Blackboard Press Releases http://www.ASPNETNews.com/Headlines/ Latest news and announcements from Blackboard Blackboard Shows Strong Momentum in Brazil <h2 class="detail_subheader">Company Makes Regional Investments and Expands Presence in Sao Paulo</h2> <p class="release_data">Aug 28, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Aug. 28, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> now supports more than 1 million students and faculty members at over 70 institutions in <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, the company announced today. Now registering an impressive 100 percent growth in the country over the past year, the company is expanding its presence in <span class="xn-location">Sao Paulo</span>. </p> <p>Today's announcement helps solidify Blackboard's growing global presence and marks the company's latest investment in a critical region. Blackboard already powers the teaching and learning environments of leading Brazilian schools and universities such as Rede Pitagoras and Universidade Positivo and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/news-and-events/Press-Releases.aspx?releaseid=122721" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">recently announced</a> a partnership with Grupo Positivo to strengthen e-learning in the region. </p> <p>"We are always looking for different ways to enhance the teaching and learning process," said <span class="xn-person">Marcia Maria Deotto</span>, interactive learning technologies manager at the Insper Institute of Education and Research. "We needed a high-quality platform that could help us meet the needs of our students and Blackboard's solutions helped us achieve this by providing new ways of engaging and interacting with students inside and outside the classroom." </p> <p>Blackboard has strengthened its presence in <span class="xn-location">Sao Paulo</span> to better support its growing footprint in the country. The company is hiring local talent in various fields including educational services, product development and sales. Blackboard's products and services are distributed exclusively by Grupo A Educacao, an educational holding company that has been working for more than 40 years in the Brazilian market and headquartered in <span class="xn-location">Porto Alegre</span> (RS).</p> <p>"The pace of innovation and introduction of new delivery models of teaching and learning are rapidly transforming the traditional education system," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/Matthew-Small.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Matthew Small</a>, senior vice president and managing director, international at Blackboard. "<span class="xn-location">Brazil</span> is no exception. This is a country with huge educational opportunities and we are fully committed to partnering with institutions to offer their learners innovative solutions that are based on meeting their needs and improving their experience. With our new facility, we will be able to not only make our efforts here more effective, but also provide world-class services with dedicated local support."</p> <p>Used by millions of students in over 70 countries, Blackboard offers learner-centric learning solutions that provide a fully-featured online environment that includes course delivery, synchronous collaboration tools, mobile apps, and seamless integration with and access to industry-leading content. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p/> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Massimo Morigi</span>, Blackboard Inc. <br/>+44 (0)20 7534 2063 or <a href="mailto:massimo.morigi@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">massimo.morigi@blackboard.com</a>   </p> <p/> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 10:02:14 GMT Blackboard Launches Free App to Help Students Discover Career Paths <h2 class="detail_subheader">Approachable, Intuitive Resource Designed Based on Extensive Student Research</h2> <p class="release_data">Aug 14, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Aug. 14, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced the release of <a href="http://www.myjobgenie.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>Job Genie</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i>, a free mobile app designed to minimize student anxiety around the job selection process by helping them explore potential career paths and options for college. Job Genie is the latest innovation to come out of <a href="http://labs.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Labs</a>, an initiative dedicated solely to education technology experimentation.</p> <p>The app is a result of <a href="http://roe.myedu.com/student-journey/myedu-publishes-academic-journey-research-students-lack-support-in-major-selection/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">qualitative research with students</a> that indicated a large amount of apprehension around key academic decisions, such as picking a school, major, or career path. Designed to be a non-threatening way to explore various education and job options, the app uses casual language and aesthetics to reinforce that these choices are part of a journey and that students should not feel locked into a single recommendation. </p> <p>Job Genie is still in development and the early release will be updated based on feedback. The Blackboard Labs initiative is designed to incubate great ideas to share with the user community, get their reaction, and translate that into powerful and useful products. </p> <p>"I think everyone wishes they had a plan," said a student participant in the research study that lead to the development of Job Genie. "And even if you have a great plan, pressure from parents, difficult courses and other bumps in the road make it tough to always see the next step. It's nice to know that I can just pull out my phone and have my own personal career counselor at my fingertips." </p> <p>The interactive user experience is focused solely on learner engagement and includes simple personality, interest and achievement questions that generate a list of schools, degrees and job options best matched to the answers. Learners can compare salaries, research cost-of-living information, and even view videos from practitioners that paint a realistic picture of day-to-day job activities. </p> <p>"Students tend to feel locked into choices they make very early in their educational journey, which can make the selection of a career path intimidating," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Mark-Strassman.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Strassman</a>, senior vice president of product management at Blackboard. "It's important for them to feel comfortable with a certain amount of experimentation, learning and discovery. Through this app, we aim to provide relevant data to help students make informed decisions. We are fully committed to building solutions from the learner's perspective and helping them become more career-ready and, ultimately, successful."</p> <p>The free app is available in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/job-genie-by-blackboard/id893725371?mt=8" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">iTunes Store</a>, on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackboard.jobgenie&hl=en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Google Play</a>, and <a href="http://www.myjobgenie.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online</a>, where product feedback can be submitted, reviewed, and potentially incorporated.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 14:30:42 GMT Blackboard Acquires CardSmith <h2 class="detail_subheader">Pairing Creates Most Comprehensive Set of Student ID Deployment Options in the Market</h2> <p class="release_data">Aug 7, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Aug. 7, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> has acquired <a href="http://www.card-smith.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">CardSmith</a>, the industry's leading cloud provider of campus card solutions and turn-key card program management services, Blackboard announced today. CardSmith joins Blackboard's growing set of student identification services and broadens the credentialing deployment options the company offers schools and institutions.</p> <p>CardSmith's industry-leading, multi-tenant cloud technology enables universities and K-12 schools and districts to deliver a comprehensive student credential solution without requiring software management or physical servers. Because of the acquisition, Blackboard can now offer cloud and locally-hosted processing solutions with in-house or outsourced management to a much wider range of schools. </p> <p>Blackboard has provided campus card services and integrated campus commerce and security solutions to hundreds of institutions since 2001 through <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/overview.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>Blackboard Transact</i></a><sup>™</sup>, a fully-integrated technology platform that creates a holistic experience for students to navigate life on and off campus. The technology enables students to enter secure buildings and facilities; pay for items such as books, meals, laundry and printing; and access campus events through a wave or tap of their smart card. </p> <p>"Given the diversity of learners, there is a critical need for institutions to provide students with the most innovative technologies that support them both in and out of the classroom," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jay Bhatt</a>, CEO of Blackboard. "Today's news marks the latest step we are making in growing and investing in our Blackboard Transact portfolio and strengthening the educational experience we help schools provide to their students." </p> <p>"By combining with the campus card industry's only proven and comprehensive cloud deployment offering, we are able to deliver a full-range of reliable and scalable options to schools," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/David-Marr.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">David Marr</a>, senior vice president of Blackboard Transact. "These options are critical in meeting the unique needs of our diverse community, while also making a difference in the lives of students."</p> <p>CardSmith's campus card or verification solution is used by hundreds of institutions and over 2 million cardholders. The company's unique deployment model allows for the automatic delivery of the most current features and capabilities without downtime for upgrades or demanding time of campus or district IT resources. </p> <p>"As cloud infrastructures become more mature and deployment more widely adopted, today's news marks a big step in the evolution of the campus transaction industry," said <span class="xn-person">Jay Summerall</span>, founder and president of CardSmith. "By joining forces with Blackboard, we are giving an innovative solution more scale to serve more institutions and improve the educational experience. We couldn't be more thrilled to be a part of a company that shares our mission of putting students first and being dedicated to their success." </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 11:24:58 GMT Survey of College Presidents Calls for More Disruption <h2 class="detail_subheader">Change Seen as Critical to Improving Student Outcomes</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 16, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 16, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly 70 percent of college presidents believe that at least a moderate amount of disruption is needed in higher education to improve outcomes and the perceived value of higher education, according to a survey conducted by Maguire Associates, Inc. in partnership with The Chronicle of Higher Education and co-sponsored by <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a>.  </p> <p>With only three percent of private campus executives agreeing that the higher education system is currently functioning smoothly, the report found that most university presidents and provosts welcome change. When given the options of "evolutionary change" or "disruptive change," two-thirds of all institution leaders surveyed favored for massive or moderate disruption.  </p> <p>The study also revealed that while 60 percent of respondents are optimistic about the direction the American higher education system is going in, only 30 percent felt as if the higher education system is currently the best in the world. Surprisingly, this drops to 17 percent when asked about the next decade.</p> <p>"Years ago, disruption to the higher education business model was not something widely discussed among institutional leaders," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jay Bhatt</a>, CEO of Blackboard. "Times have changed. This report emphasizes that schools of all types and leaders at all levels are being forced to reevaluate what it means to be relevant. We need a reimagined educational experience that directly connects learners to success. While a challenging time, it is also an exciting one as we work with schools to drastically transform the industry in ways that foster both institutional and student success."</p> <p>The survey's executive summary, which shares the opinions of higher education leaders on key issues facing their industry, are included in <a href="http://results.chronicle.com/PresSurvey2014_B?elq=15ce2355989e458b961e984b6eabc44a&elqCampaignId=820" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>The Innovative University: What College Presidents Think About Change in American Higher Education</i></a>, which was discussed this week at <i>BbWorld</i><sup>®</sup>, Blackboard's annual user conference in <span class="xn-location">Las Vegas, Nevada</span>. The report, edited by <span class="xn-person">Jeffrey J. Selingo</span>, contributing editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education, is based on nearly 400 responses from presidents of four-year public, private, and not-for-profit colleges and universities. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><b>About the Survey<br/></b><i>The Innovative University: What College Presidents Think About Change in American <span class="xn-person">Higher Education</span></i> is based on a survey conducted by Maguire Associates, Inc., was edited by <span class="xn-person">Jeffrey J. Selingo</span>, contributing editor at The Chronicle of Higher Education Inc. and is co-sponsored  by Blackboard.  The Chronicle is fully responsible for the report's editorial content. Copyright © 2014</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:46 GMT Blackboard Launches New Learning Solutions Portfolio <h2 class="detail_subheader">Solution Sets Provide More Value and Improves Student, Instructor and Institutional Success</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 16, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 16, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- In an effort to give institutions and schools more value and greater exposure to their technology sets, Blackboard now offers solutions that combine their industry-leading, comprehensive product portfolio, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the company</a> announced today. </p> <p>The needs-based solutions include various product capabilities that are often deployed together. They were developed and created following extensive discussions with campus leaders, academic technologists, district officials, faculty, and students.</p> <p>All teaching and learning solutions include Blackboard's "base" solution which goes far beyond the traditional learning management system (LMS) to provide a fully-featured online environment with course delivery, synchronous collaboration tools, mobile apps, and seamless integration with and access to leading industry content. Technology adoption services are also included. The combination of these capabilities and services offer more flexibility and higher value than any other industry solution on the market. </p> <p>"The launch of our solutions is our way of making it easier for schools to work with us," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/mark-strassman.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Strassman</a>, senior vice president of product management for Blackboard. "By integrating disparate products we are able to create a more unified, consistent experience and simplify the workflow in order to create greater value to teachers and students. Solutions are the latest step we are taking toward integrating a technology environment to make deployment, use and engagement easier than ever before." </p> <p>This tiered set of  solutions are aimed at helping the industry address challenges such as retention, student engagement, learning analytics, communications and standards preparedness. There are <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/higher-education/learning-solutions/index.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">four higher education teaching and learning solutions</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/overview.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">four higher education campus commerce and security solutions</a>, and five K-12 solutions that center on <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/k12/teaching-and-learning/index.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">teaching and learning</a> and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/k12/communications/index.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">community engagement</a>. The company is considering adding more solution sets for international markets. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:46 GMT Blackboard Integrates Registration and Tracking Tools into Training Environment <h2 class="detail_subheader">Strategic Partnership with Genius SIS Delivers Comprehensive Management Capabilities</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 16, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 16, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard has updated its training environment for business and government organizations with the integration of a Web-based information system, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the company</a> announced today. The environment now offers fully integrated learner registration, tracking, e-commerce, and enterprise reporting systems and tools. </p> <p>The comprehensive management capabilities allow corporations, government agencies, associations and other professional organizations to manage the full lifecycle of learning information from directly within the learning environment and without third party integrations. </p> <p>The <i>Blackboard Registration Module</i><sup>® </sup>is delivered through a strategic partnership with <a href="http://www.geniussis.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Genius SIS</a>, a leading Web-based information, registration and e-commerce system and is currently being piloted with nearly a dozen Fortune 500 companies and federal agencies. With automated registration and self-regulated tracking, the integrated module will give learners more control as they navigate the training environment. Administrators and trainers can easily see learners' progress towards certifications and view a learners' full course history, including classes taken outside of the organization. The training environment can also be used as a revenue source through integrated e-commerce capabilities. </p> <p>"More and more, we are seeing professional administrators and trainers look for tools and environments that allow them to take a more strategic approach to employee training," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/Maurice-Heiblum.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Maurice Heiblum</a>, senior vice president of professional education at Blackboard. "Organizations are looking for solutions that not only impact their bottom line, but also provide trainers with management tools that help enable learners to earn the certifications they need to advance their career goals."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.               <br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT</u>                  <br/><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.              <br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:46 GMT Blackboard Launches Public Cloud Version of its Learning Environment <h2 class="detail_subheader">SaaS Support Joins Industry's Most Flexible Deployment Approach</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 16, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 16, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard plans to launch a new version of its flagship learning environment that is delivered via the public cloud, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the company</a> announced today. Whether self-hosted, hosted in Blackboard's private cloud, or via the public cloud, the company is now providing institutions with the industry's most flexible deployment model and most comprehensive set of deployment options available to date.</p> <p>The public cloud delivery option of the company's fully-featured learning and synchronous collaboration environment will be fully available later this summer. By adding this option, Blackboard is providing institutions with unprecedented choice when deciding how they want to work with Blackboard on their hosting environments. </p> <p>Taking a broader cloud approach allows Blackboard customers to leverage the benefits of different deployment options. The public cloud offering will allow for the automatic delivery of the environment's most current features and capabilities without upgrade downtimes and with less change management. </p> <p>"We are very excited to bring a broader cloud strategy to market that give schools a wide variety of reliable and sustainable deployment options," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/mark-strassman.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Strassman</a>, senior vice president of product management for Blackboard. "I am incredibly proud that we are the only major education technology company that is able to invest in and offer three different deployment methods. This approach allows us to help all schools build and grow education programs that work best for them and their students."</p> <p><a href="https://openeducation.blackboard.com/home?tab_tab_group_id=_12_1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Open Education powered by Blackboard</a>, the company's fully functional course platform that allows teachers and faculty to run public online courses and/or Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), is currently being piloted via the public cloud. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:46 GMT Blackboard Offers Solution and Services to Internet2 Higher Education Members <h2 class="detail_subheader">Offer Developed in Partnership with Leading Higher Education Institutions</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 16, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 16, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard has created a customized learning and analytics offering available to the 259 higher education Internet2 members, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the company</a> and <a href="http://www.internet2.edu/vision-initiatives/initiatives/internet2-netplus" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Internet2</a> announced today. The Internet2 NET+ offer will not only provide access to the company's market-leading solutions for teaching, learning and collaboration, but also includes robust analytic and learning outcomes tools, a cloud-based, cross-institutional content repository that supports most learning management systems (LMSs), and helpdesk and adoption services. </p> <p>Technology leaders from <span class="xn-org">Cornell University</span>, the <span class="xn-org">University of Nebraska</span> – <span class="xn-location">Lincoln</span>; the <span class="xn-org">University of Maryland, Baltimore County</span>; the <span class="xn-org">University of Texas at Arlington</span>; and <span class="xn-org">Virginia Commonwealth University</span>, guided and shaped the Internet2 NET+ certified solution. </p> <p>At the core of the offer, which is fully deployable now, is Blackboard's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/higher-education/learning-solutions/learning-insight.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Learning Insight</a> solution, which is a fully-featured online and mobile version of the company's flagship LMS and synchronous collaboration environment. The solution also includes a rich, LMS-fed analytic data warehouse with dashboard and reporting tools that provide on-demand access to data to demonstrate achievement, quantify student outcomes, and benchmark user activity and course design. </p> <p>Also included in the offer is<i> xpLor</i><sup>™</sup>, Blackboard's content sharing and discovery platform, which enables the collaborative development and sharing of course materials within and across institutions and all standards-compliant LMSs. Already being used by nearly 500 institutions all over the world, xpLor allows faculty to create or import any type of content, which can be tagged, rated, and aligned to competencies and standards for easy searching and organizing. xpLor will be offered free of charge to all Internet2 members, even if they do not license the Blackboard NET+ offer.</p> <p>"Student success is critically important today in higher education and we need innovative, standards-based tools so when we identify approaches that work, they can be easily replicated in other institutions," said <span class="xn-person">Jack Suess</span>, vice president of information technology and chief information officer at the <span class="xn-org">University of Maryland, Baltimore County</span>. "Blackboard's innovative teaching and learning solutions are designed to do just that. By focusing on student outcomes, first and foremost, this unique offer won't just help individual Internet2 institutions like us, but it will also help foster a more collaborative industry."</p> <p>In August, Blackboard and Internet2 will establish an advisory board comprised of leaders from Internet2 member universities who will regularly meet to discuss the roadmap for this offer, as well as joint initiatives and research opportunities. This will include the governance of a portion of the Blackboard NET+ offering proceeds used to support the Internet2 community to spur the further development of content sharing among Internet2 members.</p> <p>"We are dedicated to reducing the complexity, cost and time for higher education to benefit from advanced cloud services," said <span class="xn-person">Shelton Waggener</span>, senior vice president at Internet2. "The collaborative benefits from utilizing these new tools both within the traditional classroom setting and beyond are impressive. I couldn't be more pleased with the great work of Blackboard in working with the community service validation process. They leveraged their industry expertise, innovative best practices and commitment to interoperability in a true partnership, resulting in a very welcome addition to the Internet2 services portfolio."</p> <p>"Today's announcement is one part of a larger, sustained effort to better support institutions and help them deliver comprehensive and cost-effective education technology solutions," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/mark-strassman.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Strassman</a>, senior vice president of product management at Blackboard. "Students and faculty need to have access to tools that allow them to work collaboratively, across institutions, to create the best learning programs. As leading Internet2 institutions expand their online educational solutions, they will need proven ways to measure, analyze, and share the results of these efforts. We are excited to be able to offer just that." </p> <p>Blackboard and Internet2 will host a webinar for Internet2 higher education members on <span class="xn-chron">Wednesday, August 20</span> at <span class="xn-chron">1:00 pm ET</span> to provide more details on the offer. Internet2 members can learn more about the offering by emailing <a href="mailto:netplus@internet2.edu" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">netplus@internet2.edu</a>.</p> <p>For more information on Internet2, please visit <a href="http://www.internet2.edu/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.internet2.edu</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Internet2" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Internet2</a> on Twitter. For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.               <br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><b>About Internet2                         <br/></b>Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.</p> <p>Internet2 also operates the nation's largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, in which the Network Operations Center is powered by <span class="xn-org">Indiana University</span>. Internet2 serves more than 93,000 community anchor institutions, 250 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 38 regional and state education networks, 80 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.</p> <p>Internet2 offices are located in <span class="xn-location">Ann Arbor, Mich.</span>; <span class="xn-location">Denver, Colo.</span>; <span class="xn-location">Emeryville, Calif.</span>; <span class="xn-location">Washington, D.C</span>; and <span class="xn-location">West Hartford, Conn.</span> For more information, visit <a href="http://www.internet2.edu/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><b>www.internet2.edu</b></a> or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT</u>                   <br/><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.                    <br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a><br/></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 13:00:46 GMT Gary Lang Joins IMS Global Board of Directors <h2 class="detail_subheader">Appointment Reinforces Blackboard's Commitment to Open Standards</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 9, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 9, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/gary-lang.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gary Lang</a>, senior vice president of product development, support and cloud services for Blackboard, has been appointed to the <a href="http://www.imsglobal.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">IMS Global Learning Consortium's</a> board of directors, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the company</a> announced today. </p> <p>A nonprofit collaboration of the world's leading universities, school districts, government organizations, content providers and technology suppliers, IMS Global is dedicated to advancing affordable, scalable technology that improves educational participation and success. This influential community also actively develops and supports open interoperability standards to promote collaboration among education technology platforms.   </p> <p>This appointment reinforces Blackboard's strong commitment to interoperability and open standards. The company's industry-leading learning environment fully supports Common Cartridge<sup>™</sup>, Basic Learning Tools Interoperability<sup>® </sup>(LTI<sup>®</sup>) and Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) standards. Additionally, the Open Source Community for Educational Learning Objects and Tools (OSCELOT) grew out of Blackboard's Open Source group in 2002. </p> <p>"I am very excited and humbled to join such a prestigious group and work with IMS Global to support interoperability across educational technologies," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/gary-lang.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Gary Lang</a>, senior vice president of product development, support and cloud services for Blackboard. "Our industry needs to evolve existing standards, identify new opportunities for collaboration, and prioritize efforts to focus on where we need to go – not where we've been. I welcome the opportunity to work with others to help define the future of education and the standards that can help us get there."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><i>Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) and Common Cartridge™ (CC™) are trademarks of IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. in <span class="xn-location">the United States</span> and/or other countries.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 09:39:22 GMT Blackboard and the American Council on Education to Issue Joint Research on Competency-Based Education <h2 class="detail_subheader">Effort Aims to Create Broader Understanding of Skills-Based Approaches</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 7, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 7, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> and the <a href="http://www.acenet.edu/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">American Council on Education</a> (ACE) are jointly investing in research around competency-based education and the use of digital badges in an effort to help institutions better understand how skills-based approaches can help more learners get a college degree and achieve their employment goals, the organizations announced today.  </p> <p>The first phase of the research, which is already underway, will create a common vocabulary around competency-based education to enable a broader understanding of the increasingly popular learning approach. The second phase of the research will address barriers to adoption, promote structured dialogue, and help determine the best way for digital badges to record, certify and accumulate evidence of a learner's achievements. Components of the work will be available in <span class="xn-chron">July 2014</span> and the full findings will be made public later in the year. </p> <p>"Competency-based education is an important model that has the potential to offer learners an efficient path to a college degree, professional skills and employability," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/katie-blot.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Katie Blot</a>, senior vice president of education services at Blackboard. "Many institutions want to learn more about the approach and determine how it could fit into their larger teaching and learning strategy. We are very excited to partner with ACE to provide substantial insight that will help schools have productive conversations and build informed strategies in this emerging area." </p> <p>ACE is the nation's most visible and influential higher education association and leader in evaluating alternative credentialing. Blackboard, <a href="http://blog.blackboard.com/shaping-future-education-founding-member-badge-alliance/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">a founding member of the Badge Alliance</a>, has <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/news-and-events/press-releases/Archive.aspx?releaseid=122697" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">integrated its industry-leading learning environment with the Mozilla Open Badges framework</a>, which enables millions of educators to become badge issuers to students who can then use their badge achievements portably in their online identities and resumes. </p> <p>"Innovative pedagogical models and forms of validation hold promise in assisting the millions of Americans who seek to complete quality postsecondary degrees and credentials," said <span class="xn-person">Cathy Sandeen</span>, vice president of ACE's Center for Education Attainment and Innovation. "This important baseline research on definitions and common approaches will be of great value to colleges and universities and to the field as a whole."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><b><u>About the American Council on Education<br/></u></b><i>Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing more than 1,600 college and university presidents, and more than 200 related associations, nationwide. It provides leadership on key higher education issues and influences public policy through advocacy. For more information, please visit </i><a href="http://click.bsftransmit1.com/ClickThru.aspx?pubids=6776%7c662983%7c69781%7c807&digest=kalNf%2f4NOdfCn2d39vzEog&sysid=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.acenet.edu</a><i> or follow ACE on Twitter </i><a href="http://click.bsftransmit1.com/ClickThru.aspx?pubids=6776%7c662984%7c69781%7c807&digest=hQQ6Yvsu%2fMT0%2fCAQTHsuzQ&sysid=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@ACEducation</a><i>.</i></p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:58:16 GMT Blackboard Acquires Perceptis <h2 class="detail_subheader">Company Expands Its Focus on Education Services to Improve Student Outcomes</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 8, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">July 8, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced the acquisition of Perceptis, an industry-leading help desk and student support services provider. Through the acquisition, Blackboard <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/higher-education/student-pathways/index.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">extends its capabilities</a> to provide integrated services to support students at every step of their education pathway.  </p> <p>Based in <span class="xn-location">Greenville, South Carolina</span>, support specialists at Perceptis' two U.S.-based operation centers simplify the enrollment, financial aid, administrative processes and technical support for over 1.4 million students, faculty and staff members annually. Together, Blackboard and Perceptis will support millions of campus community members at over 500 institutions, through support teams located at five operation centers nationwide. </p> <p>Today's announcement marks Blackboard's latest investment in providing more value directly to learners, delivering on student expectations, and offering institutions relevant solutions that extend far beyond a single technology. By delivering a consistent and unified experience to students, Blackboard's Student Pathway Services help improve not just outcomes for learners but an institution's overall operating efficiency. </p> <p>"Over the past three years, Blackboard has helped us provide exceptional services and support that has positively impacted the success of our students' college experience," said <span class="xn-person">Gloria McCall</span>, vice president at <span class="xn-location">Kentucky Community</span> & Technical College System. "The acquisition of Perceptis demonstrates Blackboard's commitment to being first in class for 24/7/365 virtual services."</p> <p>Blackboard has offered these services to higher education institutions for several years, including providing support to campuses using a wide range of technology solutions – not just Blackboard's. In addition to providing support for enrolled students, Blackboard also provides marketing, recruiting and enrollment services to help institutions grow their overall enrollments and academic programs.</p> <p>"With the many touch points students have to an institution, we are starting to see an increasing desire from students for more immediate access and greater personalization across all aspects of their education experience," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jay Bhatt</a>, CEO of Blackboard. "By combining the Blackboard and Perceptis teams, we will enhance a service model that the industry needs: one that fully supports students from the first moment they are interested in a school to the day they graduate."</p> <p>"Student expectations around how they are supported by their schools is drastically changing," said <span class="xn-person">Trevor Allen</span>, president and CEO of Perceptis. "I couldn't be more excited for Perceptis to become a part of Blackboard and work in unison to help drive change and innovation in the way education and education services are delivered."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:58:16 GMT Students Say They Are More Motivated in Digital Learning Environments than Traditional Ones <h2 class="detail_subheader">Survey Also Reveals Boys More Likely to Take Online Classes</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 30, 2014</p> <p/> <p/> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 30, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Students in digital learning environments are more interested in what they are learning in school, more motivated to do well, and feel a stronger connection to their school than students in traditional, face-to-face classes, according to a <a href="http://bbbb.blackboard.com/PTdigitallearningreport2014" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">report</a> released today from <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> and <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Project Tomorrow</a><sup>®</sup>. The study also found that boys are more likely than girls to take online classes. </p> <p>The report found that nearly 50 percent of virtual high school students say they were interested in what they were learning in school, while only 32 percent of traditional high school students said the same. A similar disconnect exists in terms of motivation to do well with more than one-third of virtual school students saying they are motivated because they like school. Only a quarter of traditional school students say the same.  </p> <p>Similarly, while only 24 percent of traditional high school students say their school cares about them as a person, nearly 40 percent of students who have had some type of school-based digital learning experience believe that their school cares about them. </p> <p>The study also found that the most defining characteristic within the digital learning profile is gender with a larger percentage of boys being represented across all categories. Among high school and grade school students, 59 percent of those who have taken an online course, either self-study or teacher-led, are boys and 60 percent are enrolled in a virtual school. For girls, 52 percent have taken a self-study online class, 50 percent have taken a teacher-led one and only 47 percent are enrolled in a virtual school.  </p> <p>"A <a href="http://www.inacol.org/cms/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/TenMythsAboutVirtualSchools.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">common myth</a> about virtual schools and online learning is that students have limited social interactions and are unable to truly connect with their teachers, peers and course content," said <span class="xn-person">Julie Evans</span>, chief executive officer of Project Tomorrow. "This year's report counters this stereotype and shows that online learning helps develop a strong value proposition around school and learning. Students articulated the benefits of digital learning in terms of how it changes the education process and affects their self-efficacy as learners." </p> <p>"Our education system is very traditional, supporting traditional learners with traditional learning models," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jay Bhatt</a>, CEO of Blackboard. "We need to completely reimagine the educational experience in an effort to better support learners' needs and expectations. This report shows that taking a more digital construct in our approach to K-12 education can create a more meaningful learning experience. I am proud to say that is exactly what we are trying to do at Blackboard."</p> <p>"When students are using digital resources, building multi-media projects, collaborating and connecting online, and conducting online research, they are more interested in schoolwork today and feel more connected to what their future holds tomorrow," said Dr. <span class="xn-person">Mark Edwards</span>, superintendent of the Mooresville Graded School District in <span class="xn-location">North Carolina</span>, which uses Blackboard solutions to power the district's blended learning program. </p> <p>The findings, which focused on understanding the student perspective on the impact and benefits of innovative and alternative classroom models, are included in <a href="http://bbbb.blackboard.com/PTdigitallearningreport2014" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>Trends in Digital Learning: Students' Views on Innovative Classroom Models</i></a>, which was released at the 2014 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in <span class="xn-location">Atlanta, Georgia</span>. The report is based on data from the <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">2013 Speak Up annual survey</a> that captures the views of more than 400,000 K-12 students, parents, educators, administrators and other community members across the U.S. each year about digital learning. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><b>About Project Tomorrow<br/></b>Project Tomorrow® is the nation's leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education. With 17 years of experience in the K-12 education sector, Project Tomorrow regularly provides consulting and research support about key trends in K-12 science, math and technology education to school districts, government agencies, business and higher education. </p> <p>The Speak Up National Research Project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Since 2003, over 3.4 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. Learn more at tomorrow.org. </p> <p/> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 07:32:13 GMT Blackboard Launches New Approach to K-12 Communications <h2 class="detail_subheader">Customizable District Mobile App Gives Parents Access to School and Student Information in One Central Location</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 26, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 26, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard has unveiled a comprehensive mobile communications solution that gives K-12 schools and districts a different and more unified approach to community engagement, the company announced today. <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/sites/k12central/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>K-12 Central</i></a><sup>™</sup> brings together Web site data, mass notification technology, and third party feeds into a single mobile app to create a more effective culture of communication. </p> <p>Through a beautifully designed, custom-branded app, K-12 Central gives parents access to school, district and student information, such as lunch menus, attendance reports, and homework assignments, all within a central hub, eliminating the need for multiple communication touch points. Information and updates usually found on a district's Web site, through social media, or received through teacher and administrator handouts, emails, or calls can all be accessed and made available in a single app across multiple devices.</p> <p>"We are dedicated to providing K-12 communities with solutions they need in ways that work for them," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/mark-strassman.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Strassman</a>, senior vice president of product management for Blackboard. "With over 77 percent of K-12 parents using smartphones and spending 89 percent of their time on these devices using mobile apps, any communications strategy has to start with mobile. With so many touch points between parents, schools and districts, it just makes sense to create a central place where all information can be accessed and all communications can seamlessly happen." </p> <p>This announcement marks the latest step in Blackboard's efforts to integrate its industry-leading products into complete solutions that uniquely address the critical needs of its core markets. By integrating <i>Edline</i><sup>™ </sup>and <i>Blackboard Connect</i><sup>™</sup>, two of the most widely used K-12 Web and mass notification communications systems, within one mobile app, districts are able to reach families and students in a consistent and comprehensive way. </p> <p>"Today's parents and students want to communicate with us in ways that mirror the rest of their lives," said <span class="xn-person">Zac Rantz</span>, chief communications officer for Nixa Public Schools. "If we meet them where they already are, they will be more apt to stay involved and engaged. Blackboard's forward-thinking vision to help us take a 'mobile-first' approach to communications has benefited our district, and, with the combination of products and services, this vision has become a reality."  </p> <p>Available in apps for iOS<sup>®</sup> and Android<sup>™</sup> devices, K-12 Central allows end-users to customize newsfeeds with information that is most relevant to them, such as calendars, schedules, lunch menus, attendance reports, events, athletic schedules, and more. Users are also able to instantly receive push notifications from their district and schools and access class content, assignments and grades within the mobile app. