking for education and putting it right at the users'
fingertips by integrating it with Blackboard's online learning
Grand Rapids Community College in Michigan is one of the early
adopters of Scholar. Associate Professor Garret Brand is using the
social bookmarking site in his Business Law course where his students
have exchanged law-related Web resources with their peers at
"As a faculty member, I'm always excited when I hear of a technology
that gets students involved in their own learning," said Brand.
"Scholar enables and encourages student participation in learning
since students can easily push resources to any browser right within
their Blackboard course environment, instead of the traditional
method of faculty providing a list of external links."
All users of the enterprise versions of the Blackboard Learning
System(TM) (including Vista and CE licenses) can have access to a free
Scholar account through which they can utilize all the social
bookmarking features right within their teaching and learning
environment. Scholar is also open to the public at www.scholar.com,
providing a dynamic tool for sharing the community's knowledge as
broadly as possible.
Scholar was released in open beta on December 20, 2006. Access is
delivered through the Scholar Blackboard Building Block(TM) or
Scholar Blackboard PowerLink(TM). The Scholar Blackboard Building
Block and Scholar Blackboard PowerLink are available on Behind the
Blackboard(TM), a client extranet where Blackboard system
administrators can easily download the necessary files and
documentation. Once the Scholar Blackboard Building Block or Scholar
Blackboard PowerLink is installed and enabled, faculty, students and
administrators at that institution can start to build collections
Scholar is the first property released from the Blackboard Beyond(TM)
Initiative, a series of innovative, centrally-hosted web properties
and services, designed to empower the Blackboard client network.
Built on the principles of Web 2.0, Blackboard Beyond will provide
the education community with tools to pioneer the next generation of
teaching and learning.
To learn more about Scholar, visit www.scholar.com and/or contact
your Blackboard system administrator for access.
About Blackboard Inc.
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. Millions of people
use Blackboard everyday 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.
Educate. Innovate. Everywhere.(TM)
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