More Than 170 Learning Institutions Convene on e-Learning Trends at BbWorld Europe
Increasing Role of Education Technology Points Way for the 21st Century Campus
WASHINGTON, DC, Mar 22, 2007 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Recently, representatives from more than 170 education institutions
gathered to share their experiences implementing successful education
technology strategies. At the BbWorld(TM) Europe conference held in
Nice, Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) hosted its largest users
conference outside of North America in the history of the company.
Throughout Europe and the Middle East, e-learning has become a vital
component of learning and teaching strategies for schools, further
education institutions, and universities.
Demonstrative of the increased commitment that education institutions
are making to e-learning, participants shared how their institutions
were extending and increasing their commitment to online platforms in
order to continue to provide robust, stable, scalable systems which
meet the rapidly expanding expectations of users. Clients who have
recently adopted or added significantly to implementations of
Blackboard education solutions
-- Leiden University, one of Europe's top universities and the oldest
university in the Netherlands, as part of its drive for anytime/anywhere
access for the university's 17,000 students and 4,000 staff across 9
faculties, selected complex hosting services delivered by Blackboard's data
center operations in Amsterdam.
-- Universidade do Minho and Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestao de
Leiria of Portugal each chose the Blackboard Learning System(TM) --
Enterprise Edition after comprehensive reviews of competing systems,
including open source e-learning systems.
-- New College Durham, South Tyneside College, Westminster Kingsway
College, Middlesborough College, University of Portsmouth, and National
University of Ireland, Galway exemplify institutions which have recently
made major upgrades to their Blackboard e-learning platforms.
During the conference, clients delivered more than 90 presentations
on key education issues, demonstrating the value of participating in
this community. Among these presentations were:
-- International Collaboration: Two Nations Separated by a Common
Language by Manchester Metropolitan University, U.K. and the University of
West Florida USA, which told of a collaborative e-learning initiative
developed by the institutions, utilizing Blackboard technology, in an
international communication exchange and the resulting benefits to
students, academics and the participating institutions.
-- Finding a Voice Online: Helping Students Develop Communication Skills
by United Arab Emirates Higher Colleges of Technology, which described the
use of online communication tools to develop the speaking and writing
skills for "English as a Second Language" students in the Middle East.
-- The Benefits of Integrating Self and Peer Assessment in Blackboard by
the University of Dundee, which described an important extension to the
Blackboard e-learning environment developed by Dundee staff. The "Self and
Peer Assessment" Building Block enables staff to create tools which
students can then use to formally evaluate their own work and the work of
-- Evaluation and e-Learning from the Point of View of Students and
Teachers by Escola Superior de Tecnologia e Gestao da Guarda, which
discussed the Portuguese government's efforts to reconsider the education
process by introducing modern forms of teaching. The aim of this research
was to develop a primary assessment of e-learning's effectiveness at the
Michael Chasen, president and CEO of Blackboard, stated, "Educators,
partners, clients, and colleagues demonstrate the way that e-Learning
promotes interaction among educational institutions that once were
constrained by campus boundaries. Blackboard is grateful for the
opportunity to be a partner and a witness to the speed with which
e-learning has become a central component to the mission of the 21st
Century university. With our clients' help, and via events like
BbWorld Europe, our goal is to support and foster the ongoing
innovation that is happening at institutions globally."
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.
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