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.  </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.  <br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><i>Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to </i><a href="http://www.google.com/permissions/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>Google Permissions</i></a><i>.</i></p> <p><i>iOS is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. </i></p> <p><u>CONTACT <br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc. <br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a>   </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:01:37 GMT University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Selects Blackboard <h2 class="detail_subheader">Next-Generation Learning Environment Will Support Over 40,000 Students</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 17, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 17, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- The <span class="xn-org">University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign</span> has reaffirmed their partnership with Blackboard to power the university's primary centrally-supported learning management platform, <a href="https://compass.illinois.edu/webct/entryPageIns.dowebct" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Illinois Compass</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the company</a> announced today. Blackboard's comprehensive learning environment will support over 2,000 courses for over 40,000 students. </p> <p>Blackboard has worked with the University since 2006 to deliver a blended online learning program that supplements traditional face-to-face courses and provides students and faculty with mobile access to all course materials. </p> <p>"More and more, institutions are looking for ways to leverage technology to successfully deliver educational programs and help ensure student success," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/maurice-heiblum.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Maurice Heiblum</a>, senior vice president of higher education for Blackboard. "We are looking forward to continuing our partnership with the <span class="xn-org">University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign</span> and working with faculty and staff to provide innovative solutions to students that will help them meet their educational goals – now and five years from now."  </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 10:00:55 GMT University of Windsor Replaces Existing LMS with Blackboard <h2 class="detail_subheader">University Selects Industry's Leading Learning Management Environment</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 16, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 16, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- The <span class="xn-org">University of Windsor</span> has selected Blackboard to power its online and blended learning platform for its 16,500 students, the company announced today. </p> <p>The University will replace its current learning management system (LMS) with <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/higher-education/learning-solutions/index.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard's learning environment</a>, citing the company's innovative product road map, industry leadership, and comprehensive student and faculty assessment tools as driving factors for the switch. </p> <p>"We need to invest in technologies that facilitate new ways of teaching and learning and align with the strategic directions of the University," said Dr. <span class="xn-person">Alan Wright</span>, Vice-Provost, Teaching and Learning at the <span class="xn-org">University of Windsor</span>. "We also strive to provide our students with an education that equips them for the challenges they will face beyond the walls of the institute. Digital literacy, contemporary communication capabilities, and independent learning are all key elements of that preparation that Blackboard can help us facilitate." </p> <p>"The power of the Blackboard platform will allow us to engage a new audience for our courses, and to support our students, who may be anywhere in the world, helping to break down the barriers of geography and access," said <span class="xn-person">Bala Kathiresan</span>, Executive Director, Information Technology Services. "With Blackboard's platform, instructors will be able to imagine and achieve new ways of engaging students with online and blended learning. Additionally, the platform leverages our Connecting Windsor Essex<sup>TM</sup> relationships as we build on <span class="xn-org">St. Clair College's</span> existing partnership with Blackboard." </p> <p>The company will also provide consulting services and training to University officials and faculty to help implement best practices for platform implementation and delivery. The platform will also integrate seamlessly into the University's student information system (SIS) so student course and enrollment information will automatically, and conveniently, populate within the learning environment. </p> <p>"We are seeing more and more institutions like the <span class="xn-org">University of Windsor</span> take a more strategic approach to their online learning environment and look beyond immediate needs and into what will be needed five or ten years down the road," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/maurice-heiblum.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Maurice Heiblum</a>, senior vice president of higher education for Blackboard. "This approach, along with a razor-sharp focus on student success, runs parallel to how we approach our product and solutions development. There is great synergy with this partnership and we are excited to work with such a forward-thinking university."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 14:01:11 GMT Blackboard and StudyPortals Join Forces <h2 class="detail_subheader">Partnership Supports Students from Interest to Graduation</h2><p class="release_data">London,5 June 2014</p> <p>–<a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">Blackboard</a> and <a href="http://www.studyportals.eu/">StudyPortals</a>, two of the world’s leading education companies, are partnering to offer complementary services that will help universities attract, engage and support learners from the first moment they are interested in a course to the day they graduate, the companies announced today. </p><p> StudyPortals is a leading study choice search platform that helps connect students with the best education options for them. The website provides prospective students with access to a comprehensive database of the leading universities and business schools worldwide, and then generates an overview of the best Bachelor, Master, PhD, or short courses that match their education goals. At the same time, StudyPortals helps universities with targeted online marketing strategies to reach these prospective students. </p><p> Starting with the enrollment process, Blackboard’s comprehensive portfolio of products and services enables universities to deliver highly engaging education experiences to their students. Its complete set of social learning and mobile tools further enriches blended and distance learning programmes. In addition, Blackboard’s analytic solutions track students’ online behavior and performance, allowing universities to offer proactive outreach with personalised support. This helps reduce disengagement, prevent dropouts, and keep learners on track for success. </p><p> "The education landscape is rapidly changing and this partnership will help universities succeed in a highly competitive market," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Matthew-Small.aspx">Matthew Small</a>, senior vice president and managing director, international at Blackboard. "Institutions are looking for ways to attract, engage and support students throughout their entire educational experience – even before enrollment. StudyPortals will give universities access to new and creative ways to reach their target audiences; Blackboard will then enable institutions to provide students with the services and solutions they need to be successful." </p><p> "Thousands of students are still misinformed about their study options and StudyPortals is helping students find their perfect study match," said <a href="http://www.studyportals.eu/about/team/edwin/">Edwin van Rest</a>, CEO at StudyPortals. "Graduation success starts with a good study-choice and our partnership with Blackboard allows us to shift our optimisation beyond the objective of enrollment, towards the goal of graduation. Universities will also benefit by being matched to students who have done their research and know this is the best match for them. This, in turn, will help reduce dropout rates." </p><p> For more information about Blackboard, click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BlackboardK12">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. For more information about StudyPortals, click <a href="http://www.studyportals.eu/">here</a> or follow <a href="https://www.linkedin.com/company/studyportals">StudyPortals</a> on LinkedIn </p><p> # # # </p><p> <b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br> Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboards solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. </p><p> <b>About StudyPortals</b><br> StudyPortals is the international study choice platform, enabling students to find and compare their study options across borders. With over 35,000 published courses from over 1,500 participating universities and over 3.5 million monthly visits, StudyPortals is a leading information source for study seekers. Initially StudyPortals focused on the European education market, but has the ambition to make study choice transparent, globally. For universities, StudyPortals offers a low-effort and result-based channel for international recruitment. </p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:54:34 GMT Blackboard Launches Professional Competency Profile for Students <h2 class="detail_subheader">Student-Focused MyEdu Profile Now Integrated into the Industry's Leading Learning Management Platform</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 2, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">June 2, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard has unveiled a professional profile designed specifically for students and embedded directly in <a href="https://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup>, the company announced today. Leveraging <a href="http://blog.blackboard.com/myedu-now-blackboard-solution/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the MyEdu experience</a>, the profile, along with a redesign of the company's <a href="https://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#portfolio" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">student portfolio tool</a>, creates a more holistic learning environment that enables students to easily and professionally tell their academic story, outline their competencies, and ultimately connect them to job and internship opportunities.  </p> <p><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/news-and-events/Press-Releases.aspx?releaseid=122712" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Only five months after the acquisition of MyEdu</a>, Blackboard has integrated the incredibly successful set of student-focused tools that are already used by millions of students, directly into the company's existing learning platform. The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3BbmX-idsM&feature=youtu.be" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Enhanced Cloud Profile</a> allows students to capture and showcase a wide-range of information including their skills, competencies, academic achievements and degree plans to peers, instructors and potential employers. </p> <p>"The profile can highlight the same things your resume would, but it tells a more compelling story," said <span class="xn-person">Davante Lewis</span>, <span class="xn-org">University of Louisiana</span> System student board member and student at <span class="xn-org">McNeese State University</span>. "It's a way you can market yourself beyond the typical 'what did you graduate in' and 'what jobs did you have.' This student profile is designed to show what students are capable of. It makes a huge difference in positioning yourself for a successful career."</p> <p>Students control every aspect of their data on the Enhanced Cloud Profile through strict privacy controls and can also chose to link it to their free MyEdu account. At MyEdu.com, students have access to college planning and career tools, including browsing relevant jobs and internship opportunities that best match their skills and interest. They are also able to make their profiles visible to potential employers and connect directly with them on open positions. </p> <p>"The traditional resume is on its way out and online tools that work for mid-career professionals don't effectively show a college student's skills and accomplishments or truly distinguish their talents," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership.aspx#CEO" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jay Bhatt</a>, CEO of Blackboard. "It just makes sense to leverage the environment students are in every day to house their educational information, to also showcase their skills and connect them to job opportunities. Today's announcement marks the next step in the evolution of the traditional learning management system into a comprehensive environment that is designed specifically for the student, places direct emphasis on student outcomes, and better connects higher education to the workforce." </p> <p>The company also announced the long-awaited redesign of <a href="https://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#portfolio" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Portfolios</a>, a tool embedded in the learning environment that students and faculty use to collect and showcase their academic, professional and personal work, such as course assignments, projects, and publications. While the Enhanced Cloud Profile allows for a high-level view of the educational identity of a student, Portfolios allows for a more in-depth look at specific project work and course assignments. Together, the features enhance the ability for students to illustrate their competencies and achievements through Blackboard Learn. </p> <p>Additionally, Blackboard provides institutions the flexibility and option to leverage a third-party building block for portfolio capabilities through <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Extensions/Featured-Partners/SchoolChapters.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">SchoolChapters</a>. Through this partnership, schools can choose to provide students with mobile access, additional storage and goal tracking capabilities to their portfolio outside of the learning environment, throughout their education career and post-graduation. It can also be leveraged for additional assessment, accreditation and outcomes capabilities. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p/> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> is the world's leading education technology company that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a>. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:48:38 GMT U.S. Foreign Military Program Chooses Blackboard to Support the Security Training of Partner Nations <h2 class="detail_subheader">Next-Generation Training Environment Provides Online, Social and Mobile Learning Solutions</h2> <p class="release_data">WASHINGTON – May 28, 2014 </p> <p>– <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">Blackboard’s</a> teaching and learning solutions are now a part of the <a href="http://www.dsca.mil/programs/fms">U.S. Foreign Military Sales</a> (FMS) program, the company announced today. Through the support of the <a href="http://www.public.navy.mil/spawar/Atlantic/Pages/Home.aspx">U.S. Navy Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic</a>, the company’s next-generation training tools can be offered to countries and international organizations all over the world to train security personnel. </p><p> FMS is a form of security assistance where the U.S. government sells defense articles and services to countries and international organizations in an effort to strengthen the security of the U.S. and promote world peace. The Ministry of Defense of Colombia, which includes the Police Department, Army, Navy and Air Force of Colombia, is the first international entity to leverage Blackboard’s solutions through the program to train nearly 60,000 soldiers. </p><p> "Our main focus is keeping our nation safe and identifying partners to help us meet this mission," said Colonel Sarmiento with the Ministry of Defense of Colombia. "We wanted to partner with a leader in the training space that can help us launch and sustain effective and scalable online training programs. Blackboard was the obvious choice." </p><p> Blackboard’s solutions will provide military learners with next-generation online, social and mobile tools that create a continuous learning environment built around peer-to-peer interaction, content and discussions. This allows soldiers in the field to pull information pertinent to in-theater situations, ensuring they receive immediate access to the latest training content. Extending far beyond a traditional learning management system, the environment facilitates virtual classes through unlimited Web conferencing and allows for mobile access to course content so learners can create and view important information from their personal devices. </p><p> "The tools required to wage a successful campaign need to be highly sophisticated and rely on innovative technology at unprecedented levels," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Maurice-Heiblum.aspx">Maurice Heiblum</a>, senior vice president of the higher education, corporate and government markets for Blackboard. "We are thrilled to be a part of the U.S. FMS program to positively impact speed-to-competency for soldiers in partnering countries around the world and help better prepare them for the realties they are facing in the field today and tomorrow." </p><p> For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p><p> # # # </p><p> <b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br> Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. </p><p> <i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 07:03:04 GMT Blackboard Opens New Data Centre in Germany <h2 class="detail_subheader">New Facility Responds to Rising Demand for Central-Europe Hosting Services</h2><p class="release_data">Frankfurt am Main, 30 April 2014 </p> <p>- In a move to better respond to customer requests for an in-region, private cloud facility to host and manage their learning environments,<a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">Blackboard</a> today announced the opening of a new data centre in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The new facility is in addition to those already existing in the Netherlands, United States, Australia and Canada. </p><p> Through Blackboard’s global reach, scale and expansive private cloud hosting capabilities, the company is able to offer schools faster speeds, greater uptime and technical expertise to manage installations, upgrades, and day-to-day system maintenance. This allows institutional staff to devote more time and attention to improving and growing learning programs. </p><p> With service level offerings of up to 99.9 percent, Blackboard’s fast, secure and high performance infrastructure is specifically designed to support student and institutional success. Typically averaging over 150 million student and teacher interactions a day during peak times, the company’s data centres are staffed around-the-clock to guard against threats to physical and data security, natural disasters, and network outages of all types, while also providing a highly reliable hosting environment. </p><p> "We have seen a growing demand for private cloud services and the opening of a new state-of-the-art data centre in Germany addresses this need," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Matthew-Small.aspx">Matthew Small</a>, managing director and senior vice president, international at Blackboard. "This is a priority for us because it is a priority to our customers, especially considering that data protection and processing laws are so stringent. This new production facility will benefit the entire Central European area and reinforces our commitment to the region." </p><p> For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p><p> # # # </p><p> <b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br> Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. </p><p> <i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i> </p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 06:57:49 GMT Teaching and Learning Conference to Gather Education Leaders from Europe, Middle East and Africa <h2 class="detail_subheader">Program Will Address the New Era of Education and the Rising Influence of Learners</h2><p class="release_data">London, 24 April 2014</p> <p>-<a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced details of the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Teaching-and-Learning-Conference/home.aspx">Teaching and Learning Conference 2014</a>, one of the premier annual gatherings of educators, technologists and industry leaders in Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), to take place at the University College Dublin from April 29 to May 2. </p><p> Education technology specialists from universities and colleges across EMEA will be contributing to over 50 presentations and more than 10 workshops and training sessions, focusing on topics such as the impact of big data on education, the emergence of new teaching and learning models, and how mobile technology is providing new opportunities to access and engage in education. </p><p> Sharing innovative best practices and discussing ideas on how to improve student engagement and outcomes will be a key part of the conference. Blackboard executives will also offer information on the company’s product and solutions roadmap. </p><p> In addition to the general sessions, event keynotes will be presented by: </p><p> • <b>Stephen Heppell</b> – Professor and Chair in New Media Environments at the Centre for Excellence in Media Practice of Bournemouth University.<br> • <b>Eamon McAteer</b> - Curriculum Consultant for C2k, who will describe how C2k uses Blackboard Collaborate™ on small projects – school to school, and how the high profile events with NEELB.tv provide schools with virtual fieldtrips that have quality curriculum materials embedded.<br> • <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership.aspx">Jay Bhatt</a> – CEO of Blackboard, will share his perspective on the new era of education and how the company is helping address industry changes in a learner-centric world.<br> </p><p> "We’ve expanded our vision for supporting teaching and learning with a wide range of innovative solutions that meet the challenges of learners today and tomorrow," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Matthew-Small.aspx">Matthew Small</a>, managing director and senior vice president, international at Blackboard. "This year, our conference program reflects that broader view and provides a unique opportunity for educators, technologists and industry leaders to share ideas and best practices. We are very much looking forward to a great exchange of ideas from a diverse set of participants who are all helping shape the future of education." </p><p> The conference will be preceded by two special events: the Developers Conference and the new Digital Content Forum. Covering topics relevant to developers, system administrators, and other technical experts, the Developers Conference will host sessions on using plugins, APIs, web services, and open standards with the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The Digital Content Forum will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss best practices around incorporating digital content into the VLE from multiple sources, including all of the major textbook publishers. </p><p> For more information about Blackboard, click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/"> here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BlackboardK12">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p><p> # # # </p><p> <b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br> Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. </p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 06:24:27 GMT Arizona Department of Education Selects Blackboard to Support Online Learning and Collaboration for Educators <h2 class="detail_subheader">Online Professional Learning Tools Used to Support more than 60,000 Educators Statewide</h2> <p class="release_data">May 20, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">May 20, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- The <a href="http://www.azed.gov/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Arizona Department of Education</a> (ADE) has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> to deliver a statewide solution for professional learning and collaboration that will further its mission of providing service and support to more than 60,000 educators in over 2,000 public schools in districts across the state, the company announced today. </p> <p>Through this collaborative effort, the ADE will leverage Blackboard's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/k12/teaching-and-learning/innovative-classroom.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Innovative Classroom</a> solution to provide a single, unified professional learning and collaboration platform for their agency. The initiative is part of the ADE's larger goal to help teachers successfully implement <span class="xn-location">Arizona's</span> College and Career Ready Standards and to streamline the technical assistance, service and support that the agency provides to educators.   </p> <p>Blackboard's comprehensive set of learning solutions, selected following a rigorous evaluation process, provides support for online and mobile learning, real-time video interaction and collaboration, and integration with other state systems. The integration will allow teachers to register for classes, pay course fees, and track their path to certification and endorsements, all within their online learning environment.</p> <p>"The K-12 educational landscape is quickly changing and teachers need professional learning opportunities that support their individual goals, but also help them set their students up for success through new, innovative approaches to teaching," said <span class="xn-person">John Huppenthal</span>, <span class="xn-location">Arizona's</span> Superintendent of Public Instruction. "Blackboard's comprehensive, mobile-friendly teaching and learning environment will allow <span class="xn-location">Arizona</span> to keep up with the rapid pace of innovation and meet the needs of our education community."</p> <p>Moving forward, the state's Regional Centers, County Education Service Agencies, districts and schools can choose to leverage the solution through the ADE, which also includes implementation services and platform training, to support their own unique professional learning and K-12 student online learning needs.</p> <p>"Standardizing online platforms and tools across a state is a great business decision and we are seeing more and more state departments move in this direction," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/mark-belles.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Belles</a>, senior vice president for K-12 at Blackboard. "We are also seeing the positive influence state-level professional development programs have on teacher performance. Based on this, we are thrilled to partner with <span class="xn-location">Arizona's</span> Department of Education and support them as they think more holistically about how they can improve operational efficiencies while also providing an innovative approach to how education is delivered."</p> <p>Blackboard already works with nearly 70 school districts in <span class="xn-location">Arizona</span> across multiple products, solutions and services. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 13:00:28 GMT Miami-Dade Schools Selects Blackboard for Communications Solution <h2 class="detail_subheader">Effort Will Improve Communication Efforts Between the District and its Students, Parents and Teachers</h2> <p class="release_data">May 15, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">May 15, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS) has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> to enhance district-wide communications through the selection of its advanced mass notification capabilities, the company announced today. Through this continued partnership, Blackboard works with some of the largest school districts in the country providing their communication solution and offering consulting, including Los Angeles Unified School District and <span class="xn-location">Chicago</span> Public Schools. </p> <p>Following a comprehensive evaluation process of leading notification providers, officials cited their selection of Blackboard's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Markets/K-12/solutions/Communications.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">student and parent engagement solution</a> due to the company's wide range of innovative products and longstanding experience with providing solutions and services specifically designed for K-12 schools.</p> <p>"We are dedicated to offering our community the best in technology and access, and that means making information available on mobile devices," said <span class="xn-person">Alberto Carvalho</span>, superintendent for Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the 2014 Superintendent of the Year. "Our parents and students are not only asking for more access to us, but it is widely known that student outcomes improve when communities are more connected to schools. Using technology helps reduce usage barriers and thereby increase engagement."</p> <p>The district will be able to instantly send texts, instant messages, emails and voice messages in multiple languages about emergency situations and other school-related information, such as school closings, announcements, weather-related information, and more, to the entire district community in seconds. </p> <p>"Schools and districts are not driving communication strategies – students and parents are," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Mark-Belles.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Belles</a>, senior vice president for Blackboard K-12. "We are very excited to partner with districts like MDCPS who share our vision of using technology to increase engagement and participation. Having information and resources available at students' fingertips puts more opportunities into their hands."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 15:42:18 GMT Blackboard Wins CODiE Award for Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution <h2 class="detail_subheader">Blackboard Analytics Earns Top Honors from Educators, Administrators and Institutional Leaders</h2> <p class="release_data">May 15, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">May 15, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard won one of the software industry's most prestigious honors this week when <i>Blackboard Analytics</i>™ was named the Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution at the Software & Information Industry's Association's (SIIA) 2014 CODiE Awards. The product was also named the Best Overall Postsecondary Solution.</p> <p>Judges recognized Blackboard Analytics as the best business management solution that supports institutions and enables data exchange, processing and reporting. The product earned the highest marks for overall aesthetics and navigation, customizable features, and compliance with industry standards. Nominated education technology products are judged by educators, administrators, IT and other institutional leaders.</p> <p>"SIIA's 2014 Education CODiE Award winners are some of the most innovative, high-impact education products out there," said <span class="xn-person">Karen Billings</span>, SIIA vice president for the education division. "We congratulate all of this year's CODiE Award winners, and thank them for the contributions they have made to the education industry."</p> <p>"We couldn't be prouder of our CODiE award win as the same people that make up our user base also drove the judging process," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/about-us/leadership/mark-strassman.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Strassman</a>, senior vice president of product management for Blackboard. "We have been working hard to partner with our customers to improve their product experience and evolve our solutions in a way that helps learners succeed and institutions effectively operate. Their input has helped us create an innovative analytics tool that not only inspires new ways to learn, but also helps facilitate the business of education by allowing leadership to drive informed institutional change."</p> <p>From at-risk student identification, capacity planning analysis, and cost of instruction assessments, Blackboard Analytics is designed around a combination of enterprise data warehousing, analytics, and services to help institutions operate more effectively. By turning data into actionable insights, educational leaders have the information they need to improve institutional performance and promote student success. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><b>About SIIA<br/></b>SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content.  Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA's members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property.  The <b>SIIA Education Division</b> serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.siia.net/education" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.siia.net/education</a>.</p> <p><b>About the SIIA CODiE™ Awards<br/></b>The SIIA CODiE™ Awards, originally called the Excellence in Software Awards, were established in 1986 by the Software Publishers Association (SPA), now the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), so that pioneers of the then-nascent software industry could evaluate and honor each other's work. Since then, the CODiE Awards program has carried out the same purpose – to showcase the software and information industry's finest products and services and to honor excellence in corporate achievement.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 13:01:39 GMT Blackboard and Discovery Education Partner to Support the Use of Digital Content in Higher Education <h2 class="detail_subheader">K-12 Launch Planned for Later this Year</h2> <p class="release_data">May 1, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">May 1, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> Inc. and <a href="http://www.discoveryeducation.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Discovery Education</a> today announced a powerful new partnership supporting the integration of digital content into university and community college courses nationwide. Through the partnership, higher education faculty and students can now access Discovery Education's dynamic digital media through Blackboard's teaching and learning environment and on their mobile devices. In addition, the two companies are building a K-12 focused integration with plans to launch later this year. </p> <p>Featuring course-aligned digital content focused on preparing students with the knowledge and skills to compete in the competitive global economy, the integration of the <a href="http://highered.discoveryeducation.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Discovery Education Higher Ed</a> digital content service into Blackboard's teaching and learning environment creates a seamless course design experience for faculty to search, preview, select and embed over 90,000 award-winning learning resources directly into their courses. This includes videos, images, audio learning guides, writing prompts and more. </p> <p>Later this year the planned integration for K-12 students and instructors will provide access to Discovery Education Streaming Plus content, which provides teachers and students with more than 151,000 standards-aligned resources that address multiple learning styles and support the Common Core State Standards.   <b>  </b></p> <p>"Educators need education technology and content providers to be partners with them in creating effective lessons that not only drive high-quality digital resources into courses, but also appeal to students," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Katie-Blot.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Katie Blot</a>, senior vice president of Blackboard's Education Services. "We are excited to partner with Discovery Education to offer a robust, yet streamlined, workflow for teachers and help students access engaging and dynamic content in the learning environment they are in every day and on the mobile devices they use every day."</p> <p>Both higher education and K-12 students will see and hear real-life applications that enhance traditional courses. For example, they can see videos that solve mathematical problems, images of the body's systems, and footage from historical events, all within the Blackboard learning environment they use daily. Additionally, digital content is continuously refreshed so instructors can pull topical and timely material in real time.</p> <p>"Discovery Education is pleased to partner with Blackboard on this initiative to continue to provide effective resources for educators and students across the country," said <span class="xn-person">Scott Kinney</span>, Discovery Education senior vice president. "Integrating Discovery Education's rich digital content into Blackboard's teaching and learning environment creates powerful new systems that support our shared goal of preparing all students for college, careers and citizenship." </p> <p>Higher education institutions can click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/discovery" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> to request a free trial of the integration and K-12 schools can click <a href="http://bbbb.blackboard.com/Discoverypartnership" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> to receive information on integration availability. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BlackboardK12" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. For more information about Discovery Education, click <a href="http://www.discoveryeducation.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=discovery%20education&src=typd&mode=users" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@DiscoveryEd</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Discovery Education<br/></b>Discovery Education is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content that supports the implementation of Common Core, professional development, assessment tools, and the largest professional learning community of its kind.  Available in over half of all U.S. schools, community colleges and in 50 countries around the world, Discovery Education partners with districts, states and like-minded organizations to captivate students, empower teachers, and transform classrooms with customized solutions that accelerate academic achievement. Discovery Education is powered by Discovery Communications (NASDAQ: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the number one nonfiction media company in the world. Explore the future of education at <a href="http://www.discoveryeducation.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.discoveryeducation.com</a>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.  Statements regarding Blackboard's product development initiatives, including new products and future product upgrades, updates or enhancements represent Blackboard's current intentions, but may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available.</i></p> <p><b><u>CONTACT<br/></u></b><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a></p> <p><span class="xn-person">Christina Scripps</span>, Discovery Education <br/>(240)-662-6502 or <a href="mailto:Christina_Scripps@discovery.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">christina_scripps@discovery.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 13:28:59 GMT Blackboard and Grupo Positivo Partner to Strengthen e-Learning in Brazil <h2 class="detail_subheader">Partnership in Response to Growing Brazilian Regional Demand for Distance Learning</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 28, 2014</p> <p/> <p/> <p/> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 28, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a>, a global leader in technology solutions for the education industry, and Positivo Informatica (IT), Universidade Positivo (University) and Editora Positivo (Publisher) today announced a strategic partnership to offer Blackboard's teaching and learning solution to thousands of Brazilian students.</p> <p>"With more than seven million students in higher education and projections to double over the next few years, <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span> is one of the most dynamic countries in the world for education," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Matthew-Small.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Matthew Small</a>, managing director and senior vice president, international at Blackboard. "We are very excited about this agreement. Not only will it extend our reach and elevate our brand in <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, but we will be able to work with Grupo Positivo on the shared mission of taking an innovative approach to how education is delivered." </p> <p>"<a href="http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings/2013-14/world-ranking" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Seventy two percent of the world's top universities use Blackboard solutions</a>," said <span class="xn-person">Lucas Guimaraes</span>, vice president of Grupo Positivo. "This is one of the reasons why we chose to partner with them, along with the certainty of bringing cutting edge technology to our students."</p> <p>With this agreement, Positivo University will adopt Blackboard's platform for its students and teachers. In addition, nearly 40 higher education institutions using Portal Universitario - one of the education portals created by Positivo Informatica - will have the option to transition onto Blackboard's online solution and start to enjoy the new features.</p> <p>Used by millions of students in over 70 countries, Blackboard solutions extend far beyond a traditional learning management system (LMS) to include virtual classes and mobile access to course content so students can create and view important information from their personal devices. </p> <p>In <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, Blackboard is distributed exclusively by Grupo A, an educational holding company that has been working for more than 40 years in the Brazilian market. Blackboard's platform for distance learning will also innovate teacher training programs offered by Editora Positivo and Positivo Informatica.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, click <a href="http://www.blackboard.grupoa.com.br/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. For more information about the Positivo Group and its units, click <a href="http://www.positivo.com.br/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">he</a><u>re</u>.</p> <p/> <p><b>About Blackboard</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p/> <p><b>About Positivo Informatica</b></p> <p>Positivo Informatica (BM & FBOVESPA: POSI3) is <span class="xn-location">Brazil's</span> largest computer manufacturer, and has a prominent presence in Argentina.Employs around 4500 employees at its plants in <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, located in Curitiba (PR), Manaus (AM) and Ilheus (BA), and <span class="xn-location">Argentina</span>, in Tierra del Fuego and Buenos Aires. In its portfolio of products desktops, notebooks, tablets, smartphones and mobile phones. Presence in more than 10 000 points of sale in <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span> and <span class="xn-location">Argentina</span> in 2000, in addition to about 7000 registered dealers throughout Brazil. More information available on <a href="http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&prev=_t&sl=pt-BR&tl=en&u=http://www.positivoinformatica.com.br/ri" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.positivoinformatica.com.br/ri</a> .</p> <p><b>About Division of Educational Technology Positivo Informatica</b></p> <p>Founded twenty years ago, the Division of Educational Technology Positivo Informatica offers solutions that enrich the teaching-learning process and transform the classroom into a stimulating and challenging environment for students. Are portals, educational tables, platforms, applications and digital content, equipment for schools, students and teachers and training and educational programs present monitoring in approximately 14,000 schools across <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span> and in over 40 countries.</p> <p/> <p><b>About Editora Positivo</b> </p> <p>Founded in 1979, Editora Positivo specializes in educational segment and develops textbooks, children's and youth literature, dictionaries and educational systems, with emphasis on Aurelius, the most important dictionary of the Portuguese language. Editora Positivo is present in thousands of private and public schools in <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span> and <span class="xn-location">Japan</span> with the Positivo Education System and Education System Learning Brazil. In production base has a its own research center in which hundreds of experts from different fields of knowledge, providing support and intellectual support to the development of new works and products.</p> <p><b>About Positivo University</b></p> <p>Positivo University was born of the experience of four decades of Positivo Group. The institution originated in 1988 with the Positivo College, that ten years later, was transformed at the Positivo University Center (UnicenP). In 2008, it was authorized by the Ministry of Education to be transformed into University. Currently, occupies an area of 424.8 thousand square meters and offers 56 Undergraduate courses (29 courses and Bachelor Degree Courses and 27 Superior Technology), three Doctoral programs, four masters programs, hundreds of programs and MBA Specialization and dozens of Extension programs. In 2013, also started to operate in Distance Education segment, with Positivo Online University, through which offers courses Undergraduate, Graduate and Extension in dozens of centers across the country.</p> <p/> <p><b>About Grupo A Educacao</b></p> <p>Grupo A Educacao, a Brazilian holding company with 40 years of experience in the educational market, brings together a diverse business portfolio. Integrating solutions in content, technology and services, Grupo A has consolidated publishing brands - Artmed, Bookman, Penso e Artes Medicas - and partnerships with leading companies in their industries, such as Blackboard, Kaltura and McGraw-Hill Education.</p> <p/> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 11:09:42 GMT Blackboard Store Sees Strong Momentum <h2 class="detail_subheader">Fully Operational Store Will Be In Use This Summer by a Growing Number of Institutions</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 16, 2014</p> <p/> <p/> <p/> <p/> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 16, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> today announced that several higher education institutions have already launched the Blackboard Store or plan to do so in time for the summer semester. </p> <p>The Blackboard Store is a fully operational e-commerce system directly within the teaching and learning platform. Without having to leave the learning environment, students can see instructor-assigned and recommended materials that correspond with each of their individual courses and are able to add those materials to a shopping cart for streamlined purchase or rental. </p> <p>"There is a strong need to provide content options that are both friendly to the student workflow and friendly to the student wallet," said <span class="xn-person">Glynn C. Cavin</span>, Ph.D., associate vice chancellor for distance learning at <span class="xn-org">Troy University</span>. "We are thrilled with the latest innovation from Blackboard, a pioneer in digital content. They have a long history of effectively delivering content to students. Through this partnership, we are able to deliver an enormously positive effect on our students' overall educational experience."</p> <p>With competitive pricing and guaranteed buyback, the Blackboard Store provides an extremely personalized student purchasing experience for a variety of course materials, including print and e-textbooks and other supplemental content. </p> <p>"We are excited to partner with more and more forward-thinking schools to deliver a unique, student-focused option for purchasing learning materials," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Katie-Blot.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Katie Blot</a>, senior vice president of education services for Blackboard. "By enabling students to purchase with confidence and convenience, we have put them in a better position to easily and deeply engage with the materials. This will ultimately drive student success. The Blackboard Store marks the latest in a series of innovative, learner-focused initiatives from us. You should expect to see more soon."</p> <p>The Blackboard Store is delivered in partnership with <a href="http://www.mbsdirect.net/index.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MBS Direct</a> and offers access to more than 10 million pieces of content. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:09:45 GMT Blackboard and LiveSafe Partner to Enhance Campus Safety Through Mobile Communications <h2 class="detail_subheader">Collaboration Aims to Help More Students Connect with Campus Safety Officials</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 15, 2014</p> <p/> <p/> <p/> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 15, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> and <a href="http://www.livesafemobile.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">LiveSafe</a>, two of the leading companies focused on campus safety and security, have joined forces to bring LiveSafe's mobile safety technology to more schools and students across the country, the companies announced today. </p> <p>Blackboard provides integrated campus commerce and security solutions through <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Transact</a></i><span>™</span><sup> </sup>to hundreds of higher education institutions. LiveSafe's mobile technology allows for direct, two-way communication between safety officials and students that allows students to report safety concerns, receive emergency notifications and engage with an interactive safety map. The partnership marks a joint effort to offer LiveSafe to more schools and help enable them to better deter, prevent and respond to safety concerns.</p> <p>With a single touch, the LiveSafe app enables any student with a smartphone to share GPS-tagged video, photos, audio and text to a secure Web-based dashboard monitored by campus safety teams. Free for students, each school may customize the app by layering branding elements and information such as the location of key buildings, resources for emergency management and shuttle bus routes.</p> <p>"Safety is fundamental to ensuring a positive teaching and learning environment in order to achieve meaningful learning outcomes," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/David-Marr.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">David Marr</a>, senior vice president of Blackboard Transact. "We are excited to partner with LiveSafe to empower students in becoming a 'force multiplier,' adding more eyes and ears to campus police departments in real-time. By using a mobile technology that most students own and have with them at all times, schools can take a crowd-sourced approach to safety and facilitate a more direct and meaningful relationship with their students." </p> <p>Created with the expert guidance of practitioners within the public safety and education sectors, including advisors <span class="xn-person">Mark Sullivan</span>, the 22nd Director of the U.S. Secret Service, and Dr. <span class="xn-person">Alan Merten</span>, President Emeritus of <span class="xn-org">George Mason University</span>, LiveSafe has been implemented in schools across nine states and is growing rapidly. </p> <p>"As we continue to meet an increasing demand for LiveSafe, we are thrilled that one of the most significant leaders in education technology has recognized the value of bringing LiveSafe to students across the nation," said <span class="xn-person">Jenny Abramson</span>, CEO and president of LiveSafe. "We are excited to partner with Blackboard to help empower every student and give them the tools they deserve to be safe." </p> <p>The LiveSafe app can be downloaded on both Apple iOS<sup>®</sup> and Android™ smartphones and is available to campuses for a modest annual per student fee.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.livesafemobile.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.LiveSafeMobile.com</a>, download the LiveSafe app found in the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/livesafe/id653666211?ls=1&mt=8" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">iTunes</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.livesafe.activities&hl=en" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Google Play</a> stores, or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/LiveSafeApp" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@LiveSafeApp</a> on Twitter.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><b>About LiveSafe, Inc.<br/></b>LiveSafe provides a comprehensive student-centered safety solution that empowers both students and schools to identify problems and potential threats quickly in order to help make all members of the school community safer. Through a personal safety smartphone app linked to a cloud-based dispatch and command center, LiveSafe enables increased safety by creating a new two-way channel of communication between the community and safety officials. LiveSafe also provides users a suite of emergency services for real time location tracking in distress situations. With LiveSafe, safety officials are able to better identify and assess threats, prevent crimes, and save lives, thus helping to enhance overall safety. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of these trademarks are subject to <a href="http://www.google.com/permissions/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Google Permissions</a>.</p> <p>Apple iOS is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:13:00 GMT University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Selects Blackboard to Help Expand Online Program <h2 class="detail_subheader">Partnership Marks Company's Latest in Series of Student-Focused Service Agreements</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 15, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 15, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- The <a href="https://www.uark.edu/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">University of Arkansas</a>, located in <span class="xn-location">Fayetteville</span>, has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> as its partner to help expand marketing efforts for the institution's online program, the company announced today. The agreement is the latest in a series of Blackboard service partnerships that aim to help institutions expand and grow their online offerings. </p> <p>Blackboard will help university administrators analyze the marketability of its <a href="http://online.uark.edu/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online degree programs</a>. The goal will be to identify and promote key programs targeted to address unmet demands for flexible degree options in <span class="xn-location">Arkansas</span> and neighboring states. The company will also conduct market research, create branding and communications assets, and develop marketing plans to help the university attract new online students. </p> <p>"The benefits of robust online education reach beyond the online student," said Dr. <span class="xn-person">Javier Reyes</span>, vice provost for distance education at the <span class="xn-org">University of Arkansas</span>. "Online programs should be a seamless part of the university ecosystem and student experience. We are excited to partner with Blackboard, a trusted and experienced industry leader, to do just that. They have created innovative methodologies and can demonstrate proven success in helping students meet their educational goals."</p> <p>"Students must know about the university's online programs before they can benefit from them," continued Reyes. "We trust that Blackboard will provide expert marketing guidance and give us a blueprint for future marketing efforts."   </p> <p>University officials cited Blackboard's business model, which allows the university to maintain control over their online programs, selecting the services they want and omitting those they don't, as one of the reasons for their selection. Blackboard's fee-for-service model allows the university to determine the amount of support they need, in the areas they need it.</p> <p>"We are excited to work with forward-thinking institutions like the <span class="xn-org">University of Arkansas</span> as they take innovative approaches to online learning that directly address student needs," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Katie-Blot.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Katie Blot</a>, senior vice president of Blackboard's education services division. "Their focus on providing quality online education and engaged student support directly aligns with our passion for helping schools meet the expectations of today's learners, while also meeting their own enrollment goals."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p>For more information about the <span class="xn-org">University of Arkansas</span>, visit <a href="http://uark.edu/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">uark.edu</a>.</p> <p/> <p><b>About the <span class="xn-org">University of Arkansas, Fayetteville</span><br/></b>The <span class="xn-org">University of Arkansas</span> is the flagship institution of the <span class="xn-org">University of Arkansas</span> System and the premier research institution in the state. It was founded in 1871 as <span class="xn-location">Arkansas'</span> land-grant institution, with the three-fold mission of teaching, research and public service. The U of A offers more than 200 baccalaureate, master's, doctoral, professional and specialist degree programs, and has an enrollment of more than 25,000 students. The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching categorizes the <span class="xn-org">University of Arkansas</span> in its highest research classification, a level that only 2 percent of American colleges and universities share.</p> <p/> <p><b>About Blackboard<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p/> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 10:13:00 GMT U.S. Army War College Selects Blackboard to Train Elite Military Leaders <h2 class="detail_subheader">Cloud Learning Platform Will Make Course Materials More Accessible</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 10, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 10, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- The <a href="http://www.carlisle.army.mil/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">U.S. Army War College</a> (USAWC), an elite institution that trains high-ranking members of the military, has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> to provide a teaching and learning platform in the cloud, the company announced today. USAWC joins nearly 40 Army schools nationwide that already use Blackboard solutions for their online training programs through <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/News-Center/Press-Releases/Archive.aspx?releaseid=1622986" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the company's partnership</a> with the <a href="http://www.tradoc.army.mil/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command</a> (TRADOC).</p> <p>Blackboard will provide a comprehensive training and learning environment for USAWC's Resident Program and Distance Education Program (DEP), a rigorous, two-year program that provides graduate-level instruction to senior military officers and civilians to help develop competencies necessary for senior leadership positions. </p> <p>The platform, which replaced USAWC's legacy training system, will be hosted in the company's private cloud, allowing for easier course access than locally hosted platforms. Instructors will have more flexibility in assigning learning content, and military leaders will have easier access to course materials, having only to authenticate with a single username and password. </p> <p>"USAWC's distance education program has a long history of educating highly accomplished military leaders and arming them with strategic skills necessary to wage a successful military campaign," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Maurice-Heiblum.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Maurice Heiblum</a>, senior vice president of the higher education, corporate and government markets for Blackboard. "There is no room for gaps in training our military elites, and we are honored to partner with USAWC to help them prepare military personnel in a way that truly fosters collaboration and real-time engagement." </p> <p>USAWC's learning environment, powered by Blackboard, extends far beyond a traditional learning management system by facilitating virtual classes through unlimited Web conferencing and allowing for mobile access to course content so learners can create and view important information from their personal devices. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.blackboard.com</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 10:23:27 GMT Blackboard Joins the Internet2 Community <h2 class="detail_subheader">Company Will Collaborate with Internet2 Members to Provide Education Services</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 9, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">April 9, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced that it is joining <a href="http://www.internet2.edu/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Internet2</a><sup>®</sup>, a consortium of thought leaders in the education industry who collaborate on cutting-edge network and technology innovations to overcome challenges facing higher education institutions. </p> <p>The company will also be working with the Internet2's higher education community to validate customized education services for the community. </p> <p>As part of the Internet2 NET+ initiative, Blackboard will work closely with representative Internet2 members to explore advances in learning technologies when delivered over the advanced Internet2 network, develop and customize solutions for use by Internet2 member campuses, and support the alignment of those services with the needs of instructors, students and administrators. The community-validated education services will be delivered on the advanced Internet2 Network and leverage InCommon federated authentication and other community middle ware assets. </p> <p>"I'm thrilled that Blackboard is joining this community of institutions, researchers, and thought leaders who are passionate about education," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Mark-Strassman.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Strassman</a>, senior vice president of product management at Blackboard. "We look forward to collaborating to mutually shape the future of technology and its potential to transform education. Being a part of the conversations happening in the Internet2 community will be another valuable resource to us as we continue to develop solutions that reimagine education."</p> <p>Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 12:01:22 GMT Blackboard Launches Anti-Bullying Texting Service in Australia <h2 class="detail_subheader">Two-Way Text Service Launched to Help Address Bullying, School and Student Safety</h2><p class="release_data">SYDNEY – March 21, 2014</p> <p>–<a href="http://www.blackboard.com" >Blackboard Inc.</a> has launched <a href="http://connect.blackboard.com/TipTxtAus">TipTxt&trade;</a>, a two-way texting service that encourages students to confidentially notify school officials of activity related to bullying or school safety. Already used by hundreds of schools around the world, the service is expected to be a powerful tool for ELC-Year 12 schools and higher education institutions in Australia to use in anti-bullying efforts. </p><p> TipTxt is a tipline that allows for confidential text conversations between students and school officials about challenges that students experience such as bullying and issues that relate to bullying, including abuse, self-esteem or confidence problems. Armed with this insight, school officials can provide resources, advice or other follow-up to help on a case-by-case basis. </p><p> "Some students may feel more comfortable using text messages rather than having a face-to-face meeting," said Andrew Playford, head librarian at Ballina High School, NSW. "Using a technology already available to alert school officials without having to be in their presence or be seen is a very effective means of communication and it could really help stop or prevent bullying." </p><p> "The vast majority of students already have a bullying prevention tool in their pocket – we just need to give them a way to use it," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Jay-Bhatt.aspx">Jay Bhatt</a>, Blackboard CEO. "Helping them communicate with trusted adults in the same way they communicate with each other helps increase the likelihood of engagement. Just as we strive to give students a voice in the classroom, we also want to give them a voice in the hallways, on the playground, and in the lunchroom." </p><p> The service comes with a TipTxt mailbox and implementation and support services. The TipTxt service also includes the cost of text messages. </p><p> For more information about TipTxt, please visit <a href="http://connect.blackboard.com/TipTxtAus">http://connect.blackboard.com/TipTxtAus</a>. </p><p> To arrange an interview with a Blackboard executive or Ballina High School’s Andrew Playford, contact Eloise King at 0401 557 262. </p><p> # # # </p><p> <b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br> Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</i> </p><p> <i>Standard text rates may apply for parent or student TipTxt message senders; they should consult their carrier plans for details. TipTxt uses standard text messaging and may be subject to the security vulnerabilities of any other text message sent to, or received by, the user’s mobile device. </p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:58:41 GMT Wichita State University Selects Blackboard to Drive Student Services and Retention Effort <h2 class="detail_subheader">Partnership is Company's Latest Student-Focused Services Engagement</h2> <p class="release_data">Mar 20, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">March 20, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <span class="xn-org">Wichita State University</span> has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard</a> as its partner in a major effort to increase student retention and enrollment by taking a technology-focused, student-centric approach to services, the company announced today. The agreement is the latest example of Blackboard working to streamline and improve admissions and enrollment processes to help colleges, universities and systems attract more students and keep them on track for success. </p> <p>At <span class="xn-org">Wichita State</span>, Blackboard will provide a blend of technology and services to help students successfully navigate the onboarding process and manage their academic experience. Called the "WSU One-Stop for Student Services," it will coordinate a single, virtual system to streamline the disparate processes for student applications, including enrollment, registration, academic advising, financial aid and student accounts. The system will also provide technology support to students.  </p> <p>Instead of having to go back and forth between separate departments and offices, WSU's 14,000 students will be able to get all the information they need in one place, with live, around-the-clock phone support and a range of services available online and through mobile apps. Blackboard support personnel will also support outreach campaigns to help <span class="xn-org">Wichita State</span> identify prospective students and expedite their admissions and enrollment.</p> <p>"This is about giving students the help they need, when they need it," said <span class="xn-person">Anthony Vizzini</span>, vice president for academic affairs and head of the division that will be responsible for the One-Stop system. "It is a proactive approach to helping students be successful and keeping them on the path to completion."</p> <p>"Students have lots of options today and they increasingly look for top-notch service," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Katie-Blot.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Katie Blot</a>, senior vice president of Blackboard's Education Services Division. "We are excited to partner with <span class="xn-org">Wichita State</span> to create a student-centric approach to delivering services and support that will enhance the student experience and help make onboarding and managing the academic experience a more effective proposition." </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 10:12:07 GMT Blackboard and Pearson Collaborate in Effort to Better Support K-12 Schools <h2 class="detail_subheader">Leading Education Companies Respond to Educators' Requests to Improve Data Flow Among Complementary Platforms</h2> <p class="release_data">Feb 12, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Feb. 12, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ --  <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Inc</a>. and <a href="http://www.pearsonk12.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Pearson</a>, two of the largest providers of technology and services to K-12 education, today announced a collaboration that will improve the integration and flow of data between their complementary K-12 solutions, in direct response to requests from educators.</p> <p>With this partnership, the companies are looking to improve the integrity, security and flow of data between Blackboard's comprehensive product portfolio that offers <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/markets/k-12/overview.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">a range of K-12 solutions</a> for teaching, learning, communication and parent engagement, and <a href="http://www.powerschool.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">PowerSchool</a><sup>®</sup>, Pearson's leading K-12 student information system (SIS).</p> <p><span class="xn-location">Massachusetts'</span> <span class="xn-location">Danvers</span> Public Schools illustrates the ways that districts around the country will benefit from this partnership. Database manager <span class="xn-person">Lisa Zaia</span> said, "<span class="xn-location">Danvers</span> Public Schools uses both PowerSchool and Blackboard solutions and ends up having to manage several daily changes. We are thrilled that Blackboard and Pearson have agreed to improve their product integration to provide better accuracy of our student and staff information."</p> <p>"We are pleased to announce this collaboration as a sign of our strong investment in the K-12 market and dedication to ensuring the success of our customers," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Mark-Strassman.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Strassman</a>, senior vice president of industry and product management for Blackboard. "Through our work with Pearson, we will be able to provide better access between two systems many faculty and administrators rely on daily to drive critical activities such as parent engagement and Common Core initiatives."</p> <p>The first Blackboard solution that will benefit from the PowerSchool integration is <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Markets/K-12/solutions/Communications/Bb-Connect.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>Blackboard Connect</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i><i>, </i>the leading mass notification provider in the country. Planned enhancements include the ability to send notifications from within PowerSchool and greater flexibility with automated notifications to parents. The companies are also actively working to enhance PowerSchool integration with other Blackboard K-12 solutions over the next year. </p> <p>"Through this enhanced collaboration with Blackboard, we hope to make it easier for K-12 educators to use our solutions to access the information they need to engage students and parents and, ultimately, improve learning outcomes," said <span class="xn-person">Oliver Wreford</span>, vice president of strategy and partnerships at Pearson. </p> <p><b>About Pearson<br/></b>Pearson is the world's leading learning company, providing educational materials and services and business information through the Financial Times Group. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe, employing 41,000 people in more than 70 countries. For more information about Pearson, visit <a href="http://www.pearson.com" rel="nofollow">http://www.pearson.com</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</p> <p/> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u><span class="xn-person">Lauren Dyke</span>, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:lauren.dyke@blackboard.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">lauren.dyke@blackboard.com</a></p> <p><span class="xn-person">Susan Aspey</span>, Pearson<br/>(800) 745-8489 or <a href="mailto:susan.aspey@pearson.com" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">susan.aspey@pearson.com</a></p> <p/> <p/> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 13:00:07 GMT Blackboard Introduces Plans for New Online Bookstore <h2 class="detail_subheader">Effort Aims to Simplify Student Purchases of Course Materials</h2> <p class="release_data">Jan 29, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Jan. 29, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced plans to introduce an online bookstore in an effort to simplify the process for students to purchase assigned course materials. The company is kicking off the initiative with limited trials this spring with select postsecondary institutions and planning on a full launch this summer.  </p> <p>While details for the bookstore are still being finalized, Blackboard seeks to create an easier, more personalized experience for students purchasing course materials, including new, used and rental textbooks, e-textbooks, digital content and more. Plans call for the store to be accessed directly within the learning management system (LMS) and for students to see instructor-assigned materials that correspond with each of their individual courses. These materials would pre-populate in a shopping cart for streamlined purchase or rental. </p> <p>"An online bookstore within the LMS is the latest step in our evolution of creating a comprehensive learning experience that fully meets the expectations of today's learners," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Jay-Bhatt.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jay Bhatt, CEO of Blackboard</a>. "The traditional process for students to buy course materials is not an easy one. We are excited to provide a new content distribution concept that offers a simple, easy and highly personalized experience to the student."</p> <p>This spring nearly a dozen higher education institutions will offer the Blackboard online store to their students, including <span class="xn-org">Central Texas College</span>. </p> <p>"We are excited by the opportunities that will be afforded to our students and faculty through Blackboard's online bookstore," said Dr. <span class="xn-person">Thomas Klincar</span>, chancellor at <span class="xn-org">Central Texas College</span>. "It promises to further enhance the online learning experience. By bringing a rich complement of learning content and faculty resources into our existing LMS, we will be better able to serve the diverse needs of our students and help them succeed." </p> <p>In addition to selling books, content and other materials, Blackboard also plans to help streamline the course creation and content assignment process for instructors, who use the bookstore to find and assign both commercial and open materials. </p> <p>"At Wiley, we are focused on helping students perform better by integrating our content, media and assessments directly into the teaching and learning process," said <span class="xn-person">Joe Heider</span>, senior vice president of Global Education at John Wiley & Sons. "This exciting new development by Blackboard will certainly support our efforts.  It is helping create a stronger connection between content accessibility and personalized education, which, in turn, will help improve student outcomes."</p> <p>The online bookstore will be made possible through a strategic partnership with <a href="http://www.mbsdirect.net/index.php" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MBS Direct</a>, the leading provider of online bookstores. MBS Direct currently works with nearly 950 higher education and K-12 institutions across the country giving them access to over 10 million pieces of content. MBS provides students with an elegant, simple, e-commerce model containing content that is competitively priced and often has a guaranteed buyback price, lowering the total cost of ownership.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><b>About MBS Direct<br/></b>MBS Direct, LLC is the industry leader in providing virtual bookstores with comprehensive print and digital inventories of required course materials. Founded in 1992, MBS Direct partners with nearly 950 educational institutions, for innovative bookstore services. During the last 12 months, MBS Direct serviced nearly 1 million students, processed over 1.8 million orders, and shipped over 5 million items in partnership with client institutions.</p> <p>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 09:30:09 GMT Blackboard Acquires MyEdu <h2 class="detail_subheader">MyEdu Helps Students Find Best Path to Degree, Build Professional Profiles</h2> <p class="release_data">Jan 15, 2014</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Jan. 15, 2014</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced the acquisition of <a href="https://www.myedu.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MyEdu</a>, a provider of a popular technology platform that helps college students create an academic roadmap tailored to their academic and career goals and build their first "professional profile" to connect to jobs and internship opportunities. </p> <p>The <span class="xn-location">Austin, Texas</span>-based MyEdu has already helped 1 million students at over 800 schools successfully manage their college experience, share their skills, credentials and capabilities and connect to employment opportunities. </p> <p>The core product from MyEdu is free to students and simplifies the academic planning and course scheduling experience. Students can manage their course schedule and map out their personal education plan using information on classes and schedules drawn from a database of degrees, courses, schedules and information on professors at over 800 schools. The experience simplifies the complex process of course and degree planning, which is key in helping students achieve their academic goals, especially as more and more take courses at multiple institutions. </p> <p>As students use MyEdu, they simultaneously build unique profiles with information on their majors, courses, and relevant experiences that showcase their skills and interests. Students can make their profile and data visible to employers working with MyEdu to connect to job opportunities. College recruiters from leading companies have worked with MyEdu to find qualified, interested students for open positions.</p> <p>"Everyone is looking for ways to help more students obtain degrees more quickly," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Jay-Bhatt.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jay Bhatt</a>, CEO of Blackboard. "MyEdu has created user-friendly tools that help students succeed and create a stronger connection between higher education and the workforce. MyEdu is highly complementary to our current solution set and will help us drive more value and a higher quality experience for learners and enable new paths to support student goals. This strengthens the focus we have on learner success, which is a big priority for us going forward."</p> <p>MyEdu has already successfully implemented partnerships with some of the largest higher education systems in the country, including the <span class="xn-org">University of Texas</span> System, where over 50 percent of students have a MyEdu profile. The company works with institutions to drive higher student adoption rates, better collect and showcase student achievements, and make stronger connections between students and employers. MyEdu has recently expanded its partnership with the <span class="xn-org">University of Louisiana</span> System where it is working in collaboration with state officials on identifying a dynamic talent marketplace for all UL System students and <span class="xn-location">Louisiana</span> employers. </p> <p>"We need stronger connections between higher education and the workforce and MyEdu has been strengthening those connections in a way that benefits students, institutions and employers," said <span class="xn-person">Michael Crosno</span>, CEO of MyEdu. "We are excited to join the Blackboard family of solutions as the company increases its focus on learner needs and student success. This is directly aligned with the core mission of MyEdu and we are anxious for the opportunity to reach even more students and make an even greater impact."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><b>About MyEdu<br/></b>MyEdu is the leading academic and careers platform helping students complete college and find internships and jobs.  MyEdu's free tools and rich academic data have been used by millions of students to graduate on time while reducing the cost of earning their degree. The <a href="https://vimeo.com/50843758" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">MyEdu Student Profile</a> is a credentialing platform that allows students to visually showcase their coursework, skills, talents and experiences. MyEdu for Employers brings students and employers together on a common platform, extending MyEdu's mission to maximize each student's return on education by improving the job placement process. MyEdu is currently used by millions of students at over 800 campuses nationwide and has been endorsed by major higher education institutions. Please visit <a href="http://www.myedu.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.myedu.com</a> to learn more.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard</p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 07:59:26 GMT Blackboard Redesigns Mobile Learning App <h2 class="detail_subheader">Student Feedback From 6 Million Downloads Drives Updates</h2> <p class="release_data">Oct 16, 2013</p> <p/> <p/> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Oct. 16, 2013</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced a completely redesigned <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">mobile learning app</a> following extensive analysis of how students are using mobile devices for education. The update to the mobile version of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>Blackboard Learn</i><span>™</span></a>, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS), focuses on simplifying content consumption which allows for a more engaging user experience and greater productivity. </p> <p>The redesign marks the latest step in the company's efforts to increase its investment in core products, drive greater industry innovation, and integrate its market-leading portfolio to power a comprehensive teaching and learning environment that goes beyond the traditional learning management system. </p> <p>"We are very excited about this design update as it was driven by our users and industry evolution," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Mark-Strassman.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Strassman</a>, senior vice president of product management at Blackboard. "And we're already receiving extremely positive feedback. In particular, student reception has been spectacular. Whether users are logging in at their desktop or on their mobile devices, their experience will be more intuitive, simple and productive."</p> <p>"The new design is simple and easy to navigate," said <span class="xn-person">Terrence Freeman</span>, student at <span class="xn-org">Humber College</span>. "It makes it easy to go into different modules and see the documents and PowerPoints that my teachers have uploaded. I always have my phone with me—and I don't always have my laptop with me—so I like that I can look into a class assignment anytime I need to."</p> <p>The app's new user interface allows for easier consumption, navigation, prioritization and customization of content. Students can assign color labels to courses and content, making it intuitive to identify course materials, and rename, reorder and hide courses from view.</p> <p>The company also announced a number of other improvements to Blackboard Learn including an improved design and workflow for <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#inline-grading" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Inline Assignment Grading</a> and Test IP Address Filtering that would require students to be in a specified physical location, such as a proctored computer lab, in order to take a test within the platform.   </p> <p>"These updates are just the latest investments we have made in our core products and in improving user experience," continued Strassman. "While this is an exciting beginning, rest assured, we will continue to deliver our clients an innovative and comprehensive teaching and learning environment." </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.  </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</p> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:00:30 GMT Blackboard Launches Dedicated Innovation Initiative <h2 class="detail_subheader">First Offering is Polls by Blackboard, a Free Classroom Response Tool</h2> <p class="release_data">Oct 16, 2013</p> <p/> <p/> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Oct. 16, 2013</span> /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced the creation of <a href="http://labs.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Labs</a>, an initiative dedicated solely to innovation and experimentation with education technology to help shape the future of the industry. The first offering to come out of the initiative is <a href="http://polls.bb/about" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Polls by Blackboard</a>, a free classroom response tool that enables live, in-class surveys directly from mobile devices.</p> <p>By identifying creative and unique ideas from both inside and outside the company, Blackboard Labs focuses on experimenting with new teaching and learning technologies and launching early prototypes for users to test and provide feedback on. As a centralized effort within the company's Product Management team, Blackboard Labs will source ideas related to all areas of education. </p> <p>This project marks the latest step in the company's efforts to increase its investment in core products, drive greater industry innovation, and integrate its market-leading portfolio to power a comprehensive teaching and learning environment that goes beyond the traditional learning management system. </p> <p>"Blackboard Labs represents a place for us to explore new ideas and use them to push the industry forward," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Mark-Strassman.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Mark Strassman</a>, senior vice president of product management at Blackboard. "The ideas coming out of Labs won't always be successful – but we are okay with that. We are using the platform as a way to gain insight into how to make good ideas great and as a way for users to give us immediate and incredibly impactful feedback."</p> <p><a href="http://polls.bb/about" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Polls by Blackboard</a> allow for survey responses to be submitted through a native <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/polls-by-blackboard/id722551092?mt=8" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">iPhone<sup>®</sup> app</a>, mobile or desktop Web browser, or via SMS in <span class="xn-location">the United States</span>. This industry "disruptor" removes the need for students to purchase expensive classroom response clicker hardware as the vast majority of them already own mobile devices. Users can provide feedback from within the app and on the product website, allowing the company to gather information and make improvements for future releases.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in <span class="xn-location">Washington, D.C.</span>, with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p/> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>iPhone is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.</p> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:00:30 GMT Blackboard Announces Integrated Virtual Classroom <h2 class="detail_subheader">Approach Delivers Seamless Teaching and Learning Environment to Market</h2> <p class="release_data">Oct 16, 2013</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, Oct. 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced the release of an integrated virtual classroom that allows instructors to create and use Web conferencing tools such as video recording,  <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Enterprise-Instant-Messaging.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">instant messaging</a> and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Voice-Authoring.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">voice discussion boards</a>, all seamlessly integrated into <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Learn<span>™</span></a></i>, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS). </p> <p/> <p>The integration marks the latest step in the company's efforts to increase its investment in core products, drive greater industry innovation, take full advantage of its broad portfolio of products, and build an easy-to-use, unified workflow that will allow for greater efficiency and cohesive user experience. </p> <p/> <p>By leveraging tools within <i>Blackboard Collaborate</i><sup>™</sup>, the leading <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">online collaboration platform</a> built for education, the virtual classroom will have the same native look and feel as the core, built-in platform features.</p> <p/> <p>"The integrated virtual classroom helps provide our customers with a seamless teaching and learning environment that leverages the strength of our portfolio and builds on our world-class LMS," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Jay-Bhatt.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jay Bhatt, CEO of Blackboard</a>. "We are committed to continue delivering tools to our customers for learning management, collaboration, analysis, and more, all in one unified environment." </p> <p/> <p>Instructors can use the integrated Web conferencing tools to hold online office hours and connect with students that need extra help. Faculty can record classes for students who were unable to attend or pre-record class materials when taking a "flipped classroom" teaching approach.  Integrated mobile applications also enable students and instructors to join live sessions and access all course content, including recordings, from their iPhone<sup>®</sup>, iPad<sup>®</sup>, or Android<sup>™</sup> device, including Kindle Fire<sup>™</sup> HD devices.</p> <p>"Our students, faculty, and staff rely on Blackboard every day and with the enhanced Blackboard Learn and Collaborate integration, we provide them with an increased range of flexibility and functionality, all in a seamless environment," said <span class="xn-person">Marshall Eidson</span>, CIO of the <span class="xn-org">University of the Incarnate Word</span>. "Using both platforms simultaneously helps us get the most out of our technology investments and create a wonderful experience for our students."</p> <p>The integration is available to Blackboard Learn clients who purchase an enterprise or departmental Blackboard Collaborate license.  </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in <span class="xn-location">Washington, D.C.</span>, with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark are subject to <a href="http://www.google.com/permissions/index.html" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Google Permissions</a>.</p> <p>iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p>Kindle Fire is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 13:00:29 GMT Leading Australian Distance Learning University Selects Blackboard to Expand Online Education Program <h2 class="detail_subheader">Charles Sturt University Replaces Current LMS with Blackboard Learn&trade;</h2> <p class="release_data">October 14, 2013</p> <p>SYDNEY – October 14, 2013 – Charles Sturt University (CSU), the leading distance education provider in Australia, has chosen to replace its current learning management system (LMS) with Blackboard Learn&trade following a review of several platforms, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">the company</a> announced today. CSU will also <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Blackboard-Analytics-for-Learn.aspx">leverage data from the company's flagship LMS</a> to make decisions on how to better design courses, deliver course materials and engage with students. </p> <p>With more than 29,000 students taking online classes, university officials decided to review available LMS options as part of its ongoing commitment to deliver the best possible online learning experience and accommodate for future growth. A committee of faculty and educational designers piloted and evaluated several commercial and open-source platforms based on 12 factors. The committee found Blackboard Learn to be far superior in the most highly valued factors: pedagogy, breadth of features, integrations and usability, and the best choice to help the university grow its online program.</p> <p>"With such a large contingent of our students learning online, either through fully online courses or in hybrid classes, the LMS we use—and the data we can extract from it—is mission-critical to our success," said Associate Professor Philip Uys, director, strategic learning and teaching innovation, at CSU. "We're excited to partner with a global leader to take our digital learning initiatives to the next level, creating a world-class experience for all our students, whether they are on or off campus." </p> <p>CSU has also selected Blackboard to upgrade the university's mobile learning and student life apps and create more familiarity and connectivity with the university for students, many of whom live off campus. All functionalities of the LMS, including course content, discussion boards, blogs, wikis, and more, will be accessible via mobile devices. University leaders can also <a href="https://mymosaic.com/">create custom campus life apps</a> with features like virtual campus tours, news updates, and directories. </p> <p>"It's not always easy to build a connection between students and the university, and that's especially true with students who take some or all of their classes online," continued Professor Uys. "A high-quality campus app will allow our busy students to engage with our community and deepen their relationship with the university wherever they are."</p> <p>"In Australia and around the world, technology is shifting the education landscape," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Matthew-Small.aspx">Matthew Small</a>, President, International, at Blackboard. "There is now an entirely new construct to what schools need to do in order to stay relevant and support their students. We are excited to partner with schools like CSU that recognize recognise how the strategic use of technology can help meet enterprise-wide goals, like higher student engagement and improved learning outcomes."</p> <p>Washington-based Blackboard has offices in Sydney and Adelaide, as well as others throughout North America, Europe and Asia.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">here</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard">@BlackboardAPAC</a> on Twitter.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><b>About Blackboard</b></p> <p>Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> Wed, 16 Oct 2013 00:00:00 GMT Lawrence Public Schools Select Blackboard Learn™ Following Evaluation of Learning Management Systems <h2 class="detail_subheader">Committee Teachers and Principals Unanimously Find Blackboard Most User-Friendly Option for Blended Learning</h2> <p class="release_data">Sep 25, 2013</p> <p><span class="xn-location">WASHINGTON</span>, <span class="xn-chron">Sept. 25, 2013</span> /PRNewswire/ -- As Lawrence Public Schools (Kan.) seek to improve student engagement, better support individual student needs and raise the achievement of all students, the district selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> to implement a blended learning initiative across its 20 schools, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">the company</a> announced today. The decision followed a formal evaluation of learning management systems (LMS) for the district's 11,000 students.</p> <p>In a <a href="http://www.usd497.org/AboutUs/SchoolBoard/Agenda/2012.13Archives/20130624d/lmss.pdf" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">formal review</a> of several LMS platforms, an evaluation committee unanimously chose Blackboard Learn after teachers and principals found the system user-friendly, customizable, and with a mature set of features. The committee also determined that the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#sis-integration" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">integration of the platform</a> with the district's student information system, coupled with robust <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#retention-center" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">analytics tools</a>, will help them identify areas where they can use data to make proactive decisions that will enable student success. </p> <p>"It was clear to us from the beginning that Blackboard knows K-12 education," said <span class="xn-person">Angelique Kobler</span>, assistant superintendent of teaching and learning for Lawrence Public Schools. "We had an immediate connection with their team as they understood our needs and desire for flexibility. This market insight was clearly used to design their product. We can easily see ourselves using it in our classrooms and by parents to access academic information." </p> <p>In the blended learning classes, district students will have options to personalize their learning and work at their own pace, such as independent online activities, breaking up into small virtual groups, or working directly with the teacher. The platform's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">mobile accessibility</a> and flexibility in design and delivery of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#test-enhancements" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">assessments</a> will help teachers increase student engagement and closely support individual student needs. </p> <p>"Blackboard Learn was the only option we looked at that was drive-off-the-lot ready," said Kobler. "Some of the other options had features still in development. We needed a platform that fully supports the goals of our blended learning initiative now and in the future."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a> and follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in <span class="xn-location">North America</span>, <span class="xn-location">Europe</span>, <span class="xn-location">Asia</span> and <span class="xn-location">Australia</span>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 10:30:30 GMT Boston Public Schools Launches Free Anti-Bullying Texting Service from Blackboard <h2 class="detail_subheader">TipTxt to Help District of 58,000 Students Address School and Student Safety for Free</h2> <p class="release_data">Sep 3, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boston Public Schools (BPS) has launched <a href="http://connect.blackboard.com/tiptxt" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"><i>TipTxt</i></a><sup>™</sup>, a two-way texting service from <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard Inc.</a> that allows the district's 58,000 students to confidentially notify school officials of bullying or other school safety-related activity via text across its 128 schools. BPS is the latest in a series of hundreds of schools and dozens of districts that have made TipTxt available to their communities in time for the 2014 Back to School season. </p> <p>BPS, widely recognized as a leading district in bullying prevention, launched the program today during their annual Back to School press conference. </p> <p>"Ensuring the safety and well-being of our students is a top priority and essential to our mission of accelerating students' academic achievement," said John McDonough, interim superintendent at Boston Public Schools. "Bringing TipTxt to our schools is another example of how the City of Boston is committed to using proactive, innovative, and educationally sound strategies to prevent bullying."</p> <p>TipTxt is a tipline that allows for confidential text conversations between students and school officials about critical challenges that students face, such as abuse, self-esteem or confidence problems. Armed with this insight, officials can provide resources, advice or other follow-up to help on a case-by-case basis. In May, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/News-Center/Press-Releases.aspx?releaseid=122695" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard offered</a> the service for free to all K-12 schools and districts in the country to help address the nationwide dilemma of bullying in schools.</p> <p>"We're excited to partner with BPS in an important effort to support kids having a safe and positive school experience," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Jay-Bhatt.aspx" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Jay Bhatt</a>, Blackboard CEO. "We know that students are increasingly using mobile devices, and texting is an important part of how they communicate. With TipTxt we wanted to leverage this trend to increase the likelihood that students will reach out for help and not have to deal with issues alone." </p> <p>For more information about TipTxt and how to get it in your school or district, please visit <a href="http://connect.blackboard.com/tiptxt" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">Blackboard.com/tiptxtK12 </a>and follow #TipTxt on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Standard text rates may apply for parent or student TipTxt message senders; they should consult their carrier plans for details. TipTxt uses standard text messaging and may be subject to the security vulnerabilities of any other text message sent to, or received by, the user's mobile device. Use of the free TipTxt service is subject to purchase of a compatible phone line. </i></p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p/> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 11:00:32 GMT Virtual Arkansas Selects Blackboard for State-Wide Online Learning <h2 class="detail_subheader">Effort Will Help Districts Meet New State Online Learning Requirements</h2> <p class="release_data">Aug 13, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Aug. 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard was chosen to deliver online classes to thousands of high school students across Arkansas, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">the company</a> announced today. The newly formed <a href="http://virtualarkansas.org/" target="_blank">Virtual Arkansas</a> will use various Blackboard technologies to provide online classes to at least 7,000 students from across the state for the 2013-14 school year, with plans to expand that number significantly in the near future. </p> <p>Virtual Arkansas helps school districts across the state provide students with access to courses in a variety of subjects that supplement classes taught in brick-and-mortar schools, and comply with recent state legislation requiring districts to offer at least one digital course. Earlier this year, the state began the process of transitioning distance learning courses to a predominately online model after realizing the potential for online classes to help alleviate a severe teacher shortage and to increase access to education in rural parts of the state.</p> <p>After briefly considering alternative platforms, Virtual Arkansas officials chose <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™ </sup>as their learning management system (LMS) due to teacher-friendly features like <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#inline-grading" target="_blank">inline grading</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#item-analysis" target="_blank">item analysis</a>, and built-in tools that flag at-risk students. Officials also highly valued the ability to access courses through a <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank">native app</a> on all mobile platforms.  </p> <p>"For many of our students, this will be the first time they have taken an online class, so it's that much more important for us to show that online courses can be at least as effective as face-to-face," said Dionne Britton, director of Virtual Arkansas. "Powerful tools like the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#retention-center" target="_blank">Retention Center</a> are critical for us to spot potential issues and intervene before the situation is out of hand."</p> <p>Teachers will also begin using <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Collaborate</i></a><sup>™</sup> to incorporate synchronous sessions into classes. Officials found high value in the platform's deep integration with Blackboard Learn, the ability for students to view whiteboard activity and presentations, communicate through chat and audio, respond to surveys, raise their hand to get the instructor's attention, and join breakout rooms. </p> <p>"It seems like Blackboard's always on cutting edge, and coming up with new features that make everyone's life a little easier," continued Britton. "As we work to get our organization off the ground, it made sense to partner with a company that has the experience and industry reputation for helping teachers deliver high-quality classes."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 13 Aug 2013 10:00:36 GMT Florida State College at Jacksonville Selects Blackboard Following Faculty-Wide Vote <h2 class="detail_subheader">Blackboard Chosen for Innovative Roadmap, Instructor-Friendly Features</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 29, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, July 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a faculty-wide vote between two leading <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx" target="_blank">learning management systems</a> (LMS), Florida State College at Jacksonville chose <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> as its platform for online and blended learning, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">the company</a> announced today. Blackboard's robust features, quality of service and product development were key reasons for the decision.</p> <p>Beginning in spring 2012, faculty and students participated in a formal pilot of a competing platform from a leading LMS vendor and compared it to Blackboard Learn. During the pilot, instructors reported that Blackboard Learn had more robust assessment capabilities, instructional tools and customization options than the alternative. College officials also found Blackboard had remarkably better customer service and system uptime. </p> <p>Following the pilot, the college conducted a vote of all full-time and adjunct faculty, and Blackboard Learn was chosen as the college's LMS across all physical and online campuses. Blackboard's digital content integrations, innovative roadmap, and instructor-friendly features were cited as reasons for their decision. </p> <p>"A high quality experience for faculty and students is our highest priority," said Dr. Robert Rennie, CIO and vice president, technology, at FSCJ. "Blackboard is meeting our need to deliver students an exceptional experience. From a business perspective, the evaluation confirmed for us that Blackboard has the ability to deliver at scale to best meet our requirements."</p> <p>The college plans to use Blackboard Learn for blended learning across its four physical campuses, and to facilitate fully online courses through its virtual campus. The platform's online collaboration and communication features will allow campus organizations and committees to stay connected, and for faculty who work in different campuses to collaborate with one another.</p> <p>Thousands of institutions have adopted the latest version of the Blackboard Learn platform to take advantage of its improved stability and digital content integrations, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#social-learning" target="_blank">social learning tools</a> to drive student engagement and greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Bb_Learn" target="_blank">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:01:33 GMT Blackboard Harnesses Student Data to Flag At-Risk Learners <h2 class="detail_subheader">Solution Uses Risk Factors to Identify Students That May Need Help</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 10, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>LAS VEGAS, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced a new analytics feature that harnesses a range of student information to identify learners in danger of falling behind or dropping out. The new capability of the <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Analytics</a></i><sup>™ </sup>platform leverages more than 25 different factors to build a risk profile based on a student's academic background and focus, test scores and changes in performance.</p> <p>The new capability complements a recent update to the <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Learn</a></i><sup>™</sup> course platform that gives instructors insight into at-risk student behavior. While that feature focuses on activity within a single course, the new analytics functionality looks across the full range of a student's courses and performance history to determine whether a heavy course load, a sudden drop in GPA, low high school GPA or low incoming SAT scores could signal bigger problems.</p> <p>Institutions can use these factors and customize their own to identify students that exhibit high, moderate or low risk profiles. Armed with this information they can determine what needs to be done to help students remain engaged and on track.</p> <p>"The ability to take a holistic look at a student– their course activity, background and performance characteristics– in an efficient streamlined fashion is an exciting capability for Drake," said Kevin Saunders, director of institutional research and assessment at Drake University. "We look forward to exploring how this tool supplements Drake's ongoing efforts to be proactive in supporting student success."</p> <p>Blackboard also announced new functionality to help institutions track and measure student success in developmental education programs based on a set of criteria defined by the institution. Officials can track the performance of students who are currently taking, previously took or never needed development education classes, helping them evaluate the overall effectiveness of development education programs and initiatives. </p> <p>"Education leaders are under pressure to grow programs and improve student outcomes with far greater predictability than in the past," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Jim-Hermens.aspx" target="_blank">Jim Hermens, general manager of Blackboard Analytics</a>. "As a company, we are focused on partnering with institutional leaders and enabling them to leverage technology to tackle these big problems in education and overcome the challenges they face in this changing education landscape."  </p> <p>Other upgrades to Blackboard's analytics offering include functionality for tracking student and course-level enrollment data over time for comparative and trend analysis and course sequence grade correlation reporting that allows officials to determine the effectiveness of introductory courses in preparing students for higher-level classes.</p> <p>These new features are enhancements to the Blackboard Analytics Suite, which leverages student data from leading enterprise resource planning systems and provides higher education leaders on-demand access to metrics and data to support the student information lifecycle. The Blackboard Analytics Suite also offers solutions to support <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Finance.aspx" target="_blank">finance</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Advancement.aspx" target="_blank">advancement</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Blackboard-Analytics-for-Learn.aspx" target="_blank">learning analytics</a> and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Human-Resources.aspx" target="_blank">human resources</a>. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Analytics, please visit: <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Overview.aspx</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><b><u>CONTACTS <br/></u></b>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:00:47 GMT Fifteen More Schools to Run MOOCs with Blackboard <h2 class="detail_subheader">Institutions Opt for Company's Flexible Approach to Massive Open Online Courses</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 10, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>LAS VEGAS, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced that 15 more higher education institutions have elected to run massive open online courses ("MOOCs") on the company's free, flexible teaching and learning platform, marking a significant expansion in the number of schools that have partnered with Blackboard for MOOCs.  </p> <p>The majority of MOOCs will run this summer and fall and will be free of charge. Two of the institutions – Edge Hill University and Syracuse University's School of Information Studies – will offer credit to participating students. </p> <p>By partnering with Blackboard, the institutions will retain full control over the form and direction of their MOOCs. The schools will use Blackboard's platform for free in a non-exclusive and non-binding manner. In addition, the institutions will retain full control of all current and future revenue associated with MOOCs that are offered for-pay or for-credit.</p> <p>Decision makers at these institutions cited the platform's ease of use, depth of functionality and free support and guidance as reasons for partnering with the company. Many of the schools looked at other platforms before choosing Blackboard. </p> <p>The list of schools that will partner with Blackboard to offer MOOCs this summer and fall are:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Ashland University, two MOOCs during the 2013-2014 academic year </li> <li>Edge Hill University, on vampire fictions </li> <li>Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University—Worldwide, <a href="https://erau.coursesites.com/" target="_blank">on psychological and physiological elements contributing to aviation accidents</a> </li> <li>Genesee Community College, as part of an Internet scavenger hunt </li> <li>Montgomery College, <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/courseHomepage.htmlx?course_id=_249105_1" target="_blank">a college-level English preparatory course</a> </li> <li>National University of Ireland Galway, on planning change and innovation </li> <li>Northern Illinois University, called <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/courseHomepage.htmlx?course_id=_268245_1" target="_blank">"Perspectives on Disability"</a> </li> <li>Pace University, on the basics of GIS </li> <li>Paine College, <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/courseHomepage.htmlx?course_id=_248709_1" target="_blank">an introduction to Lean Six Sigma</a> </li> <li>Rogers State University, <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/courseHomepage.htmlx?course_id=_257522_1" target="_blank">on sociocultural systems</a> </li> <li>Rollins College, on financial accounting </li> <li>Stevenson University, <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/courseHomepage.htmlx?course_id=_261768_1" target="_blank">on forensic science</a> </li> <li>Syracuse University's School of Information Studies, one MOOC called <a href="http://ischool.syr.edu/newsroom/index.aspx?recid=1469" target="_blank">"New Librarianship, the Master Class,"</a> and one MOOC on <a href="http://ischool.syr.edu/future/cas/introtodatascience.aspx" target="_blank">Data Science with R</a> </li> <li>Temple University's Fox School of Business, on <a href="http://bbbb.blackboard.com/Temple" target="_blank">quantitative methods for business</a> </li> <li>University of Massachusetts Boston, <a href="https://sfe.coursesites.com/" target="_blank">on coastal environmental science</a> </li></ul> <p>"When it came to choosing a platform, we looked at all the different systems out there before choosing to work with Blackboard," said Peggy Brown, director, instructional design at Syracuse University's School of Information Studies. "The platform's ease of use, system uptime—and this was the most important factor for us—excellent customer service and support made this an easy decision."</p> <p>"One of the reasons we chose to work with Blackboard to run our MOOC on disability was the platform's recognition of accessibility," said Stephanie Richter, instructional technologies coordinator at NIU. "It is very important to us that the platform itself embodies the ideals of the course, and that course navigation and content is accessible to everyone."</p> <p>To date, dozens of institutions have partnered with Blackboard to run MOOCs on the company's platforms including Blackboard Learn and CourseSites. To see a full list of MOOCs on Blackboard platforms, visit the Blackboard MOOC Catalog at <a href="http://www.coursesites.com/mooccatalog" target="_blank">http://www.coursesites.com/mooccatalog</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p/> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <br/><a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:00:47 GMT Blackboard Introduces Free, Flexible Approach to MOOCs <h2 class="detail_subheader">Offer Gives Institutions More Control Over Form & Direction of Large Courses</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 10, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>LAS VEGAS, July 10, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced a free, flexible option for running massive open online courses (MOOCs): a hosted instance of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup>, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS). With more institutions looking to offer large, open courses, the offer will give institutions a fully functional, flexible platform option complete with social learning capabilities and a wide range of course management and student engagement features. </p> <p>The platform will be available soon to all Blackboard clients at no extra cost in a non-exclusive, non-binding manner. The option lets schools retain full control over the form and direction of their MOOC courses. In addition, institutions maintain all current and future revenue associated with MOOCs that are offered for-pay or for-credit. </p> <p>"Institutions need more flexible options for experimenting with MOOCs and running online courses that meet their individual needs," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Katie-Blot.aspx" target="_blank">Katie Blot, president of education services at Blackboard</a>. "As schools better define how they want to experiment with MOOCs, it's becoming clear that the best platform is usually the one they already have. Through our new platform, we are enabling schools to bridge their enterprise LMS and their MOOC platform in key areas such as content and social learning spaces."</p> <p>Several course management features of Blackboard Learn currently support large courses and will scale for MOOCs. These include rule-based learner identifications to find and take various actions on students at scale, last name searches to quickly filter through hundreds of students and automatic group creation to help large courses "feel smaller" to students.</p> <p>Mobile applications for Blackboard Learn enable students and instructors to access all MOOC course content from iPhone<sup>®</sup>, iPad<sup>®</sup>, or Android<sup>™</sup> devices. </p> <p>To date, dozens of institutions have partnered with Blackboard to run MOOCs. To see a full list of MOOCs on the company's platforms, visit the Blackboard MOOC Catalog at <a href="http://www.coursesites.com/mooccatalog" target="_blank">http://www.coursesites.com/mooccatalog</a>.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard's MOOC platforms, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/moocs" target="_blank">www.blackboard.com/moocs</a> or follow <a href="http://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark are subject to <a href="http://www.google.com/permissions/index.html" target="_blank">Google Permissions</a>.</p> <p>iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 14:00:47 GMT Parents and Students Support Online Learning at Twice the Rate of Teachers <h2 class="detail_subheader">Survey Shows Districts Increasing Online Classes as Common Core Looms</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 25, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, June 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Online classes are increasing in popularity among both students and parents, according to <a href="http://whitepapers.blackboard.com/2013trends" target="_blank">a survey report</a> released today from <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. and <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/" target="_blank">Project Tomorrow</a><b><sup>®</sup></b>. Nearly half of high school parents and students grade 6-12 would like more online courses, according to the report, yet only 17 percent of teachers are interested in teaching a class online and only 20 percent use online curriculum as a part of instruction. </p> <p>While support for online learning among educators continues to lag, the survey showed that teachers who do embrace it may be better able to prepare students for the upcoming Common Core standards, which are changing the look of learning in the classroom. In preparation for the standards, many districts are creating more content online to maximize class time and addressing new goals such as analytical skills and student progress.</p> <p>The "flipped learning" movement may also provide incentives for teachers to embrace online learning. Flipped learning allows students to watch lectures online and work on problems at home, freeing teachers to spend class time helping individual students with course work rather than lecturing. In 2012, 54 percent of teachers in flipped classrooms reported that self-directed student learning had increased. The same percentage of flipped learning teachers recommended online learning as a way for students to apply lesson content to real world problems– a core component of the Common Core standards – as opposed to 27 percent of all teachers nationwide. </p> <p>"Parents and students are showing widespread support for online classes and the opportunities that virtual, blended and flipped learning can contribute to student success," said <a href="http://www.educause.edu/Community/MemDir/Profiles/JulieEvans/58787" target="_blank">Julie Evans</a>, chief executive officer of Project Tomorrow. "Online learning and the incorporation of digital tools helps our younger learners be better prepared not only for higher education, but the challenges and technological advances that are a part of our professional world and their future."</p> <p>This feedback from 2,431 districts across the nation also addresses the value of online classes as professional development for district staff. In just one year, the availability of online courses for this larger audience increased sharply, with a 42 percent spike for administrators and a 100 percent rise in support staff between 2011 and 2012. </p> <p>"Utilizing technology in teaching is crucial to our students learning," said a district administrator from Texas who participated in the survey. "We are doing an injustice to our students by not having all the resources [they need] at their fingertips; these resources need to be available starting at the earliest ages for each child."  </p> <p>The findings are included in, <a href="http://whitepapers.blackboard.com/2013trends" target="_blank"><i>2013 Trends in Online Learning: Virtual, Blended and Flipped Classrooms</i></a>, which is based on data from the 2012 Speak Up survey and captures views on online and digital learning from 466,310 K-12 students, parents, teachers, administrators and support staff across the U.S.</p> <p>"Blending learning technology with traditional teaching methods is surging in part because educators realize that to meet Common Core standards and prepare students for college with 21<sup>st</sup>-century skills, they need to adopt creative and collaborative teaching methods," said Sanjeev Ahuja, vice president of K-12 at Blackboard. "This is where technology plays a key role. It allows a teacher to innovate and scale their methodologies in a way they would not have been able to do without the technology."</p> <p><i>2013 Trends in Online Learning: Virtual, Blended and Flipped Classrooms </i>was released at the 2013 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in San Antonio. Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BlackboardK12" target="_blank">@BlackboardK12</a> and #SpeakUp on Twitter for updates. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/K12" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/K12</a>.  </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Project Tomorrow<br/></b>Project Tomorrow® is the nation's leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education. With 17 years of experience in the K-12 education sector, Project Tomorrow regularly provides consulting and research support about key trends in K-12 science, math and technology education to school districts, government agencies, business and higher education. </p> <p>The Speak Up National Research Project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Since 2003, over 3 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. Learn more at tomorrow.org. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; Project Tomorrow</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 13:01:34 GMT Blackboard Launches Shared Content Repository that Supports Multiple LMS Platforms <h2 class="detail_subheader">xpLor Lets Educators Discover and Share Interactive Learning Content across Courses and Institutions</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 24, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced the release of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/GoxpLor" target="_blank"><i>xpLor</i></a>™, a content platform that gives educators unprecedented ability to create, discover and share rich course materials across systems and institutions. xpLor is the industry's first cloud-based learning object repository that supports multiple learning management systems (LMS).</p> <p>Users can create and store materials in xpLor, and then extend their content by sharing and making it discoverable to instructors across working groups, courses and institutions. Content is delivered through the cloud to users' LMS; xpLor currently supports <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a>™, ANGEL, <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/" target="_blank">Joule<sup>®</sup> from Moodlerooms</a> and Sakai. Users can tag and rate content, making it easy to find items their peers found to be valuable.</p> <p>Content can be adapted over time by multiple users. Content authors can control who can see and change their content, and can apply to their work a variety of rights and permissions from All Rights Reserved to <a href="http://creativecommons.org/" target="_blank">Creative Commons</a> open sharing, to enable crowdsourcing collaboration and remixing of content. </p> <p>"There are fundamental changes in how content will be shared and distributed in the future, and xpLor is a platform built expressly for that new vision," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Ray-Henderson.aspx" target="_blank">Ray Henderson</a>, president, academic platforms, and chief technology officer at Blackboard. "xpLor is the first content management system built with intention to be used in an LMS independent way. It supports content sharing at great scale and with greater collaboration. The platform also focuses on the work the community must do to curate the content it shares. This is novel, and an important showcase of how openness is driving product development at Blackboard now and in the future."</p> <p>xpLor was developed with emphasis on open standards to ease sharing. Users can create or import any type of content supported by the IMS Common Cartridge standard, including rich documents, discussion boards and assessments. Using the <a href="http://www.imsglobal.org/toolsinteroperability2.cfm" target="_blank">IMS LTI</a> (Learning Tools Interoperability) specification, grades are automatically sent to the LMS gradebook and activity is recorded when items are used in a course.</p> <p>"It's all about supporting collaboration, communication, and creativity," said Jana Hickey, technology integration specialist at Jefferson County Public Schools, who test-drove xpLor in a beta program last year. "Teachers and students need to have tools that allow them to work across learning institutions, make self-selected choices, and all of those things I think xpLor will do for us. We have not had a tool for this in the past."</p> <p>To learn more about xpLor, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/sites/xplor/index.html" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/sites/xplor/index.html</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 14:40:34 GMT Atlanta Public Schools Selects Blackboard as its First LMS <h2 class="detail_subheader">51,000-Student District Seeks to Expand Online Classes Aligned to Common Core</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 24, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, June 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlanta Public Schools has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> as its first district-wide learning management system (LMS) after a nine-month evaluation of leading commercial and open-source platforms. The district of 51,000 students will use Blackboard Learn to rapidly expand online classes offered to students and to align all class content with Common Core standards.  </p> <p>District officials found Blackboard Learn to be the best option for expanding the offerings of its <a href="http://www.atlanta.k12.ga.us/Page/35581" target="_blank">Virtual Academy</a> which provides fully online classes to students year round in math, science, language arts, social studies and physical education. Students from high schools throughout district can earn credit online by taking classes through the Virtual Academy in addition to their regular schedule. </p> <p>Atlanta officials also found that Blackboard Learn made it easy for teachers to align virtual and face-to-face class activities and content to Common Core standards and report on student progress to better understand if they are adequately covering material. In addition, teachers can find and add high-quality digital content to their classes from leading educational publishers and through <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/sites/xpLor/index.html#form" target="_blank"><i>xpLor</i></a><sup>™</sup>, Blackboard's cloud-based learning content repository that lets teachers create, find and share class resources, assessments and other learning materials across schools and districts. </p> <p>"Blackboard Learn allows us to better meet the unique needs of our students," said Stephen J. Alford, executive director of communications for Atlanta Public Schools. "As we enhance our virtual course offerings and continue to align all instructional lessons with the new common core standards, the solution allows us to develop and manage engaging lessons in a seamless, virtual environment."</p> <p>District officials also found Blackboard to be the strongest partner in helping drive a district-wide mobile strategy. With <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile</i></a> <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> students can access course content, view grades and assignments, create discussion posts and comment on blogs and journals, upload content and more in native apps for all major mobile platforms.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a> or follow <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/Blackboard" target="_blank">@Blackboard</a> and #BbLearn on Twitter.</p> <p/> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 24 Jun 2013 11:30:33 GMT Blackboard Launches Mosaic, a New Approach to Mobile Apps for Schools and Universities <h2 class="detail_subheader">Web-Based Platform Lets Institutions Rapidly Issue High-Quality Apps</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 21, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard today unveiled <a href="https://mymosaic.com/" target="_blank"><i>Mosaic</i></a>™, a unique platform that gives schools and universities a radically different approach to deploying mobile apps. While institutions can spend months developing apps and lack flexibility to make changes once they've launched, Mosaic greatly simplifies the process so that people with very limited technology experience can create, deploy and update high-quality, device-specific apps in minutes or days. </p> <p>Mosaic is the only solution in the education space that enables institutions to implement data once, and deploy separate native apps across all major platforms including iOS® and Android™, as well as Mobile Web. With Mosaic, institutions can choose from 14 readily available features, add custom data, and create a unique interface to match their brand. With the click of a button, the platform's backend validates data and transforms it into a robust mobile app in minutes. </p> <p>"Mobile apps have become a mainstream channel for people to get information about LMU, and the quality of our app reflects strongly on the caliber of our university," said John S. Kiralla, executive director, communications, new media and design at Loyola Marymount University. "Our goal has always been to foster a community with iLMU Mobile, and we believe that Mosaic allows us to achieve that goal. Mosaic makes it easy for us to update our mobile content and features to keep pace with the needs of our integrated digital strategy and target audiences."</p> <p>In addition to dramatically lowering barriers to creating an app, officials can also use Mosaic to easily make updates to the app that take effect instantly over the air, without having to rely on developers or wait for app store approval. Once the app is live, a built-in analytics dashboard allows officials to track and evaluate usage data to determine where to make app adjustments.</p> <p>Institutions can quickly launch features like virtual campus tours, athletics and news updates, telephone directories, library catalogs and transportation schedules. Interactive maps let users find their exact location on campus, search for a building and pinpoint its address. Academic and social calendars can provide a list of upcoming events such as concerts, lectures, and exhibits and alert users to activities near their current locations. Institutions can also include courses from their learning management system in their Mosaic app.  </p> <p>"A sustainable mobile strategy has to be flexible in order to keep up with the constant evolution of the space," said Dane Iverson, head of Blackboard Mobile. "We have always known that we needed to create an easy way for our clients to manage and update their apps on their schedule – not ours. Mosaic makes the entire development process fast and fun for our users, giving them more time to focus on creating better content, not the technical implementation of their app." </p> <p>Mosaic serves as an extendable platform for institutions and commercial partners who want to use the Mosaic Software Development Kit (SDK) in order to develop and integrate mobile apps and services into their institution's app. Mosaic replaces the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Central.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile<sup>™</sup> Central</i></a> platform, which will no longer be actively sold.  </p> <p>For more information about Mosaic, please visit <a href="https://mymosaic.com/" target="_blank">https://mymosaic.com/</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Mosaic_App" target="_blank">@Mosaic_App</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to <a href="http://www.google.com/permissions/index.html" target="_blank">Google Permissions</a>.</p> <p>iOS is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:30:30 GMT Blackboard Partners with Mozilla to Support Use of Digital Badges <h2 class="detail_subheader">Students & Faculty Can Use Badges to Promote Achievements in Courses & Across the Web</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 19, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, June 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard has partnered with <a href="http://www.mozilla.org/foundation/" target="_blank">Mozilla</a>, an industry leader in promoting openness on the Internet, to support broader use of digital badges and credentials in education. With the partnership, students and faculty can use Open Badges to promote their achievements within <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> courses and across the Web using <a href="http://backpack.openbadges.org/backpack/login" target="_blank">Mozilla's Open Badges Infrastructure</a>, the most widely used format and only open and shared technical standard for badging and credentialing. </p> <p><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wr6DKgx4sH8" target="_blank">With a new update to Blackboard Learn</a>, students can earn and faculty can assign Open Badges to signal the completion of a course or that key learning milestones have been met. Within a course, students can also view and share earned badges and see how much progress they have made toward requirements for earning new ones. Over half a million teachers and learners using Blackboard's free, fully hosted <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html" target="_blank"><i>CourseSites</i></a><sup>™</sup> platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs) also have the ability to share earned badges on the platform.</p> <p>Because the update is achieved through integration with <a href="http://backpack.openbadges.org/backpack/login" target="_blank">Mozilla's Open Badges</a>, students can also display badges on their social networking profiles, job search sites or personal Web pages. Using the technical standard, Open Badges show how skills can build off each other and how the accumulation of earned badges show a complete view of a person's skills and achievements. Additionally, Open Badges are digitally signed and verified, and the description and criteria for earning the badge are digitally encoded for others to see. </p> <p>"There is huge interest in finding new ways to measure and certify learning and mastery of concepts," said Jessica Finnefrock, senior vice president for product development at Blackboard. "We want to give educators and students high quality options to experiment with badging and credentialing, and by working with Mozilla we're doing it in a way that helps them measure competency and share achievements not just in their online courses but across the Web."</p> <p>"We're proud to be partnering with Blackboard on this initiative," said Mark Surman, executive director of Mozilla. "Just as it has with the rest of the economy, the Internet is opening radical new approaches in learning. Open Badges are a part of this. They let people learn and show off their skills anywhere."</p> <p>This fall, Blackboard, Mozilla, WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (<a href="http://wcet.wiche.edu/" target="_blank">WCET</a>) and <a href="http://www.sageroadsolutions.com/" target="_blank">Sage Road Solutions</a> will convene a national dialogue to explore badges as a currency for job seekers, learning providers and employers and the effective use of badges as a bridge between postsecondary education and the workplace. The six-week MOOC will bring together each of the organizations' expertise as well as notable thought leaders in competency-based learning and assessment, 21<sup>st</sup> century skills, higher education accreditation and policy, and workforce skills standards. Course topics will include badge system design and implementation, funding and policy implications, and generating ecosystems of learners, educators, and employers around innovations in badging. To sign up for the course, please visit <a href="https://badges.coursesites.com/" target="_blank">https://badges.coursesites.com/</a>.</p> <p>"Badges are going to transform processes for documenting mastery of knowledge, skills and competences leading to a high value credential," said Ellen Wagner, executive director of WCET. "We are very pleased to help accelerate the conversation."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboardlearn.com/new" target="_blank">http://www.blackboardlearn.com/new</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank">@Blackboard</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23BbLearn&src=hash" target="_blank">#BbLearn</a> on Twitter.  </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Mozilla<br/></b>Mozilla (<a href="http://mozilla.org">mozilla.org</a>) has been a pioneer and advocate for the Web for more than a decade. We create and promote open standards that enable innovation and advance the Web as a platform for all. Today, hundreds of millions of people worldwide use Mozilla Firefox to discover, experience and connect to the Web on computers, tablets and mobile phones. Mozilla's Open Badges Infrastructure is a technical standard that makes it possible for learners everywhere to display their skills, interests and credentials. For more information please visit: <a href="https://www.openbadges.org/" target="_blank">https://www.openbadges.org</a></p> <p><b>About WCET<br/></b>The WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies (WCET) is a cooperative, membership-driven, non-profit provider of solutions and services that accelerate the adoption of effective practices and policies, advancing excellence in technology-enhanced teaching and learning in higher education. More information about WCET's institutional membership resources, services and common interest groups can be found on WCET's website, <a href="http://wcet.wiche.edu/" target="_blank">http://wcet.wiche.edu</a>. </p> <p><b>About Sage Road Solutions LLC<br/></b>Sage Road Solutions fosters innovation and success in the worldwide learning technologies marketplace. Our clients and partners include emerging technology providers, education institutions and consortia, industry associations, and policy organizations. Sage Road Solutions helps our clients get smarter about how elearning in all of its various forms and formats can have a direct positive impact on business results. For more information, please visit <a href="http://sageroadsolutions.com">sageroadsolutions.com</a>.   </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 10:00:36 GMT Blackboard Announces Expanded Program for BbWorld <h2 class="detail_subheader">Sugata Mitra, Clay Shirky to Deliver Keynotes</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 6, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, June 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced an expanded program for <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/BbWorld/Home.aspx" target="_blank"><b><i>BbWorld</i></b><b><sup>®</sup></b></a>, the company's annual user conference and one of the largest education technology conferences of the year. Scheduled for July 9-11 in Las Vegas, Nevada, BbWorld will feature over 235 sessions making it the largest and most diverse program to date. </p> <p>Over 3,000 administrators, academic leaders, instructors and technical experts from around the world will attend BbWorld to network with their peers and share best practices. The program will focus on key issues in education including student retention, mobile technology, online programs and analytics. BbWorld will also include dedicated session tracks designed specifically for teachers and faculty, system administrators, chief technology officers and enrollment and admissions officers at colleges and universities.    </p> <p>"You'll never have a better opportunity to talk to so many intelligent, experienced and dedicated professionals than at BbWorld," said Paul Erickson, enterprise architect at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. "By going to BbWorld, you have access to peers and Blackboard experts who really understand and care about what you do. If there is a problem that you are struggling with, chances are excellent that the person next to you has already solved it or would love to work with you to get it solved."</p> <p>BbWorld will feature keynote presentations from <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/BbWorld/Program-and-Events-BbWorld/Keynotes.aspx" target="_blank">Sugata Mitra</a>, professor of education technology at Newcastle University and TED Prize winner who is widely known for his "Hole in the Wall" experiment and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/BbWorld/Program-and-Events-BbWorld/Keynotes.aspx" target="_blank">Clay Shirky</a>, Internet expert, consultant and bestselling author of <i>Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations</i>.  </p> <p>Blackboard staff, technical experts and partners will lead a number of sessions on how institutions and users can get the most out of their technology initiatives. <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Jay-Bhatt.aspx" target="_blank">Jay Bhatt</a>, Blackboard president and chief executive officer, will lead a keynote session highlighting the company's work to support clients and users with the latest in education technology.</p> <p>"We are excited to gather with a truly unique community of practice," said Bhatt. "BbWorld is a special chance to gather with educators, administrators and technologists from around the world who are driving new approaches to teaching and learning with technology."</p> <p><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/BbWorld/Program-and-Events-BbWorld/DevCon-Sessions-Overview.aspx" target="_blank">DevCon</a>, the annual meeting of institutional and third party developers working to extend learning platforms, will take place alongside BbWorld. Award-winning entrepreneur, researcher and author Gene Kim will deliver a keynote presentation. </p> <p>For more information about BbWorld, please visit <a href="http://www.bbworld.com/" target="_blank">http://www.bbworld.com</a> or follow <a href="http://twitter.com/#!/Blackboard" target="_blank">@Blackboard</a> and #BbWorld13 on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 06 Jun 2013 14:03:29 GMT Blackboard Offers Anti-Bullying Texting Service for Free to Every K-12 School in America <h2 class="detail_subheader">Two-Way Text Service Launched to Help Address School and Student Safety</h2> <p class="release_data">May 29, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, May 29, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> has launched <a href="http://connect.blackboard.com/tiptxt" target="_blank"><i>TipTxt</i></a><sup>™</sup>, a two-way texting service that encourages students to confidentially notify school officials of activity related to bullying or school safety, and will offer the service for free to all K-12 schools and districts in the country. In addition, Blackboard has partnered with the <a href="http://www.pta.org/" target="_blank">National PTA</a><sup>®</sup> to bring visibility to the program and help address the nationwide dilemma of bullying in schools.</p> <p>TipTxt is a tipline that allows for confidential text conversations between students and school officials about critical challenges that students experience such as bullying and issues that relate to bullying, such as abuse, self-esteem or confidence problems. Armed with this insight, officials can provide resources, advice or other follow-up to help on a case-by-case basis.</p> <p>"Some students tend to not be as comfortable with face-to-face and text is how they communicate," said Dr. Lisa Andrejko, Superintendent of Schools for Quakertown Community School District, one of the first districts to pilot the service. "Using technology to report situations and alert school officials without having to be in their presence or be seen is a very effective means of communication and helpful in anti-bullying efforts. With TipTxt, we can help students report bullying without fear of retaliation."</p> <p>Blackboard is offering TipTxt at no charge to every public, private and parochial K-12 school in the country. Participating schools will receive access to the service, a TipTxt mailbox and implementation and support services. The TipTxt service also includes the cost of each school's text messages. Schools will just need to purchase a dedicated TipTxt line at a cost of $125 per year to enable the service.</p> <p>"More than 3 million students are victims of bullying each year, and almost 4 million participate in it," said National PTA President Betsy Landers. "The epidemic scale of this problem can be paralyzing, but when students, parents, and school officials are equipped with the tools to tackle it, they can banish bullying from the classroom to the chat room, one incident at a time."</p> <p>"The vast majority of students already have a bullying prevention tool in their pocket – we just need to give them a way to use it," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Jay-Bhatt.aspx" target="_blank">Jay Bhatt</a>, Blackboard CEO. "Helping them communicate with trusted adults in the same way they communicate with each other helps increase the likelihood of engagement. Just as we strive to give students a voice in the classroom, we also want to give them a voice in the hallways, on the playground, and in the lunchroom. We hope this effort can be a small step toward making school and students safer."  </p> <p>For more information about TipTxt for K-12 or other institutions, please visit <a href="http://connect.blackboard.com/tiptxt" target="_blank">Blackboard.com/tiptxtK12 </a>and follow #TipTxt on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About National PTA <br/></b>National PTA® comprises millions of families, students, teachers, administrators, and business and community leaders devoted to the educational success of children and the promotion of parent involvement in schools. PTA is a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit association that prides itself on being a powerful voice for all children, a relevant resource for families and communities, and a strong advocate for public education. Membership in PTA is open to anyone who wants to be involved and make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of children and youth.</p> <p><i>Standard text rates may apply for parent or student TipTxt message senders; they should consult their carrier plans for details. TipTxt uses standard text messaging and may be subject to the security vulnerabilities of any other text message sent to, or received by, the user's mobile device.</i></p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 29 May 2013 14:01:03 GMT Blackboard and Vital Source Launch Pilot for Leading e-Textbook Platform within Blackboard Learn <h2 class="detail_subheader">Partner Schools Access e-Textbooks Directly in LMS</h2> <p class="release_data">May 20, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>NASHVILLE, Tenn. and WASHINGTON, May 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> and Vital Source Technologies, Inc., an Ingram Content Group company, have launched pilot programs with a number of colleges and universities to test-drive an integrated offering that makes the <b><i>VitalSource </i></b><a href="http://bookshelf.vitalsource.com/" target="_blank"><b><i>Bookshelf</i></b></a><b><i><sup>®</sup></i></b> platform and its hundreds of thousands of e-Textbooks available directly within <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Learn</a></i><i><sup>™</sup></i>, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS). </p> <p>Indiana University—Fort Wayne, University of Alaska Anchorage, and Fayetteville Technical Community College are among the institutions participating in the field trial. With the integration instructors can preview and select e-textbooks, content and learning objects from the VitalSource Bookshelf platform that students can then access through a single sign-on. </p> <p>Participants in the field trial will provide ongoing feedback to the companies about their experience to strengthen the offering. Participating instructors have expressed satisfaction with the ability to annotate e-textbooks, link to content from anywhere within a course or assignment and assess how students are progressing through content. Students have been enthusiastic about using e-textbooks on mobile devices through native iOS<sup>®</sup> and Android<sup>™</sup> applications, including deep linking that makes pages and features such as notes, highlights and annotations look the same on e-textbooks as they do in printed textbooks. </p> <p>"My students read more because with this technology, you can assign the reading, and they'll know that I'm checking closely on whether they've read it or not," said Minnie Wagner, business and healthcare management program chair at Minnesota School of Business-Lakeville. "So it has helped students to be more proactive and make sure that they're prepared for the class."</p> <p>The integrated solution, expected to be available this summer, would offer two purchase models. Institutions that include textbooks as part of tuition could place e-textbooks directly into Blackboard Learn courses for immediate student access. Alternatively, a student-purchase option would give instructors the opportunity<b> </b>to make e-textbooks available for students to purchase or rent from within their Blackboard Learn course environment. </p> <p>"We are happy, but not surprised, that instructors and students alike have expressed great satisfaction with the integration of digital content from our VitalSource Bookshelf platform into Blackboard Learn," said Kent Freeman, chief operating officer of Vital Source. "We look forward to making the integration available to institutions everywhere that want to easily deliver learning resources to students and help teachers incorporate digital content into lesson plans."</p> <p><a href="http://vitalsource.com/pages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Vital Source</a> Technologies, one of Ingram's fastest growing businesses, powers online access and full-book downloads through native apps on computers and leading mobile devices. 3 million students across 6,000 campuses in 200 countries currently leverage the company to access digital content that meets the needs of both upper and lower-level courses from 300 publishers in 17 languages. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/learn" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/learn</a>. </p> <p>For more information about Vital Source Technologies, please visit <a href="http://www.vitalsource.com/" target="_blank">www.vitalsource.com</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Ingram<br/></b>Ingram Content Group is a division of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company provides books, music and media content to over 38,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries. More than 25,000 publishers use Ingram's fully integrated physical and digital solutions and programs to realize the full business potential of books. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and Coutts Information Services. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.ingramcontent.com/" target="_blank">www.ingramcontent.com</a></p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>iOS<sup>®</sup> is a registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p>Android<sup>TM</sup> is a trademark of Google Inc.</p> <p>Vital Source® and Bookshelf® are registered trademarks of Vital Source Technologies, Inc.</p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>Keel Hunt, Ingram<br/>(615) 321-3110 or <a href="mailto:keel@tsgnashville.com" target="_blank">keel@tsgnashville.com</a></p> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; Ingram Content Group</p> Mon, 20 May 2013 10:00:43 GMT Masconomet Regional School District Selects Blackboard after Major Evaluation of Leading LMSs <h2 class="detail_subheader">District to Use Blackboard for Blended Learning</h2> <p class="release_data">May 14, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, May 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a <a href="http://masconomet.org/co/files/2013/01/LMS-Final-Report.pdf" target="_blank">two-year-long evaluation</a> of six of the industry's leading learning management systems (LMS), Masconomet Regional School District has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> as part of its strategy to implement a 21st-century learning environment for staff and students. In the evaluation, one of the most comprehensive in the industry, Blackboard Learn was the only platform to meet every criterion the Massachusetts district identified as a desired quality in an LMS. </p> <p>District officials found the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#retention-center" target="_blank">student tracking</a>, analytics, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Products/Connect-for-Learn.aspx" target="_blank">mobile functionality</a> and adaptive release capabilities within Blackboard Learn to be the strongest in helping teachers foster collaborative engagements and tailor materials and assessments to different learning styles. Student calendars that update automatically when assignments are added or due dates are changed will help streamline workflows, and the platform will also help align activities and learning resources to Common Core standards. </p> <p>Masconomet's IT staff will be able to leverage Blackboard's 24/7 support team to download software, obtain reference materials and receive management assistance, allowing their team to dedicate more time and resources to other teaching and learning initiatives. </p> <p>"It may sound funny, but Blackboard Learn will help us take technology out of the way of teaching and learning," said Susan Givens, chief financial officer at Masconomet Regional School District. "Tools like the content repository will allow teachers who aren't yet comfortable with technology, to deliver personalized curriculums at the same level as those who are digital natives." </p> <p>"Blackboard has been perfecting content and curriculum delivery longer than any other LMS provider in K-12 and higher education, and that experience shows in their latest design, features and services," continued Givens. "We are excited to work with a partner that will help us empower our teachers with the tools they need to optimize the learning experience for students and foster hands-on, personalized learning opportunities."</p> <p>To supplement a pilot one-to-one mobile initiative, district officials will also give students the option of downloading a custom-built mobile application that allows them to access course content on a variety of mobile devices. With <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile</i></a> <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup><i> </i>students can view grades and assignments, create discussion posts and comment on blogs and journals, upload content and view documents, view course rosters and more.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p/> <p/> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 14 May 2013 10:01:00 GMT University of Sheffield and Dublin Institute of Technology to Run MOOCs with Blackboard <h2 class="detail_subheader">DIT Effort is the First MOOC Launched by an Irish Institution</h2><p class="release_data">AMSTERDAM&mdash;May 13, 2013</p><p>Dublin Institute of Technology and the University of Sheffield will launch massive open online courses ("MOOCs") on <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html">CourseSites</a>&trade;, Blackboard’s free, fully hosted and supported cloud-based learning system, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">the company</a> announced today. DIT’s MOOC will be the first run by an Irish university.</p><p>Officials of both schools decided to use CourseSites for MOOCs to leverage Blackboard’s latest technology for <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx">course management</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Web-Conferencing.aspx">Web conferencing</a> and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx">mobile learning</a>. The ability to brand courses to the university instead of a third-party company was an important factor for DIT, and both schools highly valued the platform’s wide range of features like <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#discussions">discussion boards</a>, blogs and other <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#social-learning">social learning tools</a>.</p><p>DIT’s MOOC—<a href="http://www.getreskilled.com/pharma-mooc-dit">"So You Want to Work in the Pharmaceutical Industry?"</a>&mdash;will run for three weeks starting May 13 and will focus on pharmaceutical quality and regulation, manufacturing technologies and risk management. As the industry is a bright spot in the Irish economy, DIT academics decided to create a MOOC on pharmaceuticals to give people the opportunity to start thinking about a new career. </p><p>Course content for DIT’s MOOC is based on an existing online course created by university partner DPS Engineering. Course content will be delivered through lectures live-streamed over <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx">Blackboard Collaborate</a>&trade; sessions, videos through CourseSites’ integration with Kaltura and detailed notes and practical examples.</p><p>The University of Sheffield will run three five-week-long MOOCs on public health topics. Its School of Health and Related Research decided to run MOOCs to give prospective students a sample of the unique brand of distance learning offered on its Masters courses. Sheffield’s first MOOC—"Sustainable Healthy Diets"— begins June 17 and already has over 500 registrants from 52 countries. MOOCs on Health Inequalities and Health Technology Assessment will follow. </p><p>"Our instructors are incredibly enthusiastic to take their knowledge to a larger audience, and we knew we needed to choose a platform that would provide the greatest amount of flexibility to design courses, and the tools to make them exceptional," said Kevin O’Rourke, head of eLearning support & development at DIT. "As we are the first Irish institution to launch a MOOC, having the expertise of an industry leader like Blackboard behind our project is all the more important."</p><p>"Like a lot of institutions right now, we wanted to experiment with MOOCs, and we wanted to use our expertise in running online Masters courses to develop MOOCs," said Luke Miller, learning technologist at the University of Sheffield. "Choosing to run MOOCs on CourseSites gave us the ability to launch quickly and with minimal training since our faculty are already familiar and comfortable with the Blackboard Learn&trade; platform." </p><p>Prospective students can enroll in DIT’s MOOC <a href="http://www.getreskilled.com/pharma-mooc-dit">here</a>, and in Sheffield’s first MOOC <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/courseHomepage.htmlx?course_id=_245611_1">here</a>. To see a full list of MOOCs on CourseSites, visit the CourseSites MOOC Catalog at <a href="http://www.coursesites.com/mooccatalog">http://www.coursesites.com/mooccatalog</a>.</p><p>Over 60,000 instructors and half a million users from over 159 countries are using CourseSites to support online courses. For more information about CourseSites, please visit <a href="http://www.coursesites.com/">www.coursesites.com</a>. </p><p><div style="text-align: center;"># # #</div></p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.<br><br><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i> Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Middlesex University Chooses Moodlerooms for Virtual Learning <h2 class="detail_subheader">Joule Platform to Help One of UK’s Largest Universities Deliver Strategic Plan</h2><p class="release_data">LONDON – May 13, 2013</p><p>Middlesex University has selected Joule&reg;, <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/UK">Moodlerooms</a>’ enterprise learning management platform, to create a virtual learning environment for its 40,000 students. Joule, based on the open-source Moodle software, will help the University in its drive to virtualise teaching, learning and assessment.<p>An international university with an established reputation for innovative academic programmes, high quality learning and teaching and a rapidly growing research reputation, Middlesex invited supplier bids in December 2012 to support plans for the development of the next generation of technology supported learning. Middlesex officials chose Joule over other options for its robust, reliable and scalable platform with flexible features including course templating, advanced grading, and integration with existing university systems.</p><p>"Many institutions talk about putting classes online, but not as many have placed so many resources into crafting the highest quality virtual learning environment for students," said Paula Vickers, Director of Computing and Communications Systems Service at Middlesex. "By partnering with Moodlerooms, we have the ability to execute our vision using the robust Joule platform, and also have peace of mind that our hard work will be protected and supported by an industry leader."</p><p>The decision is part of the university’s new strategic plan and academic strategy, which aim to sustain the institution’s academic quality, enhance the student experience, and grow revenue and productivity. Middlesex staff and students will use Joule at each of its campuses in London, Dubai, Mauritius and Malta. </p><p> "Our aim is to provide students with contemporary learning and teaching experiences that enable them to develop knowledge and skills they can use to begin and develop successful professional careers," said Dr. Nicky Torrance, Director of Learning and Teaching. "Integrating the use of technology supported learning throughout their programmes of study and providing our students with the opportunities to develop digital skills within a modern online learning environment will enable them to develop skills valued by employers across the world."</p><p>For more information about Moodle, please visit <a href="http://www.moodle.org/">www.moodle.org</a>. For more information about Moodlerooms Joule, please visit <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/UK">http://www.moodlerooms.com/UK</a>.</p><p><div style="text-align: center;"># # #</div></p><p><b>About Moodlerooms:</b> Moodlerooms is an education technology company dedicated to bringing excellent online teaching to institutions across the globe. We serve colleges and universities, schools and organisations by supporting the software that educators use to manage and deliver instructional content to learners in virtual classrooms. Headquartered in Baltimore, USA, and with a Leeds, U.K., office, Moodlerooms is a proud Moodle Partner company that regularly contributes development and financial resources to the open-source Moodle community. </p><p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> Mon, 13 May 2013 00:00:00 GMT Blackboard Launches Android App for Web Conferencing Platform <h2 class="detail_subheader">Blackboard Collaborate Now Available on World's Most Popular Mobile OS</h2> <p class="release_data">May 8, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced a new mobile app for its leading <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">online collaboration platform</a>, <i>Blackboard Collaborate</i>™, making it available on smartphones and devices running <a href="http://www.android.com/" target="_blank">Android™</a>, the world's most popular mobile operating system. The app also makes the synchronous collaboration platform available on Kindle Fire HD devices, and joins a native app for iPad<sup>®</sup> and iPhone<sup>®</sup> released last year. </p> <p>Native-built for Android devices and available on the <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bbcollaborate.collaborate" target="_blank">Google Play™ app store</a> and the <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00CH9J1J8?ie=UTF8&ref=mas_dl" target="_blank">Amazon Appstore for Android</a>, the app lets users participate in live, interactive Web conference sessions by viewing whiteboard activity and presentations, communicating through chat and audio, responding to surveys, raising their hand to get the instructor's attention, joining breakout rooms and more. </p> <p>"Many of our students have Android devices, and addressing those student needs directly will help increase the access to sessions and overall participation in classes," said Jessica Anderson, executive director of California Pacific Charter Schools. "The Blackboard Collaborate mobile app provides students with more options to attend the live sessions and gives them no excuse to not attend."</p> <p>In addition to the new mobile app, the Blackboard Collaborate platform was also updated with a range of new enhancements:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Users can now record classes and presentations and make them viewable on any mobile device, through learning management systems (LMS), iTunes U<sup>®</sup>, or Web portals as MP3 or MP4 files. </li> <li>When scheduling a new session, a conference call number is assigned automatically to provide an alternative to the platform's integrated voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) for those who prefer using phones or who have insufficient bandwidth to support VOIP, without incurring extra costs for clients and users. </li> <li>The platform features new usability enhancements including expanded chat capability, extended options for setting permissions and accessibility improvements to improve the experience for learners with disabilities.  </li></ul> <p>"<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ5Vy9BgSeY" target="_blank">Today's learners</a> expect to be able to access and engage with their instructors and each other <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Resources/Whitepapers.aspx" target="_blank">on their own time, on their own devices, and on their own terms</a>," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Maurice-Heiblum.aspx" target="_blank">Maurice Heiblum</a>, president and general manager of Blackboard Collaborate. "These upgrades in synchronous collaboration reflect Blackboard's commitment to making education available and accessible to everyone."</p> <p>The Blackboard Collaborate <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Web-Conferencing.aspx" target="_blank">Web conferencing</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Mobile-Collaboration.aspx" target="_blank">mobile collaboration</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Enterprise-Instant-Messaging.aspx" target="_blank">enterprise instant messaging</a>, and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Voice-Authoring.aspx" target="_blank">voice authoring</a> technologies are used by thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations worldwide. </p> <p>The Android app is available as a free download for users. The new release of Blackboard Collaborate is available this week to customers in North America at no extra cost. The release will be available globally later this year. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Collaborate, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/BbCollabNews" target="_blank">@BbCollabNews</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>Android and Google Play are trademarks of Google Inc. Use of these trademarks are subject to <a href="http://www.google.com/permissions/index.html" target="_blank">Google Permissions</a>.</p> <p>Apple, iPhone iPod touch and iTunes U are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p>Kindle Fire is a trademark of Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. </p> <p><b><u>CONTACT<br/></u></b>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard, Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 14:00:28 GMT Oregon Community College Consortium Selects Blackboard to Support System-Wide Web Conferencing Platform <h2 class="detail_subheader">17 Institutions Will Use Blackboard Collaborate to Improve Education Interaction and Access</h2> <p class="release_data">May 6, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, May 6, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development (CCWD) has selected Blackboard for <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Web-Conferencing.aspx" target="_blank">Web conferencing</a> across the state's 17 community colleges, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">the company</a> announced today. The decision<i> </i>to bring<i> Blackboard Collaborate</i>™, the only <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">online collaboration platform</a> built specifically for education, to all Oregon's community colleges was driven by the need to reach more students and gain cost efficiencies. </p> <p>The platform will provide learners with a highly engaging virtual classroom with many options for users to interact with peers and instructors. Users will be able to participate in and listen to lectures from their mobile devices. Oregon officials were motivated by the desire to make courses available to remote, non-traditional and students in rural areas of the state who might not be able to come to campus. </p> <p>Another key factor in the selection was the platform's unique ability to fully integrate with all leading learning management systems (LMS), as Oregon's community colleges do not all use the same LMS. CCWD officials also looked at the success Blue Mountain Community College has had since 2006 in leveraging the platform to enhance classroom instruction, tutoring and advising; in 2012 alone, lecture recordings were viewed over 23,000 times. </p> <p>"This agreement enhances our ability to connect between colleges while providing increased access and learning options for students," said Shalee Hodgson, Education Division Director at the Oregon Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development.</p> <p>With all of Oregon's community colleges using a unified online collaboration tool, CCWD expects to save hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel costs for faculty and administration meetings that can now be held through Web conferencing, and other operational efficiencies related to online collaboration. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Collaborate, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>Shalee Hodgson, CCWD<br/>(503) 947-2409 or <a href="mailto:shalee.l.hodgson@state.or.us" target="_blank">shalee.l.hodgson@state.or.us</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 06 May 2013 09:30:38 GMT Blackboard Expands Support for Retention Efforts with Early Warning Analytics <h2 class="detail_subheader">Retention Center Helps Instructors Identify & Engage At-Risk Students</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 24, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, April 24, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. has unveiled a new release of its flagship <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">learning management system</a> (LMS) that includes a tool to help instructors identify and engage at-risk students based on course activity patterns that correlate with student success. The feature makes it easier for instructors with limited time to find effective ways to improve student retention and outcomes.</p> <p>The <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#retention-center" target="_blank">Retention Center</a>, a new, standard feature in <i>Blackboard Learn</i><sup>™</sup>, offers instructors an automatic view of student performance and engagement risk factors such as missed deadlines, logins, and poor grades. The information is delivered from within the platform to help instructors determine which students may be falling behind and to give them the ability to engage before it is too late. </p> <p>Previously, it may have been difficult for instructors to find or make use of this kind of critical information. With the Retention Center, risk factors closely associated with student success are pre-loaded, but instructors can also customize and create new ones to best suit specific approaches and use cases. Instructors can also discover information about their own performance so they can assess how their own behavior affects student success. </p> <p>"Effectively tracking student performance and proactively taking action on at-risk students are challenges for instructors," said Eric Kunnen, director of distance learning and instructional technologies at Grand Rapids Community College. "Improving student retention is an institutional priority and tools like the Retention Center empower faculty to easily identify and intervene to support student success."</p> <p>Blackboard has also delivered major updates to a number of heavy-use items within the course platform. The updates include an overhauled calendar, rebuilt discussion boards and a new inline grading feature.</p> <p>The Inline Assignment Grading functionality allows instructors to view, edit and grade assignments directly within the LMS. Instructors have a much simpler workflow across all types of student work, as they can edit assignments without having to download documents, work outside of the system and then re-upload to Blackboard Learn. </p> <p>The updated<b> </b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#calendar" target="_blank">calendar</a> includes features like drag-and-drop capability to easily change due dates and appointments, and the ability to export items to third-party calendars like Google and Microsoft Outlook. Assignment due dates are now automatically populated and simultaneously updated into student calendars. </p> <p><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#discussions" target="_blank">Discussion boards</a> with enhanced usability make it easier to foster engagement and encourage interaction, adding to core platform elements that support <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Features.aspx#social-learning" target="_blank">social learning</a>. A new "Post First" feature requires students to write their own posts before seeing what their classmates have written, which instructors can enable to encourage critical and original thinking.</p> <p>Expanded flexibility and choices over the design and delivery of assessments give users more options for constructing tests, providing feedback, creating exceptions for text deployments, and handling late submissions.</p> <p>Building on the company's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Resources/Accessibility.aspx" target="_blank">longstanding commitment to accessibility</a>, the updated platform also includes improved features that work with assistive technologies. These include improved navigation for sighted keyboard-only users and those that use screen readers, helping ensure all students have access to course content. </p> <p>"Input from faculty members, students, instructional designers and system administrators helped develop and shape this latest step in the evolution of Blackboard Learn, and we are excited about the difference these changes will make at all levels of the educational experience," said Jessica Finnefrock, senior vice president of product strategy and product development for Blackboard Learn. "These new features are part of our ongoing commitment to meet and exceed the expectations of today's educators and students."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboardlearn.com/new" target="_blank">http://www.blackboardlearn.com/new</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard" target="_blank">@Blackboard</a> and #BbLearn on Twitter.  </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:00:30 GMT Haileybury Selects Blackboard for Enhanced Preparedness and Communication <h2 class="detail_subheader">School is First in Country to Deploy Blackboard Connect to Send Notifications, School Updates </h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 16, 2013</p> <div id="divWide"> <p>SYDNEY, April 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Haileybury, a leading independent school, has selected Blackboard to facilitate important communication and preparedness, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank"><font color="#0000ff">the company</font></a> announced today. Haileybury is the first ELC-Year 12 school in Australia to implement the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i><font color="#0000ff">Blackboard Connect</font></i></a><i><sup><font size="2">&trade;</font></sup></i> mass notification system, which is used by thousands of education and government organisations globally, to enable school leaders to stay connected with parents and staff with targeted multimodal notifications.</p> <p>Haileybury, with campuses at Keysborough, Brighton and Berwick, implemented the new system after the response to an incident last year led to a review of school security policy. School officials chose Blackboard Connect for its ability to quickly record and send an unlimited number of personalised voice messages to home phones, businesses and mobile phones.</p> <p>&quot;With Blackboard Connect, we now have the technology to strengthen engagement with all stakeholders in our children&#39;s education,&quot; said James Panther, director of IT learning strategy at Haileybury. &quot;We can easily communicate with them on topics like school safety, school closures, sporting events, field trips, and student finances.&quot;</p> <p>Blackboard Connect also provides a two-way SMS platform, where school staff can send texts and emails to recipients and receive replies via text. Messages can be recorded in advance, so Haileybury officials can send information and updates in just a few clicks.</p> <p>The system&#39;s <a href="https://www.blackboard.com/platforms/connect/products/connect-for-learn.aspx" target="_blank"><font color="#0000ff">integration</font></a> with <a href="https://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i><font color="#0000ff">Blackboard Learn</font></i></a><i><sup><font size="2">&trade;</font></sup></i> Haileybury&#39;s learning management system, will also allow for in-classroom use. Teachers can send, and receive, SMS messages to one or many students directly within their online courses about grades, exams or assignment updates.</p> <p>Parents are encouraged to call +61-3-9213-2222 to update their contact information and notification preferences.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Connect, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/connect" target="_blank"><font color="#0000ff">http://www.blackboard.com/connect</font></a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard&#39;s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organisations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company&#39;s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company&#39;s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> </div> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 13:18:47 GMT Blackboard Honored as a Finalist in Ten CODiE Education Award Categories <h2 class="detail_subheader">Wide Range of Products Named Among Best in Class by Instructors, Administrators and IT Leaders</h2> <p class="release_data">Mar 22, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> was honored as a finalist in ten different categories in the 2013 <a href="http://siia.net/codies/2013/" target="_blank">SIIA CODiE Awards</a>, the company announced today. The CODiEs are the premier award for the software and information industries, and have been recognizing product excellence for 27 years. </p> <p>Blackboard has previously won a number of CODiE awards, including Best Postsecondary Course or Learning Management Solution, Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution and Best Corporate Learning Solution. This year Blackboard earned finalist recognition for a number of different teaching and learning products as well as administrative platforms including <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Analytics</i></a><sup>™</sup><i> </i>and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Transact</i></a><sup> </sup><sup>™</sup>. In all, Blackboard was named a finalist in the following categories: </p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Best Postsecondary Learning Solution: <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> </li> <li>Best Postsecondary Course or Learning Management Solution: <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> </li> <li>Best Postsecondary Personalized Learning Solution: <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> </li> <li>Best Cross-Curricular Solution:<a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html" target="_blank"><i>CourseSites by Blackboard</i></a><i>™</i> </li> <li>Best Education Community Solution: <i><a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html" target="_blank">CourseSites by Blackboard</a></i><sup>™</sup> </li> <li>Best Educational Use of a Mobile Device: <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile<sup>™</sup></i> <i>Learn</i></a> </li> <li>Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution:<i> </i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Analytics</i></a><sup>™</sup> </li> <li>Best Postsecondary Enterprise Solution:<i> </i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Transact</i></a><sup> ™</sup> </li> <li>Best K-12 Course or Learning Management Solution:<i> </i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Engage/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Engage</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i> </li> <li>Best Corporate Learning/Workforce Development Solution: <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Markets/Corporate/Products-Solutions/Blackboard-Learn-for-Salesforce.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn<sup>™</sup> for Salesforce</i></a></li></ul> <p>"It's a real honor to be recognized as finalists across so many categories," said <a href="http://www.rayhblog.com/blog/" target="_blank">Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms for Blackboard</a>. "This is our best showing ever in the CODiE finals and we are grateful that our diligence in refining user experience is getting consistent approval from clients and industry observers." </p> <p>The awards have over 75 categories and are organized by industry focus of <a href="http://siia.net/codies/2013/categories.asp#content" target="_blank">Content</a>, <a href="http://siia.net/codies/2013/categories.asp#education technology" target="_blank">Education</a> and <a href="http://siia.net/codies/2013/categories.asp#software" target="_blank">Software</a>. This year's program features 23 Education categories, several of which are new or updated to reflect the latest industry trends and business models. Winners will be announced during a special awards dinner at the nation's leading education technology conference, the <a href="http://www.siia.net/etis/2013/" target="_blank">Ed Tech Industry Summit</a>, in San Francisco on May 6.</p> <p>"We're pleased with the innovative educational technology products that made it to this stage. All of this year's finalists show great promise, and they should be proud of their finalist status," said Karen Billings, vice president of the SIIA Education Division. </p> <p>Details about each finalist are listed at <a href="http://siia.net/codies/2013/finalists.asp" target="_blank">http://siia.net/codies/2013/finalists.asp</a>.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard's products and services, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About SIIA</b></p> <p>SIIA is the leading association representing the software and digital content industries. SIIA represents approximately 700 member companies worldwide that develop software and digital information content.  Information technology (IT) and software security are critical issues to SIIA's members, many of whom strive to develop safe, secure and state-of the-art products that effectively serve their commercial and government customers alike, while protecting their intellectual property.  The <b>SIIA Education Division</b> serves and represents more than 200 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.siia.net/education" target="_blank">www.siia.net/education</a>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SIIA Communications Contact: Laura Greenback, 410-533-1943, <a href="mailto:lgreenback@siia.net" target="_blank">lgreenback@siia.net</a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 11:21:28 GMT Florida International University Selects CourseSites for MOOCs <h2 class="detail_subheader">Decision Fueled in Part by Institution's Return to Blackboard Learn LMS</h2> <p class="release_data">Mar 18, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, March 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Florida International University has selected <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html" target="_blank"><i>CourseSites</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i>, the free, fully hosted and supported cloud-based learning system, as its platform of choice for running massive open online courses ("MOOCs"), <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> announced today. The selection of CourseSites was driven in part by a recent decision to bring back <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i> as the institution's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx" target="_blank">learning management system</a> (LMS). </p> <p><a href="http://online.fiu.edu/" target="_blank">FIU Online</a> is currently running five self-directed, college-level courses on CourseSites, with plans to add more in the spring. The MOOCs are part of a long-term plan to offer courses that build on the strengths of the university's faculty and engage FIU's student population, alumni and others in lifelong learning. The non-credit courses are designed to be completed in about eight hours and offer participants the option to purchase a certificate of completion if they satisfy all course requirements.  </p> <p>University administrators were impressed with CourseSites' course design flexibility and integrated learning tools including Blackboard's latest technology for <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">course management</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Web-Conferencing.aspx" target="_blank">Web conferencing</a> and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">mobile learning</a>. Specifically, FIU wanted to leverage the platform's wide range of social and collaborative features, including discussion boards, blogs, wikis, and synchronous discussions for MOOCs. </p> <p>The selection of CourseSites for MOOCs was also fueled by FIU's recent decision to return to Blackboard Learn, on which CourseSites is based, after two years of using an alternative LMS. After evaluating the two systems, officials determined Blackboard's integrations, product roadmap, mobile capabilities, and support were superior. The university will move to the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Services/Managed-Hosting.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Managed Hosting</i></a><sup>SM</sup> service to ensure around-the-clock monitoring of system uptime, and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile™</i> Learn</a> will enable students and faculty to stay engaged with courses on mobile devices.</p> <p>"Like many institutions, we have recently had to make important decisions about our MOOC strategy," said Joyce Elam, dean of University College, the home of FIU Online. "The question of which system to run our MOOCs on came down to 'do we choose a platform because it's in the news? Or do we go with a system that actually offers the framework and tools we need for growth and scalability?' It became very clear very quickly that Blackboard would best enable us to fulfill our mission of engaging our local and global communities in lifelong learning."</p> <p><a href="http://open.fiu.edu/" target="_blank">The courses FIU is currently running on CourseSites</a> are: Applied Real Estate: What You Need to Know about Buying and Selling Residential Real Estate; Entrepreneurship and New Ventures: Giving Students Practical Tools to Help Rapidly Assess the Potential of a New Business Idea; Legal and Ethical Governance: A Roadmap for Florida's Public Officials and Employees and; Project Management Basics (offered in English and Spanish). To enroll, anyone can sign up at open.fiu.edu.  </p> <p>"Our MOOCs are designed using best practices in delivering online courses," said Silvia Gurdian, program manager at FIU and instructor of two courses within the MOOCs offerings. "It was an obvious choice to work with a partner with the industry experience and expertise to accommodate flexibility in course design."</p> <p>FIU faculty joins the nearly 56,000 instructors and half a million users from over 159 countries that have leveraged CourseSites to support online courses since the platform was launched in 2011.</p> <p>For more information about CourseSites, please visit <a href="http://www.coursesites.com/" target="_blank">www.coursesites.com</a>. </p> <p>To see a full list of MOOC courses on CourseSites, and get information on enrollment, visit the newly launched CourseSites MOOC Catalog at <a href="http://www.coursesites-stage.com/mooccatalog" target="_blank">http://www.coursesites.com/mooccatalog</a>.</p> <p>To enroll in a FIU MOOCs course, visit <a href="https://open.fiu.edu/" target="_blank">https://open.fiu.edu</a>.  </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About FIU<br/></b>Florida International University is recognized as a Carnegie engaged university. Its <a href="http://main.fiu.edu/academics/colleges-schools/index.html" target="_blank">colleges and schools</a> offer more than 180 bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs in fields such as engineering, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida's anchor institutions, FIU is Worlds Ahead in its local and global engagement, finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission. It has 160,000 alumni and enrolls 50,000 students in two campuses and three centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell and the Miami Beach Urban Studios. FIU is a member of the <a href="http://www.fiusports.com/" target="_blank">Sun Belt Conference</a> and has 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit <a href="http://www.fiu.edu/" target="_blank">http://www.fiu.edu/</a>.</p> <p><b>About FIU Online<br/></b>FIU Online is charged with developing and managing fully online courses and programs for Florida International University.  FIU Online currently offers more than 18 fully online bachelor's and master's programs. More than 25,000 students take FIU Online classes each year.  FIU Online strives to provide the highest possible level of service and support in the field of technology-enabled distance learning. The core of all FIU Online courses is organized in a learning management system (LMS), which offers a user-friendly, flexible learning environment for current students and faculty. For more information about FIU Online, visit <a href="http://online.fiu.edu/" target="_blank">http://online.fiu.edu/</a>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 10:01:03 GMT Blackboard Transact Expands Campus Security Offerings <h2 class="detail_subheader">Partnership with S2 Security Provides Robust Physical Security and Situational Awareness Capabilities</h2> <p class="release_data">Mar 4, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, March 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Transact</i></a><sup>™</sup>, a leader in integrated campus commerce and security solutions, has expanded its campus security offerings through a strategic partnership with <a href="http://s2sys.com/" target="_blank">S2 Security</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">the company</a> announced today. The alliance allows Blackboard Transact to offer schools and universities even more physical security capabilities to create a supportive learning environment.</p> <p>S2 Security, a leading manufacturer of IP-based physical security and video management systems, will integrate selected <a href="http://s2sys.com/products/netbox/" target="_blank">NetBox products</a> into the Blackboard Transact platform to allow for intuitive browser and mobile-delivered user interfaces that can be operated wherever there is a network connection. For example, authorized administrators can instantly activate a campus lockdown either on location or remotely, via a cell phone or tablet.</p> <p>"Colleges and universities are looking to accelerate the migration of their security platform from disparate systems to fully integrated solutions," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/David-Marr.aspx" target="_blank">David Marr, President of Blackboard Transact</a>. "Our customers are now able to select from a wide range of security capabilities that meet their enterprise-wide goals and are scalable as operational requirements and campus needs evolve."</p> <p>The enhanced capabilities complement the Blackboard Transact platform's latest cloud-based ServicePoint architecture, Web services, and DR series of door readers. The capabilities also leverage Near Field Communication (NFC)-compatible credentials, including FeliCa and MIFARE<sup>®</sup>, through enabled cards or mobile devices.</p> <p>"Organizations choose S2's security and video management systems because they are cost-effective to install and maintain and can scale to meet the needs of facilities and campuses of any size," said John L. Moss, CEO, S2 Security. "Working with Blackboard will create greater opportunities for us to serve education institutions seeking effective, manageable ways to protect their students, faculty and staff."</p> <p>The partnership will also allow for schools to help protect their current infrastructure investment through the compatibility of Mercury Security hardware, the most widely-installed controller panels in the world.</p> <p>"Most schools don't have the luxury of purchasing completely new security and access systems. We are now providing the most advanced cloud-based solution that, wherever possible, enables the re-use of infrastructure, including current security hardware such as door controllers and locksets," continued Marr. </p> <p>The announcement was made at <a href="http://bbbb.blackboard.com/SpringTraining2013" target="_blank">Blackboard Spring Training 2013</a>, the annual user conference in Phoenix, Arizona. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Transact, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/BbTransact" target="_blank">@BbTransact</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>MIFARE is a registered trademark of NXP Semiconductors.</i></p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p><b><u>CONTACT<br/></u></b>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard, Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 10:31:00 GMT Blackboard Collaborate Launches New IMS LTI and Moodle Integrations <h2 class="detail_subheader">New Integrations Make it Easier to Use Web Conferencing Platform with Any LMS</h2> <p class="release_data">Feb 27, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <i>Blackboard Collaborate</i><sup>™</sup>, the leading <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">online collaboration platform</a> built for education, now supports IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) specifications, making the platform available to institutions using any learning management system (LMS) compliant with LTI industry standards, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">the company</a> announced today. </p> <p>This latest software update enables institutions using any LTI-compliant LMS to provide a better overall learning experience with the addition of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Web-Conferencing.aspx" target="_blank">web conferencing</a> tools to their online courses, increasing student interactivity and engagement. With the integration, instructors will be able to use Blackboard Collaborate to schedule and deliver live online classes, upload multimedia and presentation content, and store lecture recordings for students who missed class or for follow-up review, all from within the LMS and without having to log into more than one system.  </p> <p>The integration will be hosted by Blackboard, removing the cost to maintain and support multiple systems. Little to no faculty training is required because the platform will adhere to the familiar look and feel of institutions' LMS of choice, removing barriers for faculty to incorporate online collaboration into their courses and enabling students to benefit from live, synchronous learning. </p> <p>"The new LTI integration into our institution's LMS will make it much easier for our faculty to use Blackboard Collaborate," said Kent Barclay, Associate Dean of Academic Technology at Endicott College. "With the new integration, we anticipate greater adoption of the technology and look forward to improved academic outcomes for our students."</p> <p>The company also announced integration updates across the Blackboard Collaborate platform specific to the open-source Moodle LMS. The platform's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Web-Conferencing.aspx" target="_blank">web conferencing</a>, enterprise instant messaging and voice authoring capabilities are now compatible with Moodle 2.3 and are certified by Moodle Partners <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/" target="_blank">Moodlerooms</a> and <a href="http://www.netspot.com.au/" target="_blank">NetSpot</a>.</p> <p>"These updates are part of our commitment to support schools in making the technology decisions that are right for them," said Maurice Heiblum, President and General Manager of Blackboard Collaborate. "Blackboard will continue to champion accessibility and open standards by helping institutions broaden the functionality of their learning management infrastructure -- regardless of their LMS strategy." </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Collaborate, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/BbCollabNews" target="_blank">@BbCollabNews</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p><b><u>CONTACT<br/></u></b>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard, Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 12:35:01 GMT Ottawa University Selects Blackboard Education Services for Major Expansion of its Blended and Online Programs <h2 class="detail_subheader">Ambitious Effort Spans All Undergraduate, Graduate Programs</h2> <p class="release_data">Feb 25, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.ottawa.edu/" target="_blank">Ottawa University</a> has partnered with <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> to support a major expansion of its blended and online degree programs, the company announced today. Under the multi-year deal, Kansas-based Ottawa, which currently operates six different campus locations nationwide, will grow and scale existing and future residential, hybrid and online undergraduate and graduate degree programs.</p> <p>The effort marks one of the largest institutional online education initiatives to date as schools traditionally focus on only a handful of online programs at a time. Ottawa's plan to grow all programs across its catalog is a central part of the institution's strategy to significantly expand its student population by 2020, while remaining focused on delivering high quality academic programs. </p> <p>Officials selected Blackboard as a strategic partner in the initiative for its expertise in <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Services/Blackboard-Online-Program-Management.aspx" target="_blank">online program management and design</a> and for its broad portfolio of proven <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Services.aspx" target="_blank">education services</a> and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms.aspx" target="_blank">technologies</a> supporting all aspects of the student lifecycle, including marketing, recruiting, enrollment, and learning analytics. Blackboard will also provide training and guidance to Ottawa faculty to support effective approaches to teaching online.</p> <p>"We are excited to work with Blackboard, an industry leader in terms of resources and reputation, in pioneering innovative approaches to disintegrating the often artificial barriers between online and on ground educational delivery methodologies," said Kevin Eichner, president of Ottawa University.  "This partnership marks a huge step toward reaching our Vision 2020 strategic objectives and to building new and effective models of service for all of higher education. We are very proud to be working with Blackboard at the forefront of change on behalf of students worldwide."</p> <p>In addition to reaching more learners, the initiative will help current and prospective students complete degree requirements more quickly, conveniently and affordably by allowing them to choose the delivery modality that is right for them. </p> <p>"We are excited to work with Ottawa University, an institution positioned to lead the industry with a strong vision for online education," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Katie-Blot.aspx" target="_blank">Katie Blot, president of Blackboard's Education Services division</a>. "We're looking forward to working with Ottawa's staff and faculty to build on their standard of excellence, create new learning modalities for learners of all types, and develop more high quality and affordable programs that will reach new student populations." </p> <p>For more information about Ottawa University, please visit <a href="http://www.ottawa.edu/" target="_blank">http://www.ottawa.edu/</a>.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard's online program management services, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/services/blackboard-online-program-management.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/services/blackboard-online-program-management.aspx</a>. </p> <p><b><u>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></u></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u><b>CONTACT<br/></b></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 10:01:02 GMT Connecticut Board of Regents Selects Blackboard for Organization-Wide Learning Platform <h2 class="detail_subheader">Three-Year Deal Creates Common Platform for 17 ConnSCU Campuses</h2> <p class="release_data">Feb 21, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced an agreement with the Connecticut Board of Regents for Higher Education, which governs the Connecticut State Colleges & Universities system (ConnSCU), for a new, statewide platform for online and mobile learning to support ConnSCU's 17 institutions and 96,000 students. </p> <p>With the deal, each of the campuses will gain access to <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> for the next three years. The institutions include Central Connecticut State University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Southern Connecticut State University, Western Connecticut State University, 12 community colleges and the state's only public, online college, Charter Oak State College. </p> <p>This partnership marks the latest in a series of statewide partnerships for Blackboard, as states are increasingly looking for a common learning platform that will increase user fluency, collaboration across multiple campuses, and operational efficiencies. States moving to a common online and mobile learning platform frequently are able to devote more attention to improving education and outcomes.</p> <p>"Boards of education that standardize online platforms and tools across campuses are making a great business decision, as it can create efficiencies that allow for a greater focus on pedagogy," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Siegried-Behrens.aspx" target="_blank">Sig Behrens, president of Global Sales for Blackboard</a>. "We are excited to partner with the Connecticut Board of Regents to expand learning opportunities for both students and educators by helping deliver consistent, high quality, web-based courses and instructional support."</p> <p>ConnSCU's 17 institutions join thousands of institutions worldwide that have adopted the latest version of Blackboard Learn, the company's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">learning management system</a>, and enabled Blackboard's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">mobile learning apps</a>. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 21 Feb 2013 13:38:00 GMT Blackboard Wins Top Prepaid Card Award <h2 class="detail_subheader">Financial Aid Disbursement Program Recognized with 2nd Paybefore Award</h2> <p class="release_data">Feb 14, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb. 14, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Products/Financial-Services/BlackboardPay.aspx" target="_blank"><i>BlackboardPay</i></a>™, a student-centric prepaid card program, has received a 2013 Paybefore Award in the Best Consumer Value category, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">the company</a> announced today. The award is the most prestigious recognition of excellence in the worldwide prepaid and emerging payments industry. BlackboardPay previously won a Paybefore Award in 2011 in the Best Government Funded Prepaid Program<i> </i>category<i>.</i> This year's winners were selected from a record number of entries by a panel of industry experts. </p> <p>BlackboardPay helps higher education institutions reduce the administrative expense associated with disbursing student financial aid, work-study, student payroll, and other funds. The card program was recognized for its ability to protect students from overdraft exposure and PIN debit fees while providing robust account features and protections. BlackboardPay gives account holders immediate access to their funds without having to wait for a paper check or an ACH disbursement. Powered by First Data's Money Network<sup>®</sup>, the account is FDIC-insured.</p> <p>As a component of the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Transact</i></a>™<sup> </sup>platform, students at participating institutions can use the prepaid card account, integrated with their student ID card, to make purchases everywhere Discover<sup>®</sup> is accepted. Cardholders can also make fee-free withdrawals at on-campus ATMs and more than 50,000 surcharge-free Allpoint<sup>®</sup> ATM locations around the world. </p> <p>"BlackboardPay was designed from the students' single vantage point," said David Marr, President of Blackboard Transact. "Being honored with a second Paybefore Award is a testament that serving the best interest of students and institutions is not mutually exclusive. It proves that a responsible and thoughtful disbursement program can provide easy access to financial aid without eroding that aid with excessive fees."</p> <p>"It's a dynamic time in electronic payments as companies like Blackboard continue to innovate to solve payments problems," said Loraine DeBonis, Paybefore editor-in-chief and chair of the judging panel. "We are proud to recognize Blackboard's contributions to advancing the prepaid and emerging payments industry." </p> <p>For more information about BlackboardPay from Blackboard Transact, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/BbPay" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Transact</a>. For more information on Paybefore, please visit <a href="http://www.paybefore.com/" target="_blank">http://www.paybefore.com</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Paybefore:<br/></b>Paybefore is the leading information provider to prepaid and emerging payments industry professionals, offering the latest news, commentary and analysis. Paybefore's family of industry publications includes: Paybefore.com; Paybefore News; Paybefore Mobile™; Paybefore News International™; Paybefore Update™; Paybefore Legal™; Paybefore Magazine™, a biannual print publication featuring in-depth articles on the opportunities, challenges and trends in the global prepaid and emerging payment industry; and the only industry directory, Paybefore Buyer's Guide Connections™, available online and in print.  </p> <p><i>Allpoint is a registered trademark of Allpoint Network, a Cardtronics, Inc. affiliate. </i></p> <p><i>Money Network is a registered trademark of First Data Corporation.</i> </p> <p><i>Discover is a registered trademark of Discover Financial Services.</i></p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u><b>CONTACTS<br/></b></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 09:01:02 GMT Blackboard Expands Support for NFC Standards <h2 class="detail_subheader">MIFARE Compliancy Offers More Options for Secure Campus Card Transactions</h2> <p class="release_data">Feb 7, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Transact</i></a>™ campus card suite now supports <a href="http://www.mifare.net/" target="_blank">MIFARE</a><i><sup>®</sup></i>, a leading industry standard Near-Field Communication (NFC) compatible protocol that enables highly secure contactless "smart card" transactions, the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">company</a> announced today. Partner institutions can now choose either MIFARE or FeliCa, the two leading contactless technologies in the world, when issuing NFC-compatible student identification cards or mobile phones. </p> <p>This latest software update also includes an intuitive configuration application that creates a single MIFARE card that can be utilized with Blackboard's award-winning suite of contactless readers, as well as with 3<sup>rd</sup> party applications that also utilize the MIFARE NFC standard for authentication.</p> <p>"Blackboard Transact maintains a clear leadership position in the campus card market as the first platform to adopt NFC standards for secure transactions back in 2010," said David Marr, President of Blackboard Transact. "We are committed to staying at the forefront of our industry by expanding our support for open global standards and providing our clients with greater contactless options when configuring their campus financial and security systems, as well as their card's interoperability with local transportation systems."</p> <p>The company also announced today that the Blackboard Transact platform now features full integration with Assa Abloy<i><sup>®</sup></i>'s Persona™ access control software, which enables seamless administration and management of Assa Abloy Group brand door locks from Corbin-Russwin<i><sup>®</sup></i> and SARGENT<i><sup>®</sup></i>, global leaders in door access technology. With the expanded integrations, security personnel are able to configure and manage critical campus functions, such as security monitoring and alarm notification, on a single console. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Transact, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/BbTransact" target="_blank">@BbTransact</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. </b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>MIFARE is a registered trademark of NXP Semiconductors.</i></p> <p><i>ASSA ABLOY is a registered trademark of ASSA ABLOY, Inc.</i></p> <p><i>Corbin Russwin is a registered trademark of Corbin Russwin, Inc., an ASSA ABLOY Group company.</i></p> <p><i>SARGENT is a registered trademark of Sargent Manufacturing Company, an ASSA ABLOY Group company.</i></p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p><u><b>CONTACT<br/></b></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard, Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 07 Feb 2013 13:01:01 GMT Aspiring Teachers Increasingly Prepare for Their Future Jobs Online <h2 class="detail_subheader">Survey Shows Teacher Candidates Want More Technology in Training Programs</h2> <p class="release_data">Feb 5, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Future teachers want more digital, mobile and social technology integrated into their training and, in turn, their future classrooms, according to <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/teacherreport" target="_blank">a<b> </b>survey report</a> released today from <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. and <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/" target="_blank">Project Tomorrow</a><b><sup>®</sup></b>. According to the report, nearly 50 percent of students in teacher training programs use online podcasts and videos and turn to social networking sites to self-train for future teaching assignments.</p> <p>The tendency for tomorrow's teachers to leverage technology is a direct result of their own experience as "active learners" – students who expect technology to extend teaching and learning. The report finds that over half of the aspiring teachers polled (58 percent) are taking online classes and nearly the same amount (52 percent) use digital textbooks as a part of their education experience.  </p> <p>The findings, intended to inform preparation and professional development programs for new teachers, also reveal that today's principals have high expectations for the use of technology in classrooms. Over 80 percent of principals polled want their future hires to use digital tools to connect and communicate with students and their parents. </p> <p>"Due to increased access to digital learning tools throughout their lives, aspiring teachers gravitate toward online collaboration, which translates to a more self-directed teaching approach," said Julie Evans, chief executive officer of Project Tomorrow. "The correlation between an educator's familiarity with technology, and the strong likelihood of using that technology within instruction, is a good way to predict the future classroom." </p> <p>The survey also found that over 40 percent of students in teacher training programs sought career guidance online from educators outside of their institution, demonstrating the important role that access to and fluency in technology tools can play in their future success. </p> <p>"In order to be effective in the classroom and create an engaging learning environment, a great teacher needs to realize that children today are exposed to a vast amount of technology outside of the classroom, and when they walk into a classroom, they are walking back in time," said an aspiring elementary school teacher from Purdue University that participated in the survey.</p> <p>The findings are included in the report <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/teacherreport" target="_blank"><i>Learning in the 21st Century: Digital Experiences and Expectations of Tomorrow's Teachers</i></a>, prepared by Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow, which includes findings from the Speak Up for Aspiring Teachers survey of nearly 1,400 college students in teacher preparation programs during spring 2012. The data collected from the aspiring teachers was compared with the results of the surveys completed by 36,477 in-service K-12 teachers and 4,133 administrators during Speak Up surveys from fall 2011.</p> <p>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BlackboardK12" target="_blank">@BlackboardK12</a> and <a href="https://twitter.com/ProjectTomorrow" target="_blank">@ProjectTomorrow</a> on Twitter for updates. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/K12" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/K12</a>.  </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Project Tomorrow<br/></b>Project Tomorrow<sup>®</sup> is the nation's leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of students voices in education. With 16 years of experience in the K-12 education sector, Project Tomorrow<sup>®</sup>  regularly provides consulting and research support about key trends in K-12 science, math and technology education to school districts, government agencies, business and higher education.  The Speak Up National Research Project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning.  Since 2003, over 2.6 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up.  For additional information, visit us at <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/" target="_blank">www.tomorrow.org</a>.  We can also be found at: twitter.com/SpeakUpEd or Facebook.com/speakuped  </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT<br/></u>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; Project Tomorrow</p> Tue, 05 Feb 2013 09:01:29 GMT Virginia Community College System Selects Blackboard for Branded Campus Mobile Apps <h2 class="detail_subheader">Campus Life and Learning Apps to Increase Engagement at 23 Colleges</h2> <p class="release_data">Feb 4, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Virginia's Community Colleges (VCCS) have selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile</i></a>™<i> </i>to provide custom campus life mobile applications for its 23 colleges, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">the company</a> announced today. With an engaging and interactive mobile platform, system officials aim to increase the connection between the system's 400,000 students and their campus communities. </p> <p>Blackboard will provide a customizable enterprise application platform that VCCS will use to build individualized apps for each of its 23 colleges. Officials anticipate the apps, which will offer access to campus services and resources, including the institutions' student information system, will reinforce the brands of Virginia's community colleges, helping them to become more competitive and accessible to students, faculty, staff, alumni, and prospective students. The enterprise application platform will also enable officials to collect and analyze data on usage.</p> <p>"Community college students are often balancing coursework with careers and family obligations, and many commute to class," said Joy Hatch, vice chancellor of Information Technology Services at Virginia's Community Colleges. "Blackboard Mobile extends the functions of our campus and allows our busy students to engage with our community, even when they are not physically on campus. The new apps will also help strengthen the brand of our institutions in an increasingly competitive higher education environment." </p> <p><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Central.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile Central</i></a> is a native application for iOS and Android devices with a broad range of features and capabilities including instant access to maps, news, directory, courses, athletics, events, videos, and more - all within a single application. The same application will offer access to<b> </b><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile Learn</i></a>, allowing students to view grades and assignments, create discussion posts and comment on blogs and journals, upload content and view documents, view course rosters and more, directly from their mobile devices. </p> <p>VCCS considered various vendors as well as building an app in-house, but chose to partner with Blackboard because of the company's out-of-the-box modules, plugins, and standardized platform, which will allow for quick deployment. VCCS officials also recognized the need to work together and with a reliable industry partner for an enterprise mobile approach. Blackboard will provide expertise and resources to develop and maintain the apps across the system. </p> <p>"Our colleges are not driving mobile initiatives—our students are," continued Hatch. "Mobile technology has the potential to change the foundation of our institutions, and this partnership will enable VCCS to carry out an enterprise strategy for mobile technology."</p> <p>Blackboard Mobile apps are available as native applications for all major device platforms, including Android™ and iOS®, as well as the mobile Web for all other Web-enabled devices. </p> <p>For more information about the Blackboard Mobile platform, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/mobile" target="_blank">www.blackboard.com/mobile</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Bb_Mobile" target="_blank">@Bb_Mobile</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 04 Feb 2013 09:01:01 GMT Moodlerooms and Internships.com release Moodle Integration <h2 class="detail_subheader">Custom Block Extends Job Search and Career Building Tools to Open Source Moodle Community</h2> <p class="release_data">Jan 31, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p/> <p/> <p/> <p>BALTIMORE, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/" target="_blank">Moodlerooms, Inc.</a> and <a href="http://www.internships.com/" target="_blank">Internships.com</a>, the world's largest internships marketplace, today announced the release of a custom block that integrates job search and career building tools and resources directly into the open-source Moodle LMS and Joule, Moodlerooms' enterprise Moodle platform. </p> <p>The integration gives students access within the course platform to search and apply for over 65,000 active internships from more than 28,000 companies. Included in the block are a suite of career tools such as a resume builder and an assessment test that evaluates personal preferences and offers recommendations for open positions. Students can also take advantage of a social media integration that enables student job seekers to leverage Facebook as a professional network to find jobs and get introduced to hiring companies.</p> <p>The block supplements institutional career placement and counseling offices while supporting and following all existing institutional policies and practices.</p> <p>"At Moodlerooms, we know that career preparation is an important part of the education experience," said Tami Bonnett-Admi, Moodlerooms' Executive Director of Client Development. "Releasing this integration to our clients and the Moodle community will give students the edge they need to succeed beyond the academic setting and get a head start in the workplace."</p> <p>The integration is freely available to download for all open-source Moodle users by visiting: <a href="https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=block_internships" target="_blank">https://moodle.org/plugins/view.php?plugin=block_internships</a></p> <p>"With seven out of every ten internships turning into full time jobs it's critical to connect students early in their studies with employers," said Robin D. Richards, Chairman and CEO of Internships.com. "We are excited that our partnership with Moodlerooms allows us to extend our integration to the open source community so that more students can benefit from internships and world-class career tools as they seek to enter the workforce."</p> <p>For more information about Moodle, please visit <a href="http://www.moodle.org/" target="_blank">www.moodle.org</a>.  For more information about Moodlerooms Joule, please visit <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/" target="_blank">www.moodlerooms.com</a>. For more information about Internships.com, please visit <a href="http://www.internships.com/" target="_blank">www.internships.com</a>.  </p> <p><b>About Moodlerooms: </b>Moodlerooms is an education technology company dedicated to bringing excellent online teaching to institutions across the globe.  We serve colleges and universities, schools and organizations by supporting the software that educators use to manage and deliver instructional content to learners in virtual classrooms.  Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Moodlerooms is a proud Moodle Partner company that regularly contributes to the development and evolution of the open-source Moodle community. </p> <p/> <p><b>About Internships.com</b>: Internships.com, part of CareerArc Group, is the world's largest internship marketplace bringing students, employers and higher education together in one centralized location. The innovative, Los Angeles based company, develops a wide variety of interactive, world-class tools and services to enable every student, employer and educator to better understand and optimize internship opportunities. For additional information, please visit <a href="http://www.internships.com/" target="_blank">www.internships.com</a>. For tips on finding internships, hot internship listings and internship advice, follow Internships.com on Twitter (<a href="http://www.twitter.com/internships" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/internships</a>) or Facebook (<a href="http://www.facebook.com/internships.com" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/internships.com</a>). </p> <p>SOURCE Moodlerooms; Internships.com</p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 09:01:01 GMT FEEVALE University Selects Blackboard for Online and Mobile Learning <h2 class="detail_subheader">University Expands Courses with Online Learning Investment</h2><p class="release_data">Jan 18, 2013</p> <p>SÃO PAULO – January 18, 2013 - FEEVALE University has selected Blackboard as a strategic partner for online and mobile teaching and learning after a review of commercial, open source and in-house options, the company announced today. The institution will use Blackboard’s <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx">LMS</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx">mobile learning</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx">Web collaboration</a> tools along with their <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Services/Managed-Hosting.aspx">managed hosting</a> services to increase the efficiency of online learning. Through the partnership, FEEVALE, one of the most renowned universities in Southern Brazil, will expand the amount and types of online courses and tools offered to their 15,000 students over the next five years. Blackboard, which is primarily represented in Brazil by the Educational Holding Group A, will work with university officials to provide students with real-time access to course materials and instructors. “Online learning is our core strategy for growth and Blackboard’s education technology leadership made them an obvious partner to work with as we expanded our operations and offerings,” said Ana Karin Nunes, Online Learning Coordinator at FEEVALE. “By enhancing the communication and collaboration between teachers, students and tutors, students will have a greater chance of getting ahead and expanding their educational opportunities.” “We are excited to help FEEVALE provide a deeper engagement with their students through technology,” said Juan Lucca, International Business Director for Blackboard. “Through our work with innovative and forward-thinking institutions, we are able to make a positive difference in the way education is delivered throughout the region with increased access to course materials and instructor feedback.” </p> <p><div style="text-align: center;"># # #</div></p> <p> <b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br> Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. </p><p> <b>About Grupo A (<a href="www.grupoa.com.br">www.grupoa.com.br</a>)</b> Grupo A is a holding company with 30 years at the Brazilian editorial market. It holds the seals Artes Médicas, Artmed, Bookman, McGraw-Hill and Penso. With about two thousand titles in the catalog, Grupo A publishes approximately 350 books a year. Its editorial line is focused on scientific, technical and professional (STP) book publishing in the areas of life sciences, social sciences and exact sciences. Grupo A has partnerships with international publishers and is the publishing partner of the books from major Brazilian Scientific Institutions. The company has established an exclusive deal with Blackboard, a global leader in education technology, which aims to distribute content imprints of Grupo A through e-learning platforms for the education market. Other business: BMJ Magazine Brazil (Brazilian version of the British Medical Journal); Patio Magazines (aimed at qualifying for Brazilian teachers); Corporate Education - Management Development Program CoachingOurselves; Portals MedicinaNET. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> Fri, 18 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT The University of Tennessee at Martin Selects Blackboard Mobile <h2 class="detail_subheader">College finds Blackboard Superior for Campus Information and Mobile Learning</h2> <p class="release_data">Jan 15, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Tennessee at Martin (UTM) has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile</i></a><sup>™</sup><i> </i>to replace its current mobile app with an app that will offer access to campus services, information, and courses, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> announced today.</p> <p>The deciding factor in the change to Blackboard Mobile was that UTM officials wanted to have a single, integrated app for all elements of the campus experience in order to simplify things for users and increase engagement. With Blackboard, UTM will have an app for campus life and services that will also integrate with the latest release of the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i> platform, the college's learning management system (LMS), so its 7,750 students have the easiest and most convenient solution to stay connected to the college and their courses.  </p> <p>"We didn't just want to 'check the box' of having a mobile application," said Craig Ingram, interim director of UTM's Information and Technology Center and Web Services. "Blackboard Mobile offers the full spectrum of capabilities we were looking to bring to our students, and we look forward to working with Blackboard to continue to build on and enhance our mobile platform." </p> <p>Components of the new app include a complete campus telephone directory, athletics schedule and news updates, the complete UTM library catalog, and a maps feature that enables the users to find their exact location on campus, search for a building and pinpoint its address. Academic and social calendars provide a list of upcoming events such as concerts, lectures, and exhibits and alert users to activities near their current locations.</p> <p>UT Martin students will also be able to access their course content with Blackboard Mobile Learn, allowing them to view grades, participate in online course discussion boards and access course assignments. </p> <p>"Our goal is to strengthen institutional traditions and to create lifelong affiliations with our university," said Dr. Tom Rakes, UT Martin chancellor. "The new mobile app will help us achieve this by enhancing students' connection with our university through the technology available with today's mobile devices."</p> <p>For more information about the Blackboard Mobile platform, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/mobile" target="_blank">www.blackboard.com/mobile</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Bb_Mobile" target="_blank">@Bb_Mobile</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 15 Jan 2013 09:01:02 GMT Ibmec Selects Blackboard for Online and Mobile Learning <h2 class="detail_subheader">Local Partnership Will Help Meet Student Demands and Support Enrollment Expansion</h2><p class="release_data">Jan 10, 2013</p> <p>SÃO PAULO – January 10, 2013 – Ibmec, one of the leading teaching and research institutions in Latin America, has selected Blackboard as a strategic partner in online learning, the company announced today. The institution will now use Blackboard’s LMS, mobile learning, Web collaboration and managed hosting solutions at all of its institutions across Brazil. Ibmec, best known for their prestigious professional master degrees, has partnered with Blackboard, which is primarily represented in Brazil by the Educational Holding Grupo A, to help increase its post-graduation and MBA courses for the next three years and help support their strategy for enrollment expansion. “Blackboard’s next-generation learning tools will allow us to offer more online courses to our students, and complement face-to-face interactions,” said Jose Luis Trinta, Business Director at Ibmec. “We are also able to provide mobile interactions between teachers and students, which is quickly growing in demand.” “As students all over the world, and particularly in Brazil, become more active consumers of their education, they expect to use online tools more and more,” said Juan Lucca, International Business Director for Blackboard. “Ibmec serves as a great example in the region of the importance of investing in education technology and we are excited to expand our regional presence to support these changes and meet students’ needs.” For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">http://www.blackboard.com/</a>. </p><p> <b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br> Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. </p> <p> <b>About Grupo A</b> (<a href="www.grupoa.com.br">www.grupoa.com.br</a>) Grupo A is a holding company with 40 years of experience in the Brazilian publishing market. It is comprised of the imprints: Artes Medicas, Artmed, Bookman, McGraw-Hill, and Penso. With about two thousand titles in its catalog, Grupo A publishes approximately 350 books a year. Its editorial line is focused on Scientific, Technical, and Medical (STM), as well as Professional titles in the areas of the Life Sciences, the Social Sciences and the Exact Sciences. Grupo A has established partnerships with renowned international publishing groups, as well as with the major Brazilian Scientific Institutions. The company has signed an exclusive deal with Blackboard, a global leader in educational technology, which aims to distribute content from imprints of Grupo A through e-learning platforms for the educational market. Other businesses: BMJ Journal Brasil (Brazilian version of the British Medical Journal); Patio Educational Journals (aimed at qualifying Brazilian teachers); Corporate Education by way of the Management Development Program CoachingOurselves; Content Platforms, such as MedicinaNET and HarrisonBrasil. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> Thu, 10 Jan 2013 00:00:00 GMT Arizona State University Selects Blackboard Mass Notification Solution to Replace Current System <h2 class="detail_subheader">Blackboard Connect Found to Provide Superior Messaging Capabilities and Customizable Features</h2> <p class="release_data">Jan 7, 2013</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:0.62em; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; margin:"0in"; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Jan. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.asu.edu/" target="_blank">Arizona State University</a> (ASU) has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> to enhance communication and preparedness through advanced messaging capabilities and customizable features, the company announced today. </p> <p> <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"> <i>Blackboard Connect</i> </a> ™ offers an advanced and efficient solution to support outreach initiatives and ensure students, faculty and staff are well informed about important events that could impact their education. </p> <p>The new system, beginning operations on January 1, 2013, will send both urgent notifications and important campus updates to students, faculty and staff through email, texts, RSS, Facebook and Twitter. Starting December 21, 2012, recipients will have the ability to manage their message settings, including the campus location they wish to receive text messages from and including additional subscribers. </p> <p>"The safety of those on our campuses is our top priority, which is why we need to be able to communicate with students, faculty and staff, and other affiliates quickly in an urgent situation," said Allen Clark, Director of Emergency Preparedness at Arizona State University. "We are updating our emergency messaging system so the ASU community receives important messages when it matters most. We look forward to adding additional services that will enable the system to serve the community more efficiently and have the broadest reach possible." </p> <p>ASU students, faculty and staff will be automatically enrolled in the system, but will be prompted, starting December 21, 2012, to update, customize or opt-out of the system using MyASU, a secure university web portal.   </p> <p>In 2011, ASU adopted <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/services/student-services/overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Student Services</i></a>(SM) to provide support for students, faculty and staff in all areas of campus life, from financial aid and human resources to academic technology and IT. In addition, the university has used <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/learn/overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a>™, the company's leading learning management platform since 2000.  </p> <p>"Our ongoing partnership with ASU demonstrates Blackboard's unique ability to provide innovative technology that enhances both academic and administrative aspects of campus life, including communication," said Ed Miller, president of Administrative Platforms at Blackboard. "We are dedicated to providing ASU, as well as universities across the country, with a suite of solutions that meet student demands and provide a personalized approach to student engagement." </p> <p>Engaging more than 44 million people around the world, Blackboard Connect is the leading mass notification system connecting organizations with their communities. In 2011, Blackboard Connect delivered more than 1 billion messages, and has achieved superior levels of reliability, delivering up to 99.999 percent uptime over the past three years. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Connect, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx</a>.  </p> <p> <b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p> <i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as </i> <i>a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 12:01:00 GMT Putnam County School System Replaces Current LMS with Blackboard Learn <h2 class="detail_subheader">Evaluation Finds Blackboard Superior in Functionality, Security and Flexibility</h2> <p class="release_data">Dec 17, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Putnam County School System has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> to replace its current learning management system (LMS) after determining the need for a more flexible and secure platform for online and blended learning, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> announced today. The deal will bring Blackboard technology to 11,000 students and the largest non-metropolitan high school in Tennessee. </p> <p>In a review of commercial and open source LMS options, a committee of faculty and administrators found the latest release of the Blackboard Learn platform superior to alternatives in meeting a list of desired qualities in an LMS, including a wide range of robust features, support for IMS Common Cartridge standards to easily import and export content, and flexibility for teachers to create their own courses. </p> <p>The committee also considered how other K-12 districts in their region leveraged technology in the classroom, visiting Cobb County Schools in Georgia. Putnam County officials were impressed with that district's use of Blackboard technology for blended learning, professional development, and a virtual learning program. </p> <p>"We were looking for flexibility—a broad solution that would not just address virtual learning, but something we could build out as our expertise in using online tools grows," said Sharon Anderson, 7-12 Curriculum Supervisor at Putnam County School System.<b> </b>"Working with Blackboard will allow us to push the envelope of virtual and blended learning without compromising the security of our students' personal information or limit what we can do in the future by restricting course content."  </p> <p>Schools officials were dissatisfied with the capability of their previous LMS to accommodate adaptive release in online courses, and concerns about the security of student information and the prior system's lack of flexibility to export courses also played into the decision to move to Blackboard Learn. </p> <p>The partnership with Blackboard also includes Web conferencing with <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Collaborate</i></a><sup>™</sup>, which Putnam County Schools will use for synchronous classes and professional development, and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile</i></a><sup>™</sup> <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Learn</i></a>, which will give students the option of accessing courses, content, and organizations on a variety of mobile devices.</p> <p>Putnam County Schools is in the process of building courses in Blackboard Learn with the goal to run most online and blended courses in Blackboard Learn by fall of 2013 as well as adding professional development options. The Blackboard Learn platform will ultimately house a virtual class on personal finance that meets the district's requirement for every student to take an online course. District officials will also work on creating professional development courses in Blackboard Learn this spring. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p/> <p/> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 14:02:00 GMT Blackboard Launches Mobile App for Recipients of Leading Mass Notification Service <h2 class="detail_subheader">Community Members Get Notifications, Alerts and Can Manage Preferences</h2> <p class="release_data">Dec 12, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced the launch of a native mobile app that allows <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Connect</i></a><sup>™ </sup>message recipients to get alerts and personalize their messaging experience directly from their mobile devices. The <i>Blackboard</i> <i>MyConnect</i><sup>™</sup> application is now available for free on the <a href="https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-myconnect/id575910789" target="_blank">Apple iTunes</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bbconnect.recipient" target="_blank">Google Play</a> app stores. Institutions using Blackboard Connect can make the app available directly from the platform's user interface.</p> <p>The new app allows community members to subscribe to Blackboard MyConnect groups, which are topic-based subscription lists provided by their institutions. Community members can also identify message mode preferences – including voice, email or SMS/text – and recipients can use the app to review all of these messages at their convenience. Blackboard MyConnect takes advantage of the mobile environment by delivering push notifications anytime a recipient receives an alert.</p> <p>The app also leverages the platform's presence in education, government and corporate markets by allowing recipients to manage notifications from different institutions with whom they are affiliated that use Blackboard Connect. For example, parents can stay informed about their child's school, while also getting up-to-date alerts from their local city or county, or even their workplace, all from within the single app.</p> <p>"We live in a world of texting and tweeting, and people today are more likely to get the message if it is mobile-friendly and easily accessible," said Ed Miller, president of Blackboard's administrative platform group. "Blackboard MyConnect makes it simple for users to stay connected to the issues and the institutions that matter to them."</p> <p>Engaging more than 44 million people around the world, Blackboard Connect is the leading mass notification system connecting organizations with their communities. In 2011, Blackboard Connect delivered more than 1 billion messages, and has achieved superior levels of reliability, delivering up to 99.999 percent uptime over the past three years. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard MyConnect, visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/myconnect" target="_blank">www.blackboard.com/myconnect</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. </b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to <a href="http://www.google.com/permissions/index.html" target="_blank">Google Permissions</a>.</p> <p>Apple, iPhone and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:46:01 GMT Blackboard's Student Debit Accounts Go Mobile <h2 class="detail_subheader">App Helps Institutions Meet Growing Expectations of Mobile Delivery of Campus Services</h2> <p class="release_data">Dec 12, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Dec. 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Students can now manage all aspects of their <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Transact</i></a><sup>™</sup> campus ID accounts with their mobile devices, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. announced today. Through <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Products/Commerce-Management/Online-Account-Management/eAccounts.aspx" target="_blank"><i>eAccounts</i></a><i><sup>™ </sup></i><i>Mobile</i>, students can check their campus debit card account balance, view transactions, make real-time deposits, and manage security features on iOS<sup>®</sup> smartphones or tablets. </p> <p>eAccounts Mobile is the latest extension to eAccounts, the online, self-service portal for closed-looped campus debit card accounts that is already used by hundreds of thousands of students nationwide. Users are able to download their campus-specific mobile app from the Apple iTunes<sup>®</sup> store and have it seamlessly integrate with their institution's instance of Blackboard Transact. </p> <p>"This new mobile app provides a user-friendly and convenient way for our students to manage their accounts online," said Jackie Barnaby, manager of the Saints Card Office at North Georgia College & State University. "We have used it since 2009 and not only has it gained in student popularity and usage year-over-year, but we have also seen a 70 percent increase in stored value account balances. I have no doubt this momentum will continue with the addition of mobile access."</p> <p>The certified PCI-compliant portal creates a fully customizable account management environment that is uniquely branded to each institution. By enabling student-management of card accounts, administrators can provide a more convenient and timely option for students to access their accounts, while off-loading routine transactions from the card office staff. </p> <p>"Just as mobile technology can transform the academic experience, it can also enhance how a college or university provides administrative tools and campus services," said David Marr, president of Blackboard Transact. "As today's student <i>expects </i>to be connected to and interact with their institution through a mobile device, we are now able to further help institutions meet these expectations." </p> <p>Used in campuses around the world, Blackboard Transact is an innovative, comprehensive solution for cashless commerce on and around campus, financial services, campus-wide video security, and exterior and facilities access. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard's eAccounts, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Products/Commerce-Management/Online-Account-Management/eAccounts.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Products/Commerce-Management/Online-Account-Management/eAccounts.aspx</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>Apple, iPhone, iTunes and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 12 Dec 2012 11:46:01 GMT Moodlerooms and W.W. Norton Partner to Deliver Digital Content and Components in New Learning System <h2 class="detail_subheader">W.W. Norton chooses Moodlerooms's flexible, scalable platform to power combined offering</h2> <p class="release_data">Dec 10, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p/> <p/> <p>BALTIMORE, Dec. 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/" target="_blank">Moodlerooms, Inc.</a> and <a href="http://books.wwnorton.com/books/index.aspx" target="_blank">W.W. Norton & Company Inc.</a> announced today a partnership to deliver W.W. Norton's digital content, homework and assessments for college classes through Moodleroom's Moodle-based platform, Joule.  The new combined offering will be sold and marketed by W.W. Norton.</p> <p>Moodle's open source flexibility and interoperability will allow W.W. Norton to achieve a number of customizations to fit their vision for a robust, combined client offering. W.W. Norton chose to work with Moodlerooms, a premier Moodle partner, because of the company's top quality service and cloud-based delivery model that supports scalability.</p> <p>W.W. Norton currently publishes a suite of digital learning products in a host of disciplines, as well as its proprietary homework system SmartWork.</p> <p>"The product vision at Moodlerooms aligns perfectly with our editorial strategy. Their attention to detail and the quality of their execution makes Moodlerooms the perfect partner for us," said Peter Kay, vice president and director of digital strategy at W. W. Norton. "Moodlerooms, in Joule, has made very smart customizations to the open source Moodle platform so it made sense to start there for our next generation learning system."</p> <p>"We're thrilled to partner with W.W. Norton to enable delivery of their digital content," said Tami Bonnett-Admi, Executive Director of Learning Solutions and Client Development at Moodlerooms. "Because of Moodlerooms's commitment to service, open standards and community development, we can provide a learning platform that grows with W.W. Norton and helps them serve college students in new ways."</p> <p><b>About Moodlerooms<br/></b>Moodlerooms is an education technology company dedicated to bringing excellent online teaching to institutions across the globe.  We serve colleges and universities, schools and organizations by supporting the software that educators use to manage and deliver instructional content to learners in virtual classrooms.  Headquartered in Baltimore, MD, Moodlerooms is a proud Moodle Partner company that regularly contributes to the development and evolution of the open-source Moodle community.  For more information, visit <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/" target="_blank">www.moodlerooms.com</a>.</p> <p/> <p><b>About W.W. Norton & Company<br/></b>W. W. Norton & Company, the oldest and largest publishing house owned wholly by its employees, strives to carry out the imperative of its founder to "publish books not for a single season, but for the years" in fiction, nonfiction, poetry, college textbooks, cookbooks, art books and professional books. </p> <p>SOURCE Moodlerooms; W.W. Norton & Company Inc.</p> Mon, 10 Dec 2012 12:14:00 GMT Blackboard and Pearson Announce International Content Integration Partnership <h2 class="detail_subheader">Market-leading LMS and World's Leading Learning Companies Bring Seamless Transition Between Pearson's MyLab & Mastering and Blackboard Learn to Global Markets</h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 29, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> and <a href="http://www.pearsonhighered.com/" target="_blank">Pearson</a> have expanded the availability of an integration for Pearson's leading learning solution – <a href="http://pearsonmylabandmastering.com/?cc/" target="_blank">MyLab & Mastering</a> – with <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup>, the market-leading learning management system (LMS). Previously available in North America, the integration is now available in most markets worldwide, the companies announced today. </p> <p>The systems integration includes single sign-on, improved workflows and state-of-the-art Web services that enable instructors to find and access MyLab & Mastering within their Blackboard learning system. Faculty can synchronize gradebooks, transfer information and create corresponding links in both systems. Instructors are also able to customize their courses by choosing content and rearranging items in the content area and course navigation bar. </p> <p>The expansion follows growing international interest in having quick access to Pearson's content and homework assignments, tutorials, gradebook and tools, learning solutions, and analytics directly in Blackboard's learning platforms. The integration, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/News-Center/Press-Releases.aspx?releaseid=122643" target="_blank">which was made available in  North America earlier this year</a>, is already being used by hundreds of institutions. </p> <p>"The integration of MyLab & Mastering and Blackboard Learn has created not only a more enriched teaching and learning experience, but it also makes my job much more convenient," said Dr. Salim M. Salim, head of the Mathematics Department, Qatar University. "The single sign on, gradebook synchronization, personalized study paths and real-time evaluations allow me and my students to easily benefit from the powerful tools both systems offer."</p> <p>"We are excited to bring fast, easy access to Pearson's digital content and leading digital solutions into Blackboard's learning platforms all over the world," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Matthew-Small.aspx" target="_blank">Matthew Small, chief business officer at Blackboard</a>. "This expanded partnership reduces the barriers felt internationally to these resources with a streamlined, powerful approach."</p> <p>"We are delighted to both continue our partnership with Blackboard and to expand it on a global scale. This ultimately allows us to bring our products and our digital content to even more teachers and students worldwide," commented Michelle Neil, Chief Learning Technologies Officer, International Higher Education at Pearson. </p> <p>This joint announcement, made at <a href="http://www.online-educa.com/" target="_blank">Online Educa Berlin</a> this week, marks a new level of convenience and simplicity for users. The collaboration is part of the companies' ongoing efforts to make it easier for teachers and students to find, use and share digital content and tools.</p> <p>Blackboard Learn, used by millions of students worldwide, allows institutions to take advantage of improved stability, greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators and social learning tools. Through open APIs and standards-based interoperability, the Blackboard Learn platform supports a wide range of integrations for content and tools.  </p> <p>Pearson's MyLab & Mastering has changed the way millions of students learn and has supported successful redesign of college courses to effectively use technology to improve achievement and manage costs. Students receive a personalized learning experience, with online tutorials, homework, quizzes and tests that are automatically graded for instant feedback—freeing instructors to spend less time grading and more time working with their students. Demand for the MyLab & Mastering programs continues to soar across the globe at thousands of higher education institutions. MyLab & Mastering programs are available for over 80 different discipline offerings representing thousands of distinct titles used by over 10.4 million students.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/learn" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/learn</a>. For more information about Pearson, please visit <a href="http://www.pearsonhighered.com/" target="_blank">www.pearsonhighered.com</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Pearson</b></p> <p>Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).  The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab and Mastering; educational services including custom publishing; and content-independent platforms including EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio for online learning programs.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p/> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; Pearson</p> Thu, 29 Nov 2012 11:46:01 GMT Blackboard Mobile Apps Reach 4.5 Million Downloads <h2 class="detail_subheader">More Colleges and Universities Embrace Mobile Strategies to Keep Up with Rising Student Expectations</h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 28, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Central.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.'s</a> native mobile applications for learning and campus life have been downloaded more than 4.5 million times, the company announced today. The milestone caps a heavy period of use of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile</i></a>™ apps during the back to school season, and marks a steady increase in the number of institutions leveraging the apps as part of their mobile strategies. </p> <p>During the first two months of the fall 2012 semester alone, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile™ Learn</i></a> was downloaded an average of 7,000 times per day with students logging in over 70 million times. <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Central.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile™ Central</i></a> helped students, alumni and others keep track of the college football season and other news with over 10 million user checks of game scores, articles and schedules.  </p> <p>"The continuous adoption of mobility in education confirms that this 'trend' has truly become an expectation of today's college-bound students," said <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/Who-We-Are/Leadership/Kayvon-Beykpour.aspx" target="_blank">Kayvon Beykpour</a>, General Manager of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Mobile</a>. "The use of mobile devices in education is not an experiment. Rather, mobile has become a mission-critical channel of communication for everything from course delivery to university marketing and recruitment." </p> <p>Branded for each institution, Blackboard Mobile Central is an LMS-agnostic suite of applications within a single mobile app that includes course catalogs, event calendars, university news, sports schedules, directories, interactive maps and custom campus tours. The number of institutions with an active Blackboard Mobile Central app in use for marketing, recruitment and campus life purposes has doubled since 2011. Some institutions have developed and launched their apps in as little as three months.</p> <p>Blackboard Mobile Learn allows students to access documents in multiple formats, post announcements, create threaded discussion posts, create and upload content and much more. Since the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/News-Center/Press-Releases.aspx?releaseid=122648" target="_blank">introduction of personal license downloads earlier this year</a>, over 120,000 students and faculty have purchased Blackboard Mobile Learn directly from the <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-mobile-learn/id376413870?mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a> or <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackboard.android&hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play</a>. </p> <p>Blackboard Mobile apps are available as native applications for all major device platforms, including Android™ and iOS<sup>®</sup>, as well as the mobile Web for all other Web-enabled devices. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Mobile, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/mobile" target="_blank">www.blackboard.com/mobile</a> or follow @<a href="http://twitter.com/#%21/bb_mobile" target="_blank">Bb_Mobile</a> on Twitter. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to <a href="http://www.google.com/permissions/index.html" target="_blank">Google Permissions</a>.</p> <p>Apple, iPhone, iPod touch and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 28 Nov 2012 09:01:01 GMT Coker College Selects Blackboard Learn to Replace Existing LMS <h2 class="detail_subheader">College finds Blackboard Best Option to Recruitment and Retention Efforts</h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 27, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of an effort to boost enrollment and retention, Coker College has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i> to replace its current learning management system (LMS), <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> announced today. The decision followed an evaluation of multiple commercial and open source systems by officials at the small South Carolina liberal arts college.</p> <p>A campus review rated the latest version of Blackboard Learn's features more robust and interface more intuitive than other options. In particular, faculty found valuable the system's mash-up tool, which allows users to embed media such as YouTube videos, SlideShare presentations and Flickr photos into courses. Institutional leaders also found the system best suited to meet the college's strategic initiatives to grow enrollment, which is currently around 1,200.</p> <p>"We are a smaller school than many of our competitors and we must be very diligent about the allocation of our resources," said Tracy Parkinson, provost at Coker College. "So it's crucial to our recruitment and retention efforts to have the very best tools available for our students, and since Blackboard Learn is the gold standard in online learning, it really was an easy decision to bring them to our campus." </p> <p>"Blackboard Learn is definitely easier to use than previous systems I've used," said Serena Hill, assistant professor of music at Coker College. "Things just work the way I expect them to, and grading with interactive rubrics is a massive timesaver."</p> <p>Coker College officials plan on using Blackboard Learn to grow the number of online classes offered during summer and winter breaks, which will help keep students on track for graduation and tuition costs down. College leaders say these types of initiatives will help make Coker College a strong investment for current and prospective students. </p> <p>"In an age where students are faced with unprecedented debt from college, we are doing everything in our power to make Coker College a strong investment," continued Parkinson. "By expanding our ability to offer classes between semesters, Blackboard is helping us give our students a great education for less time and cost."</p> <p>Nearly 2,000 institutions have adopted the latest release of Blackboard's flagship learning management platform to take advantage of the platform's improved stability, social learning tools to drive student engagement, digital content integrations and greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators. </p> <p>To learn more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/learn/overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/learn/overview.aspx</a> </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</i> <i>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:01:00 GMT CUNY Selects Blackboard to Expand Online Learning <h2 class="detail_subheader">Long-Term Initiative to Deliver Core Technology Platform across System</h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 27, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban university system in the nation, is partnering with Blackboard to establish a full teaching and learning platform across all of its campuses. The 10-year agreement includes the provision of core technology infrastructure and services to support significant growth and expansion in online learning.</p> <p>Blackboard will provide a dynamic platform – built around Blackboard's flagship <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx" target="_blank">learning management system</a> (LMS) – with mobile access on native apps on the full range of smartphones and tablets and combined with Blackboard's robust <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Web conferencing and synchronous learning capabilities</a>. The platform will support CUNY's rapidly expanding continuing education program, which is bringing more education opportunities to working adults and professional students. </p> <p>"The alternatives weren't ready for prime time – they could not scale to meet our needs," said James Haggard, Deputy CIO at CUNY. "We're trying to structure ourselves so that we can chart a strategy that is flexible and able to change with the industry over time. Blackboard is the partner to help us do that."</p> <p>CUNY has seen rapid growth in enrollments over the past three years and officials found competitors could not scale to meet their needs like Blackboard was equipped to do. Officials at CUNY found Blackboard to be the best long-term partner based on confidence in the company's product roadmap and vision for online learning.</p> <p>By leveraging a broader set of Blackboard technologies, CUNY is offering a richer, more interactive experience for over 540,000 students each semester. The integrated technologies offer greater depth of capabilities unmatched by other vendors, paired with Blackboard's proven ability to scale across large systems and support intensive use.</p> <p>By deploying <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn.aspx/" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> as their core platform across the system, CUNY is able to create a seamless experience for students and faculty who may move from one campus to another. Blackboard's Web conferencing solution, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Collaborate</i><sup>™</sup></a> is integrated directly within the LMS so students and faculty can meet and interact virtually for a variety of formal and informal purposes, giving them a more powerful and engaging learning experience. </p> <p>Officials at CUNY were confident in Blackboard's ability to go beyond technology to help ensure performance quality and to provide excellent support, consulting and expertise in hosting through <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Services/Managed-Hosting.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Managed Hosting</a>.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard's solutions for higher education, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Markets/Higher-Education-(1)/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Markets/Higher-Education-(1)/Overview.aspx</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 09:01:00 GMT Macon State College Selects Blackboard Analytics for Data-Driven Decision Making <h2 class="detail_subheader">Solution Deemed Critical to Improving Learning Outcomes</h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 13, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Nov. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Macon State College has chosen <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Analytics</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i> to help it achieve the goals set in <i>Complete College Georgia, </i>the state's higher education completion plan, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> announced today. Macon State is the fourth state institution in Georgia to turn to the company's suite of applications to help with this initiative. </p> <p>Tasked by the University System of Georgia to increase student retention and faced with performance-based funding from the system office for the first time, college officials created a plan to become a "mission-driven" campus where decisions are driven by data. Officials determined that Blackboard Analytics would best enable the college to evaluate academic initiatives and measure progress toward institutional goals and benchmarks.</p> <p>Macon State faculty use reports and dashboards from Blackboard Analytics, which unlocks data from their student information system, to track outcomes and validate the redesign objectives of core and remedial classes. The solution is enabling academic leaders to get a better handle on retention rates and put a plan in place to move forward. In addition, Macon State officials have used Blackboard Analytics to optimize course sections offered and to determine how best to allocate space in its two campuses.</p> <p>"If you put information in the hands of faculty and they start to look at it, they come up with more creative solutions and they begin to own the problems and celebrate the successes," said Marti Venn, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Faculty was able to change the way a remedial class is taught after data from Blackboard Analytics indicated success rates were not meeting expectations."</p> <p>"Our department was able to confirm that success rates for an introductory level course increased after being redesigned," said Barry Monk, chair of mathematics at Macon State. "Before we adopted Blackboard Analytics, it drove us crazy that we couldn't use data to evaluate teaching methods because we knew it could be used. We finally have a tool to show us what's working and what needs improvement," added mathematics professor, John Trimboli.</p> <p>The Blackboard Analytics suite of products unlocks data from the leading ERP systems and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup>, the company's flagship learning management system. The products provide higher education leaders across the institution on demand access to metrics and data for informed decision-making regarding <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Enrollment-Management-Suite.aspx" target="_blank">enrollment management</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Blackboard-Analytics-for-Learn.aspx" target="_blank">academic affairs</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Finance.aspx" target="_blank">finance</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Advancement.aspx" target="_blank">advancement</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">and more</a>.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Analytics, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Overview.aspx</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 09:01:01 GMT Blackboard and Ellucian Partner for Enhanced Product Integration <h2 class="detail_subheader">Companies will Integrate Colleague by Ellucian and the Blackboard Learn Platform through the Intelligent Learning Platform</h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 9, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Nov. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. and <a href="http://www.ellucian.com/" target="_blank">Ellucian</a> have partnered to enable an integration between two of the industry's leading educational products, <a href="http://www.ellucian.com/Solutions/Colleague-by-Ellucian/" target="_blank">Colleague by Ellucian</a> and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup>. As part of the partnership, the companies will work to achieve real-time data transfer between the two products, making it easier for institutions to access and manage classroom information from their administrative and academic systems. </p> <p>An integration, expected to be available later this year, will support hundreds of clients that currently use both Colleague and Blackboard Learn. With the planned integration, institutions would no longer have to integrate the products themselves or hire third-party consultants to do so. </p> <p>Utilizing the Blackboard Learn Student Information System (SIS) Integration Framework, and Ellucian's Intelligent Learning Platform, the planned integration would provide colleges and universities with an easier way of configuring, managing and troubleshooting user data within Blackboard Learn. </p> <p>"We are always trying to create efficiencies and improvements in the overall learning experience," said Jessica Finnefrock, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Development at Blackboard. "This partnership is part of our commitment to help our clients get the most out of their technology investments and our mission to create more open and interoperable frameworks for education technology."</p> <p>"Our Ellucian Extensible Ecosystem vision is about providing more flexibility to help our global customer community continuously evolve their technology environments by extending the core administrative systems they depend on," said Mark Jones, chief product officer, Ellucian. "True to the Ellucian XE vision, this planned integration will help make it easier and more cost effective for our mutual customers to manage information from their administrative and academic systems." </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a>. </p> <p>For more information about the Colleague Intelligent Learning Platform, please visit <a href="http://www.ellucian.com/Solutions/Colleague-Intelligent-Learning-Platform/" target="_blank">http://www.ellucian.com/Solutions/Colleague-Intelligent-Learning-Platform/</a></p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.  <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Ellucian   <br/></b>Ellucian, the new company formed by the combination of Datatel and SunGard Higher Education, helps education institutions thrive in a dynamic world. It delivers a broad portfolio of technology solutions, developed in collaboration with a global education community, and provides strategic guidance to help education institutions of all kinds navigate change, achieve greater transparency, and drive efficiencies. More than 2,400 institutions in 40 countries around the world look to Ellucian for the ideas and insights that will move education forward, helping people everywhere discover their futures through learning. Visit <a href="http://www.ellucian.com/" target="_blank">ellucian.com</a>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; Ellucian</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 12:01:02 GMT Blackboard and Kaltura Expand Partnership Across Blackboard's Learning Platforms <h2 class="detail_subheader">Kaltura's Rich-Media Capabilities Available to Moodlerooms Users and More Blackboard Learn Customers</h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 7, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>DENVER, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> and <a href="http://www.kaltura.com/" target="_blank">Kaltura</a>, the leading open source video platform, announced today an expanded partnership across Blackboard's learning platforms. Institutions using Moodlerooms's Moodle-based platform, joule, can now access Kaltura's advanced video tools directly in their learning management system.  </p> <p>Also new, Blackboard and Kaltura plan to offer the <i>Blackboard Building Block</i><sup>™ </sup>more broadly to <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, expanding the availability of Kaltura's video tools and capabilities in Blackboard's flagship learning management system. </p> <p>Through the partnership, students, instructors and administrators can add videos to courses, submit video assignments, view lecture videos, see a playlist of campus events, access videos from the library and build a personal media library inside their Blackboard or Moodle course.  </p> <p>Since the companies first partnered in 2011, more than 200 educational institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia have signed up to use the Building Block.</p> <p>"We're excited to bring Kaltura's rich-media capabilities into both Blackboard learning platforms and more markets globally," said Ted Hopper, Vice President, Business Development at Blackboard. "This expansion exemplifies our combined and continued commitment to open source technologies – and to adding capabilities for our customers to create engaging content that is shareable and accessible."</p> <p>"Our Blackboard Learn and Moodle video solutions have become the market-standard in the US," said Ron Yekutiel, Chairman and CEO at Kaltura. "They are now growing at a staggering pace abroad as well. We are excited to expand our partnership with Blackboard to further enable next generation education around the globe."</p> <p>To learn more about the Blackboard-Kaltura partnership visit, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Partnerships/Featured-Partners/Kaltura.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Partnerships/Featured-Partners/Kaltura.aspx</a> </p> <p>Watch this video to see how Blackboard and Kaltura are improving learning results: <a href="http://site.kaltura.com/BlackboardVideo.html" target="_blank">http://site.kaltura.com/BlackboardVideo.html</a> </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Kaltura<br/></b>Kaltura provides the world's first Open Source Online Video Platform, transforming the way people work, learn, and entertain using online video. The Kaltura platform engages hundreds of millions of viewers by providing media companies advanced video management, publishing, and monetization tools that increase their reach and monetization and simplify their video operations. Kaltura improves productivity and interaction among millions of employees by providing enterprises powerful online video tools for boosting internal knowledge sharing, training, and collaboration, and for more effective marketing. Kaltura offers next generation learning for millions of students and teachers by providing educational institutions disruptive online video solutions for improved teaching, learning, and increased engagement across campuses and beyond.  Kaltura was recently recognized in Forbes as <i>'one of the six fastest growing tech companies'</i>, in VentureBeat as a <i>'Next Billion Dollar Enterprise Tech Company'</i>, in Business-Insider as <i>'one of top 5 startups revolutionizing education'</i> and <i>'one of 5 greatest open-source technologies for 2012'</i>, and in Mashable as<i> 'one of top 5 social enterprise technologies for business'.</i> </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; Kaltura</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:28:00 GMT Arizona State, Buffalo State, and U. of Illinois Springfield Select CourseSites for Open Education Initiatives <h2 class="detail_subheader">Institutions Find System's Functionality and Support Superior to Other Options</h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 1, 2012</p> <p><style type="text/css">/* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style></p> <p>WASHINGTON, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --&#160;Arizona State University (ASU), Buffalo State, a State University of New York campus and the University of Illinois Springfield will use <a target="_blank" href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html"><i>CourseSites</i></a><sup>TM</sup>, the free, fully hosted and supported cloud-based system&#160;for <span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">a variety of open education initiatives,</span> Blackboard Inc. announced today.</p> <p>Each of the institutions examined several online course platforms before choosing CourseSites <span style="line-height: 115%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-fareast-font-family: Calibri; mso-fareast-theme-font: minor-latin; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">for projects which include, at some institutions, open courses and massively open online courses, or “MOOCs.”</span>.</p> <p>ASU’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will pilot CourseSites in a “global classroom” in collaboration with Leuphana University in Germany. Project leads at ASU found several features of CourseSites to be attractive, including its support for blog feeds, mobile access and Web conferencing.</p> <p><font face="Times New Roman" size="3"> </font>"We looked at some of the bigger names in the&#160;space before choosing CourseSites," said Ruvi Wijesuriya, Director of Learning Technologies at ASU. "But you need to think in terms of support and functionality, and the ability of the platform to do what you need it to do. That's why we chose CourseSites."</p> <p>"CourseSites' integrated platform for the multiple delivery modes including discussion, blogs, wikis, synchronous discussions and more, coupled with the self-enrollment feature, takes many of the technical challenges out of delivering a MOOC, allowing us to focus on content and engagement," said Ray Schroeder, associate vice chancellor for online learning at the University of Illinois Springfield. The university will launch an open course on CourseSites in January titled "<a target="_blank" href="https://uis.coursesites.com/">Emancipation Proclamation:&#160;What Came Before, How It Worked, and What it Followed</a>." &#160;</p> <p>Buffalo State, which will run a six-part open access online course called "OER 101: Locating, Creating, Licensing and Utilizing OERs" using CourseSites later this year, was impressed by the platform's ability to support self-enrollment, peer review and the adaptive release of information in courses.</p> <p>"CourseSites' support staff have been so welcoming and really supportive," said Beth Burns, instructional designer at Buffalo State. "In a course with hundreds of participants, tech support is instrumental in making the experience a success. And tech support for CourseSites is outstanding."</p> <p>To date, 45,000 instructors from over 150 countries have leveraged CourseSites to support online courses. Launched in 2011, CourseSites is a free, cloud-based course option that leverages Blackboard's latest technology for course management, Web collaboration and mobile learning, and can be accessed in English, Spanish, Dutch, French, German, and Brazilian Portuguese.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br /> </b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in&#160;Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 13:03:45 GMT Blackboard Unveils Major Update for Flagship LMS <h2 class="detail_subheader">Release Continues Delivery of New Innovation to Core Teaching & Learning Products</h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 5, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p/> <p/> <p>WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. today unveiled a major new release for its flagship LMS <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup>, marking a significant milestone in the company's effort to bring new innovation to its core teaching and learning products. The release brings a fresh approach to the user interface, an emphasis on social learning and significantly improved value for institutions and educators working to improve student retention.</p> <p>Backed by a substantial amount of user testing and research, the release offers an enhanced approach to system usability that is consistent with the experience that teachers and learners have come to expect from current technology. </p> <p>One of the biggest changes, "My Blackboard," offers users a new, simpler way to access information that's most important to them with a centralized view of updates from all of the courses and organizations they participate in. Using the same feature, instructors can check activity across their courses and quickly engage students as needed. </p> <p>The release also lets users create profiles and, through an additional update planned for later this year, follow and message other users with similar interests, post to their profile pages, and make their profiles discoverable by people at other institutions using Blackboard Learn. A planned feature called "Spaces" would let students set up their own study and work group pages to collaborate at their own institution and others using Blackboard Learn, without requiring instructor or administrator approval.</p> <p>"We've taken inspiration from the social aspect of students' lives to create a more dynamic and collaborative learning experience," said Jessica Finnefrock, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Product Development for Blackboard Learn. "It's a new way of thinking about the LMS that's less course-centric, and more learner-centric. We've borrowed key elements from social networking but recreated them in a way that's easier to manage and more relevant to the academic environment."</p> <p><b>Focus on Student Retention, Instructor Workflow</b></p> <p>In addition to a new experience for students, the release also brings a set of new capabilities that ease workflows for educators and improve the ability for educators and institutions to leverage the LMS to support student retention efforts.</p> <p>At the institutional level, the release includes enterprise surveys that allow clients to collect feedback on courses, departments, institutions and external audiences, and gain greater visibility into performance by disaggregating data and analyzing outcomes by term or by year. Similar survey tools often can cost institutions tens of thousands extra per year and aren't as tightly integrated with the LMS. </p> <p>For instructors, the release brings enhanced communication through two-way text messaging from <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Connect</i></a><i> for Learn</i><sup>™</sup>, allowing them to interact more easily with students. The release also includes a completely redesigned content editor that makes it far easier to deploy rich content throughout the course environment, including wide use of video with a planned update to come later this year.</p> <p>The release also includes a new item analysis feature that helps instructors improve the validity and effectiveness of test questions, and a completely overhauled calendar, planned for release in December, marking a vast improvement over the current version with new capabilities and customization options.</p> <p>More than 640 institutions participated in the development of the release. More than 1,800 individuals participated in user research, including roughly 600 students and 600 educators, by providing feedback on how they behave and interact with learning technology.</p> <p>"My Blackboard is my favorite feature," said Mark Radcliffe, Director of Professional Development at blendedschools.net. "The first time I logged in as a teacher and saw that little red "1" in the top right hand corner of the screen, my interest was piqued. I found that without even making a click, Blackboard Learn had told me that one of my students had submitted something. Within two clicks I was grading that assessment. This same speed improvement affects students and is all achieved through a very contemporary look." </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboardlearn.com/new" target="_blank">http://www.blackboardlearn.com/new</a>. </p> <p/> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</p> <p> </p> <p/> <p/> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 12:01:01 GMT Over Seventy Schools Join Beta for Cloud-Based Learning Object Repository from Blackboard <h2 class="detail_subheader">System will be Industry's First to Support Multiple LMS Platforms</h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 5, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Nov. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Seventy two institutions have joined Blackboard in a beta program for xpLor<sup>™</sup>, a cloud-based learning object repository that will be the industry's first to support multiple learning management systems (LMS), <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. announced today. The beta is the largest ever offered by Blackboard, and includes the participation of institutions using <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup>, ANGEL, joule<sup>®</sup> from Moodlerooms and Sakai.</p> <p>By supporting multiple LMS systems, xpLor aims to make it easier for educators to manage and share rich content regardless of what system they are using or their institutional affiliation. xpLor would also make it easier for educators to collaborate in – or crowdsource – the development of course materials.</p> <p>"Just as learners need to collaborate to be successful, so do content authors and course builders," said Stacey Fontenot, Vice President of Product Marketing at Blackboard. "xpLor plans to let users create, share, and deliver content in an utterly new way, and to collaborate regardless of what learning platform is being used."</p> <p>Content in xpLor could include materials created by individual instructors or shared by institutions and foundations. Users would be able to create or import any type of content supported by the IMS Common Cartridge standard, including rich documents, discussion boards and assessments. Content could be tagged and rated, making it easy for users to find items that their peers found to be valuable. Using the IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) specification, grades could be synchronized with the LMS gradebook and activity is recorded when items are used in a course. </p> <p>xpLor also plans to offer content authors a variety of choices to apply rights and permissions, from All Rights Reserved to Creative Commons open sharing to enable crowdsourcing collaboration and remixing of content. </p> <p>The design team working on xpLor includes some of the most experienced developers in the LMS space who have deep expertise in building and improving commercial and open source systems. To support the delivery of content to different LMS systems, xpLor is being developed with an emphasis on open standards, especially IMS LTI and IMS Common Cartridge.</p> <p>Beta program participants include K-12, higher education and professional education institutions that will provide feedback on the system's design and functionality prior to its release. The beta program is expected to run through December.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 05 Nov 2012 12:01:01 GMT Buckinghamshire New University Expands Partnership with Blackboard for Online and Mobile Learning <h2 class="detail_subheader">Five-Year Deal Helps U.K. University Meet Changing Student Needs </h2> <p class="release_data">Nov 1, 2012</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> Normal 0 false false false EN-GB X-NONE X-NONE </xml><![endif]--><span>AMSTERDAM – November 1, 2012 – As part of a plan to create a comprehensive online platform for its students, Buckinghamshire New University is expanding its use of Blackboard as a strategic partner in online learning. </span></p> <p><span>The selection of Blackboard as a strategic partner followed an evaluation of commercial and open source learning management systems (LMS), and Bucks New University determined that an extended partnership with Blackboard for the next five years would best enable it to meet the needs of its changing student demographic. By developing a single online environment for students to access services and learning resources, the University will grow participation among students, many of whom have full and part-time jobs and need a convenient way to access course materials. </span></p> <p><span>Bucks New University is moving its LMS to the latest version of </span><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx"><i><span>Blackboard Learn</span></i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i><span>, and expanding its partnership with Blackboard to include web conferencing with </span><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx"><i><span>Blackboard Collaborate</span></i></a><sup>™</sup> and mobile learning with <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx"><i><span>Blackboard Mobile</span></i></a><sup>™</sup> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx">Learn</a>. </p> <p><span>“We want to use Blackboard as a hub for all our University systems,” said Steve Hoole, Systems Developer at Bucks New University. “We were impressed with Blackboard’s product roadmap and felt that it dovetailed nicely with our own vision for social collaboration.” </span></p> <p><span>By leveraging Blackboard’s technology and services, Bucks New University will establish a more dynamic interactive social learning experience. </span><span>University officials anticipate cost savings with the adoption of web conferencing, which it plans to use in an administrative capacity for everything from admissions to human resources and IT support, as well as for academics with virtual office hours, and recording lectures and seminars.</span></p> <p><span>In order to free up physical resources and increase speed, uptime and reliability of its LMS, Bucks New University will move to </span><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Services/Managed-Hosting.aspx">Blackboard’s Managed Hosting</a><span> service. Shifting the burden of hosting an LMS to Blackboard will allow University staff to focus on embedding excellent pedagogy within its courses.</span></p> <p><span>“A broadened partnership with Blackboard will help us communicate more effectively, empower our users and ultimately provide a world-class student experience,” continued Steve. “We look forward to many years of what I’m sure will be a rewarding partnership.”</span></p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com">http://www.blackboard.com</a> and follow <a href="https://twitter.com/Blackboard">@Blackboard</a> on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard</b><br /> <span>Blackboard is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard’s solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in&#160;Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</span></p> <p><b>Buckinghamshire New University</b><span>&#160;has enjoyed a long and successful history since it was founded in 1893. The University now offers an extensive portfolio of courses spanning the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector. It also offers services to industry including contract research, consultancy and the opportunity to employ graduates.The University has completed a major campus re-development programme, which saw the opening of a new state-of-the-art building in High Wycombe known as the Gateway and comprising a learning resource and technology centre, events hall, gym, sports science laboratory, dance, drama, music and video production studios, library and meeting rooms; new student accommodation in High Wycombe; and a new base for nursing students and applied healthcare research in Uxbridge, West London.</span></p> <p>Website:&#160;<a target="_blank" href="https://exchange.bcuc.ac.uk/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://bucks.ac.uk/">bucks.ac.uk</a></p> <p><b><span>For press information, interviews and images, please call Sally Skea at Buckinghamshire New University on 01494 605253 or email</span></b> <a href="mailto:sally.skea@bucks.ac.uk"><b>sally.skea@bucks.ac.uk</b></a></p> <p><i><span>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future,</span></i> <i><span>the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</span></i></p> <p><span style="Times New Roman&quot;,&quot;serif&quot;">&#160;</span></p> <p></p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> </xml><![endif]--><!--[if gte mso 10]> <style> /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-style-parent:""; line-height:115%; font-size:11.0pt;"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-bidi-"Times New Roman";} </style> <![endif]--></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 14:50:01 GMT Parker University Selects Blackboard Learn to Replace Current LMS <h2 class="detail_subheader">Competitive Evaluation Finds Blackboard Best Fit for Growing Institution</h2> <p class="release_data">Oct 30, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Parker University has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn<sup>™</sup></i><sup> </sup></a> to replace its current learning management system (LMS) following a three-month evaluation of four commercial and open source platforms, Blackboard Inc. announced today. The selection was driven by the university's need to have an LMS that could support its ongoing growth in programs and students. </p> <p>In the evaluation, a committee composed of faculty and administrators rated Blackboard Learn among the highest options for teaching and learning, with the latest version's end-user functionality and the availability of training resources being two of the determining factors. </p> <p>"Transitioning our LMS to Blackboard Learn was a strategic decision," said Dr. Gery Hochanadel, provost at Parker University. "We realized it was the best fit for us and that it could meet the changing needs of our institution. We needed an LMS with the depth of functionality to support our university's rapid growth." </p> <p>Recognizing the soaring job outlook in healthcare, the long-time chiropractic college recently expanded its academic offerings to complement the chiropractic degree. Parker added an associate's degree in radiologic technology, a bachelor's degree in health information management and an MBA in healthcare management. Along with adding new programs, Parker University is expanding online course offerings as a means to increase enrollment without straining physical space resources. </p> <p>Blackboard's ability to host the LMS was cited as another important factor in the evaluation process—Parker University will move to the Blackboard Managed Hosting<sup>SM</sup> service in order to free up resources and ensure around the clock monitoring of system uptime. With the burden of hosting an LMS shifted to Blackboard, university staff can focus solely on creating excellent courses on the Blackboard Learn platform. </p> <p>Parker University will start new online programs on the Blackboard Learn platform in January and will move existing traditional and blended courses to the platform next summer. The LMS will also be used to provide supplemental material for continuing education courses. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:01:01 GMT Tulane Chooses Blackboard Learn Over Competing LMS Options <h2 class="detail_subheader">Evaluation Finds that Blackboard Offers Best Value and Highest Quality for Faculty and Students</h2> <p class="release_data">Oct 29, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Oct. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- After conducting a thorough review of four <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx" target="_blank">learning management systems</a> (LMS), <a href="http://tulane.edu/" target="_blank">Tulane University</a> chose <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><sup>™</sup> as its platform for online learning. Officials at Tulane noted Blackboard's strategic direction and ability to dedicate significant resources to innovation and product development as key reasons for the decision.</p> <p>The evaluation included pilots of four major LMS vendors in which students and faculty participated and provided feedback. While they found the features and functionality of the solutions to be comparable, officials at the university believe Blackboard Learn is the best fit based on the company's strong track-record of innovation and approach to product development. </p> <p>"We have seen Blackboard pivot beautifully in the last few years – with a refocus on core foundations and what can make a difference for students and faculty. Institutions can tell Blackboard where they want to go and Blackboard can help take them there," said James Bradley, Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Academic Computing. "We took a deep dive into other solutions and found Blackboard had the experience in the market, established track-record and ability to provide long-term value and service."</p> <p>Officials at Tulane – a top private research university in New Orleans – believe the LMS is the most critical application on campus and focused on choosing the right vendor to support them into the future. The university relies heavily on the LMS to maintain business as usual and ensure teaching and learning continues – even during weather events, like hurricanes or other disasters. Leveraging Blackboard's platform and hosting services, Tulane was able to offer 11 courses during their "mini-fall semester" in 2005, following Hurricane Katrina.</p> <p>"There's value going with the number one player in the market – Blackboard has the resources to back continued development and innovation in their products over the long-term," said Bradley. "We have a lot of faith and confidence in Blackboard as a partner and have no doubt they will continue to release great products by listening to customers, understanding their needs and incorporating them into future products." </p> <p>More than 2,000 institutions have adopted the latest version of the Blackboard Learn platform to take advantage of its improved stability and digital content integrations, social learning tools to drive student engagement and greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p/> <p/> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:01:07 GMT Chowan University Selects Blackboard for Contactless Card System <h2 class="detail_subheader">NFC Technology Enhances Convenience and Safety for Students & Faculty</h2> <p class="release_data">Oct 24, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.chowan.edu/" target="_blank">Chowan University</a> has selected and implemented <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Transact</i></a><sup>™ </sup>for its campus-wide, one-card system after a full evaluation of major providers, Blackboard Inc. announced today. The new system leverages a contactless Near Field Communication (NFC) student identification card that provides both commerce and door access management across campus. </p> <p>The Hawks Card provides students with a convenient, cashless way to make purchases, including dining hall meals, books and supplies, and laundry services. The card also operates electronic door controls to campus buildings, creating centralized building management for college officials. The university plans to integrate all card features onto mobile devices. </p> <p>One of the key aspects of Chowan's evaluation process was Blackboard's strategic commitment to the higher education market. Ensuring the capabilities of the one-card system are in direct alignment with student needs and campus lifestyle, the company's ongoing investment in the product is based on feedback from hundreds of campuses across the U.S. This allows clients, like Chowan, to provide a scalable system that keeps pace with rapidly changing student expectations. </p> <p>"We wanted to get aggressive in providing our community with an enterprise-wide card system that not only enhanced campus security, but also provided convenience when navigating the college," said Brandon Zoch, Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs at Chowan University. "By partnering with Blackboard, we were able to prepare our campus for growth with a technology that not only meets the expectations of today's student, but also sets us up to grow alongside industry innovations."</p> <p>Blackboard was the first company to offer a comprehensive NFC-compatible card solution specifically designed for education institutions, introducing their award-winning NFC hardware in 2010. Since then, Blackboard clients have issued hundreds of thousands of NFC-enabled credentials, transforming the student experience on and off campus. </p> <p>"Utilizing an electronic credential as the center of a student's interaction across campus directly supports the strategic goals of an institution," said David Marr, president of Blackboard Transact. "Contactless technology, including ultimately mobile devices as 'virtual' student IDs, is an innovative way to not only enhance a student's on-campus experience, but also establish a base from which universities can keep pace with a rapidly changing industry. We are excited to partner with Chowan University, as their vision for a 21<sup>st</sup> century campus experience aligns very well with that of Blackboard Transact."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Transact please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/overview.aspx</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 14:31:01 GMT Half of High Schoolers Own a Smartphone or Tablet <h2 class="detail_subheader">Rapid Adoption Leads to Greater Endorsement from Parents and Principals</h2> <p class="release_data">Oct 22, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <i> </i> <p>WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- According to a <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/resources/markets/k-12/collateral/project-tomorrow/K12_Prjct-Tmrw_Mbl-Rpt_2012.pdf" target="_blank">mobile learning report</a><b> </b>released today from <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. and <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/" target="_blank">Project Tomorrow</a><b><sup>®</sup></b>, nearly 50 percent of high schoolers and 40 percent of middle schoolers now own or have access to a smartphone or tablet, marking a 400 percent increase since 2007. The report, which compares key opportunities and challenges in mobile device usage among K-12 students, finds that with this widespread adoption, more schools and school districts are considering the incorporation of mobile devices into instruction. </p> <p>While school and district administrators historically have been reluctant to allow students to use mobile devices at school, the report found that 27 percent of administrators are now exploring the idea. Parental approval of smartphone usage is also increasing with 62 percent of parents saying they would buy their child a mobile device if it would be used for academic purposes.  </p> <p>"Many parents, teachers and administrators are now mobile device users themselves, which has increased their appreciation and understanding for how these devices can support and enhance learning," said <a href="http://www.educause.edu/Community/MemDir/Profiles/JulieEvans/58787" target="_blank">Julie Evans</a>, chief executive officer of <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/index.html" target="_blank">Project Tomorrow</a>. "We found nearly 90 percent of parents say that the effective implementation of technology in instruction will positively impact their child's future. This growing understanding has allowed for an increase in the development of personalized education and a more sophisticated use of technology both in and outside of the classroom."</p> <p>"The prospect of a wireless device in every student's hand with real time assessment and feedback presents the potential for a sweeping paradigm shift to learner-centered education," said a California school district CTO/CIO who participated in the survey. </p> <p>The findings are included in <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/resources/markets/k-12/collateral/project-tomorrow/K12_Prjct-Tmrw_Mbl-Rpt_2012.pdf" target="_blank"><i>Learning in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century: Mobile Devices + Social Media = Personalized Learning</i></a>, which tracks the interest and growth in emerging technologies. This special report on mobile learning examines the <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/SU11_PersonalizedClassroom_EducatorsReport.html" target="_blank">Speak Up 2011 national findings</a> to present a perspective on the role of mobile devices within K-12 education.</p> <p>While administrators' interest is growing in the usage of mobile devices in school, they still struggle with key concerns. The report found that nearly half of principals identify teachers who are not trained in how to use mobile devices for instruction as the number one barrier. Seventy-five percent of teachers cited student distraction as their top concern of mobile use in the classroom.  </p> <p>"A key tenet of personalized learning is the ability for students to choose the tools that best support their learning tasks," said Brett Frazier, senior vice president at <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/markets/k-12/overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard</a>. "<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZ5Vy9BgSeY" target="_blank">Young people that have grown up with smartphones</a> not only understand the value mobile devices can add to the learning environment, but also have a rapidly growing interest in incorporating the technologies."</p> <p><i>Learning in the 21<sup>st</sup> Century: Mobile Devices + Social Media = Personalized Learning </i>was released at the iNACOL's Virtual School Symposium in New Orleans. </p> <p>Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BlackboardK12" target="_blank">@BlackboardK12</a> on Twitter for updates. For more information about Blackboard, please click <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/K12" target="_blank">here</a>.   </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Project Tomorrow and Speak Up 2011<br/></b>Project Tomorrow® is the nation's leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of student voices in education. With 16 years of experience in the K-12 education sector, Project Tomorrow regularly provides consulting and research support about key trends in K-12 science, math and technology education to school districts, government agencies, business and higher education.</p> <p>The Speak Up National Research Project is a national initiative of Project Tomorrow. Speak Up annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning. Since 2003, over 2.6 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up. K-12 educators, higher education faculty, business and policy leaders report that they regularly use the Speak Up data to inform federal, state and local education programs.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 14:31:00 GMT Maryland State Department of Education Selects Blackboard Learn to Replace Existing LMS <h2 class="detail_subheader">Effort Establishes New Statewide Platform for Online Courses & Professional Development</h2> <p class="release_data">Oct 22, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Oct. 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The <a href="http://www.marylandpublicschools.org/msde/" target="_blank">Maryland State Department of Education</a> (MSDE), one of the highest ranking public school systems in the country, has picked the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i> platform to replace its current learning management system (LMS) and deliver all state-offered online courses as well as professional development for the state's 60,000 teachers.</p> <p>All courses available through the <a href="http://mdk12online.org/" target="_blank">Maryland Virtual Learning Opportunities</a> program, a service provided by MSDE that offers online courses for high school credit, will run on Blackboard Learn. MSDE will also offer local educational agencies and districts the opportunity to leverage the environment for blended learning and instructional delivery. </p> <p>MSDE officials selected Blackboard Learn following a competitive evaluation, finding the system's advanced features ideal to help increase student engagement, collaboration and learning outcomes. The company was also able to offer state officials extended technical support and seamless migration of all legacy courses. This partnership marks the latest in a series of statewide partnerships for Blackboard.</p> <p>"States are increasingly looking for a common learning platform that will increase user fluency, collaboration across multiple districts, and operational efficiencies," said Brett Frazier, senior vice president of Blackboard K-12. "The Maryland State Department of Education is doing an extraordinary job of expanding learning opportunities for both students and educators. We are excited to help them deliver consistent, high quality, web-based courses and instructional support." </p> <p>Blackboard has partnered with <a href="http://gosignmeup.com/" target="_blank">GoSignMeUp</a>, the leading provider of online class registration and professional development software, to offer MSDE enhanced classroom management and ecommerce tools. The fully integrated software will give Maryland teachers access to various course management functions, such as enrollment statistics, course editing, reports, and transcripts. </p> <p>Over 2,000 institutions and districts have adopted Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1 to take advantage of the platform's improved stability, social learning tools, digital content integrations and greater workflow efficiencies for teachers and administrators. </p> <p>To learn more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/learn/overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/learn/overview.aspx</a> </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 11:31:02 GMT Blackboard Expands Presence in Latin America <h2 class="detail_subheader">Local Partnership Will Help Drive Use of Education Technology and Services</h2> <p class="release_data">Sep 28, 2012</p> <div style="text-align: left; font-size: 12px; color: black;" id="rpuCopySelection"> <p itemprop="articleBody"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">WASHINGTON</span></span></span>, <span class="xn-chron">Sept. 28, 2012</span> /PRNewswire/ --&#160;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/">Blackboard Inc.</a> has expanded its presence in <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Latin America</span></span></span> through a strategic local partnership, the company announced today. The partnership with <a target="_blank" href="http://www.quanam.com/home/index.php">Quanam,</a> an international consulting services firm, will enable the company to help higher education institutions, government agencies and corporations in <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Chile</span></span></span>, <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Peru</span></span></span>, <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Uruguay</span></span></span>, <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Bolivia</span></span></span> and <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Paraguay</span></span></span> support online teaching and learning, drive technology-enabled services, and increase enrollment and student retention.</p> <p itemprop="articleBody">With local offices in <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Santiago</span></span></span>, <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Lima</span></span></span> and <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Montevideo</span></span></span>, Quanam will work with Blackboard to provide greater access to the company's <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx">online learning,</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx">mobile learning,</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx">Web collaboration,</a> <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx">mass notification</a> and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Overview.aspx">learning analytics</a> products throughout the region.</p> <p itemprop="articleBody">Blackboard products are currently being used in hundreds of higher education and government organizations throughout <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Latin America</span></span></span> for online learning, mobile learning and Web collaboration. This partnership will expand the offered products and services in the region, giving institutions access to a wider range of advanced options to engage students.</p> <p itemprop="articleBody">"<span itemtype="http://schema.org/Place" itemscope="" itemprop="contentLocation" class="xn-location"><span itemtype="http://schema.org/address" itemscope="" itemprop="geo"><span itemprop="addressLocality">Latin America</span></span></span> has seen a growing demand for learning technologies, particularly with changing student preferences and evolving accreditation processes," said <span itemtype="http://schema.org/Person" itemscope="" class="xn-person"> <span itemprop="name">Michael Chasen </span></span>, president, CEO and co-founder of Blackboard. "Working with Quanam will allow us to help more institutions meet their needs with the best in education technology and services."</p> <p itemprop="articleBody">For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/">http://www.blackboard.com/</a>.</p> <p itemprop="articleBody"><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br /> </b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in&#160;Washington, D.C., with offices in&#160;North America,&#160;Europe,&#160;Asia&#160;and&#160;Australia.</p> <p itemprop="articleBody"><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i>&#160;</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> </div> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 17:38:59 GMT Blackboard Announces CEO Transition <h2 class="detail_subheader">Michael Chasen Steps Down as Blackboard CEO</h2> <h2 class="detail_subheader">Jay Bhatt, CEO of Progress Software, Tapped to Lead Company</h2> <p class="release_data">Oct 15, 2012</p> <style> /* Style Definitions */ span.prnews_span { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } a.prnews_a { color:blue; } li.prnews_li { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } p.prnews_p { font-size:8pt; font-family:"Arial"; color:black; } </style> <p>WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael L. Chasen has announced that he will step down as President, CEO and Director of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> at the end of the year. Chasen will be replaced by Jay Bhatt, currently President and CEO of Progress Software.   </p> <p>Chasen co-founded Blackboard in 1997 and oversaw the company's rapid growth from just a handful of employees and a few clients to a workforce of over 3,000 that now serves tens of thousands of clients worldwide. Chasen also oversaw the successful completion of more than 20 acquisitions and the company's transition back to private ownership in 2011 after its acquisition by Providence Equity Partners for $1.7 billion. In the last year Chasen has led a number of strategic initiatives including the merger with Edline, a leading provider of complementary K-12 technology solutions, and the launch of a new focus on open source supported by the acquisitions of Moodlerooms and NetSpot.</p> <p>"I've had an incredible experience at Blackboard, and I'm extremely proud of the work we've done to support education," said Chasen. "We've been focused on expanding the vision for how Blackboard can support clients and positioning the company for growth, including a concentrated effort to build the company's internal infrastructure in the last year. With that vision now coming into focus and our infrastructure in place, now is a good time to bring onboard a new CEO to help the company take the next steps to capitalize on the global education opportunity." </p> <p>"Michael has done a wonderful job in creating and growing Blackboard, and the leadership position he created for Blackboard was the primary reason Providence Equity Partners was attracted to the company and acquired it last year," said Steve Alesio, Chairman of Blackboard's Board of Directors. "We are fortunate to have Jay, with his exceptional experience in the software industry and track record of innovation and leadership, join us to lead Blackboard into its next chapter of growth. He shares Blackboard's commitment to excellence, and we are excited to work with him to continue to innovate and provide top quality software and solutions to the rapidly evolving education space."</p> <p>Bhatt recently announced that he would step down in December as President, CEO and Director of Progress Software, a publicly traded global software company. Before joining Progress, Bhatt served as Senior Vice President of Autodesk Inc., where he ran the global Architecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions Business, and prior to that he was responsible for Autodesk's Corporate Development, Business Development and Strategic Planning. Bhatt joined Autodesk in 2001 when it acquired Buzzsaw.com, a cloud-based software company where Bhatt served as Chief Financial Officer and head of Corporate and Business Development<b>.  </b></p> <p>"I'm honored to join such a talented company and to lead the next phase of Blackboard's growth," said Bhatt. "Blackboard has an excellent team and a committed global customer base.  Education is a passion of mine, and there is a tremendous opportunity for technology to continue to improve and extend education globally. I'm excited to help Blackboard expand its support of institutions and organizations that are pursuing this important mission."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 10:16:01 GMT Over 1,800 Institutions Move to Advanced Blackboard Connect 5 Mass Notification Platform <h2 class="detail_subheader">New Features Also Added to Latest Release, Now Used by Nearly One-Third of Blackboard's Notification Clients</h2> <p class="release_data">Sep 5, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- One year after its release, more than 1,800 education, government and business organizations – almost one-third of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.'s</a> mass notification clients – have upgraded to the advanced Blackboard Connect 5 platform, the company announced today. Together, Blackboard Connect clients engage more than 28 million people around the world, with the Connect 5 platform reaching nearly 10 million members of that population.</p> <p>Blackboard also released a number of new product updates and integrations for the platform, further demonstrating the company's commitment to innovations that increase community engagement and safety.  </p> <p>Blackboard Connect is a multi-modal notification system that officials use to quickly send important messages to an entire population or targeted groups of people through voice, email and text (SMS) messages, as well as posts to Facebook and Twitter. The new product updates announced today include: </p> <ul type="disc"> <li>Enhanced geo-targeting capabilities and weather templates for automated weather alerts recorded in a human voice to keep communities aware of the most up to date, relevant conditions. </li></ul> <ul type="disc"> <li>Streamlined, single sign-on access for all Blackboard Connect and Blackboard Engage (formerly Edline) users that allow for faster message distribution and automated contact database integration between the two platforms. </li></ul> <ul type="disc"> <li>Single sign-on for enterprise authentication in the Blackboard Connect user environment using Security Assessment Markup Language (SAML), as well as recipient authentication for the Connect Access Portal, for increased security. </li></ul> <ul type="disc"> <li>New data integration tools that save time and resources, including a client-side data uploader program that streamlines data integration and puts more control in the hands of users, and SFTP support for automated, routine notifications like attendance messages. </li></ul> <ul type="disc"> <li>Direct message delivery to Internet Protocol (IP) endpoints, including VoIP phones, desktop alert software and digital signage, to quickly reach communities when it matters most. The first in a series of modalities is voice and text alerts to Cisco IP phone installations for institutions that use Singlewire as a system integrator.</li></ul> <p>"The rapid adoption of Blackboard Connect 5 speaks to the platform's innovative, reliable and easy-to-use technology for effective emergency notification and community outreach," said Ed Miller, president of Blackboard Connect. "We've streamlined the data integration, message creation and delivery process so that communities receive more relevant, targeted information faster than ever before. The result is communities that are more informed, engaged and secure at all times." </p> <p>Additional Blackboard Connect enhancements include new reports, a dedicated shortcode for non-emergency text messages and new internationalization enhancements, including dedicated shortcodes for Canada and Mexico, as well as interface support for right-to-left alphabets like Arabic and Hebrew.</p> <p>Blackboard Connect delivered more than one billion messages in 2011, and has achieved significant levels of reliability over the past three years, with 99.99 percent uptime. The company also scores high with client service, with 95 percent customer satisfaction or higher in third party surveys over the same period.</p> <p>For more information about the Blackboard Connect platform, visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/connect5" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/connect5</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 05 Sep 2012 08:01:37 GMT Ivy Tech Community College Partners with Blackboard to Create Virtual Student Success Center <h2 class="detail_subheader">Blackboard Student Services Will Help College Deliver the Highest Levels of Customer Service and a Seamless Student Experience</h2> <p class="release_data">Aug 29, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.ivytech.edu/" target="_blank">Ivy Tech</a> Community College, Indiana's largest public postsecondary institution and the nation's largest singly accredited statewide community college system, is partnering with <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> to provide technology-enabled solutions and virtualized support for its enrollment management efforts. This virtual "Student Success Center" will help improve the customer service experience for Ivy Tech's students and assist the college in its efforts to enroll, retain and graduate more students.</p> <p>The effort is part of a larger strategic plan at Ivy Tech called "Accelerating Greatness," which aims to improve the experience of nearly 200,000 students it serves annually. Blackboard Student Services will assist in the management of inbound communications from students to support the entire student lifecycle, including enrollment and financial aid, admissions, registration, student accounts, and learning support. </p> <p>"We have seen substantial growth in enrollments over the past few years and recognized how critical it was to focus on maintaining the highest levels of satisfaction with the services we deliver to students," said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder. "Engaging Blackboard Student Services enables us to make improvements that deliver an immediate, engaging and personalized services experience to our students through a virtual center, while allowing our current staff to work more closely with students on campus."</p> <p>By applying technology and automation to build strong relationships with prospective students, Blackboard will help Ivy Tech inform, engage and direct them through the enrollment process – and keep them retained following matriculation. Blackboard Student Services will also provide a self-service portal to give Ivy Tech students on-demand access to key admissions, financial aid and student account information and other support services.</p> <p>"With new technology, operational improvements, and caring staff armed with expertise that reflects the goals of Ivy Tech, we aim to drive increased graduation rates, retention and overall student success," said Craig Chanoff, general manager for Blackboard Student Services. "We're excited to help Ivy Tech realize its vision of 'Changing Lives' and 'Making Indiana Great' by providing the highest levels of student engagement and support from admissions and enrollment through graduation."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Student Services, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/studentservices" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/studentservices</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Ivy Tech Community College<br/></b>Ivy Tech Community College is the state's largest public post-secondary institution and the nation's largest singly-accredited statewide community college system with more than 200,000 students enrolled annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state's engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACT</u>:  <br/>Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br/>(202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com" target="_blank">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 08:01:08 GMT Moodlerooms Announces Plans for Digital Content Integrations for joule <p class="release_data">Aug 2, 2012</p> <p>BALTIMORE, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/" target="_blank">Moodlerooms</a> today announced plans to develop digital content integrations with leading education publishers to support clients using the enterprise <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/lms-solutions/joule/" target="_blank">joule</a>® platform. The planned integrations – expected to be available in the coming months – would give students and instructors direct access to rich publisher content and tools directly within the learning management system (LMS).</p> <p>The integrations will create a more seamless experience for users by enabling deep linking of content, single sign-on with publisher Web sites, automatic grade exchange, multiple tool links and more. With the integrations, students and faculty would have a much simpler, quicker workflow and a much more dynamic course experience in joule.  </p> <p>The new integrations for the Moodle-based joule platform will be developed in partnership with McGraw-Hill Higher Education, Wiley and Cengage Learning.</p> <p>"We want integrations that change expectations for the user experience," said Tom Murdock, Vice President at Moodlerooms. "We're excited to work with our new partners to bring new value to the institutions we serve."</p> <p><b>About Moodlerooms<br/></b>Moodlerooms provides educators and learners across the globe with adaptable, reliable and affordable e-learning. With turnkey software-as-a-service solutions for Moodle, Moodlerooms' customers receive the benefits of the most widely-used learning management system in the world with the comfort and assurance that come from enterprise-level enhancements, services, and value-added support. With an unwavering commitment to creating a more effective and engaging education community, Moodlerooms is the CHANGE you want e-learning to be. For more information on Moodlerooms, please visit <a href="http://www.moodlerooms.com/news/news__node/119/www.moodlerooms.com" target="_blank"><b>www.moodlerooms.com</b></a>.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects represent our views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so.</i> <i>Statements regarding our product development initiatives, including new products and future product upgrades, updates or enhancements represent our current intentions, but may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Moodlerooms</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 11:31:03 GMT Saudi Electronic University Adopts Blackboard eLearning Solutions <h2 class="detail_subheader">Strategic Decision to Expand Distance Teaching and Learning</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 26, 2012</p> <p>RIYADH – July 26, 2012 – <a href="http://seu.edu.sa/en/">Saudi Electronic University</a> (SeU), the first government e-university in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has selected Blackboard as a strategic partner to support their eLearning requirements. The announcement was made today by Blackboard Inc., a global leader in education technology, and its local partner, BME Holding S.A.L. (BME).</p> <p>Following a formal and extensive evaluation process, which included functional assessment and review of vendors, SeU concluded that <i>Blackboard Learn</i>™, Blackboard’s flagship <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx">learning management system</a> (LMS), is the most flexible and effective learning platform to meet their needs.</p> <p>SeU found Blackboard solutions to offer advanced functionality and significantly enhanced collaborative learning opportunities compared to competing vendors. Executives at SeU determined that Blackboard solutions would be easier to implement and manage than the alternatives based on the company’s strong and proven product support and well-organized, global user community.</p> <p>The Ministry of Higher Education (MOHE) in Saudi Arabia recognizes that distance learning is critical to the future success of Saudi education expansion and quality. With the creation of SeU, the MOHE will work with the existing Saudi universities to centralize distance learning study programs into a single organization. SeU has a target to enroll 6,000 students for its initial launch phase.</p> <p>SeU officials found <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn.aspx/">Blackboard Learn</a> to be the best suited LMS to support the institution’s long-term goals and support a diverse set of learners. By leveraging the online learning platform and Blackboard’s mobile and Web conferencing solutions, SeU will be able to provide a broad range of fully online, blended and traditional course offerings for students challenged by geography or who need flexibility around study hours.</p> <p>The university will leverage the<i> <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx">Blackboard Mobile</a></i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx">™ </a><i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx">Learn</a> </i>solution to give students and faculty access to their course experience on mobile devices. <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx">Blackboard Collaborate</a></i>™, the online Web conferencing and collaboration platform will give students and faculty more opportunities to interact virtually, and the <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx">Blackboard Connect</a></i>™ platform will increase the effectiveness for alert notifications and community outreach.</p> <p>Consultants from Blackboard joined leaders from SeU for a five-day, on-site workshop to review the short-term implementation plan of Blackboard solutions, align efforts with the university’s Strategic Plan and coordinate timing to make the solutions available to students in early September.</p> <p>The university is planning to start receiving applications for admission on the sixth of Ramadan month in the below three colleges: <br /> • College of Business Administration and Finance <br /> • Faculty of Computing and Informatics <br /> • Faculty of Health Sciences</p> <p>More than 2,000 institutions have adopted the latest version of Blackboard Learn platform to take advantage of its improved stability and digital content advancements, social learning tools to drive student engagement and greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/International/EMEA/Overview.aspx">http://www.blackboard.com/International/EMEA/Overview.aspx</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br /> </b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> Thu, 26 Jul 2012 10:46:01 GMT Blackboard Integrates NCATE Teacher Preparation Standards with Blackboard Learn <h2 class="detail_subheader">Blackboard Learn Is First and Only LMS to Include the Standards</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 24, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, July 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --&#160;Blackboard Inc. and the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncate.org/">National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education</a> (NCATE), the nation's leading accrediting organization for teacher education providers, today announced that the organizations have made NCATE's standards for teacher preparation available directly in <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx"><i>Blackboard Learn<sup>™</sup></i></a>, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS). The integration, available now, makes Blackboard Learn the first and only major LMS to incorporate the standards.</p> <p>Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education as the accrediting body for schools, colleges and departments of education, NCATE sets rigorous national standards for preparing teachers and other school professionals for the classroom.</p> <p>With the integration, Blackboard is making it easier for instructors in teacher preparation programs to link their courses and content to the skills and knowledge included in the NCATE standards. The integration also lets program administrators more efficiently create and measure curriculum alignment to standards, streamlining the process of achieving and maintaining accreditation which can typically be very lengthy and labor-intensive.</p> <p>"We are delighted to work with Blackboard to help our members readily access and measure standards directly within their online learning environment," said James G. Cibulka, president of the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. "Through this partnership, the standards measurement process is made easier so they may focus on meeting standards and helping students succeed."</p> <p>NCATE currently accredits over 750 colleges of education with many more seeking NCATE accreditation. The effort is part of Blackboard's continued focus on enhancing the capabilities of its learning platform to help its clients and users drive educational effectiveness and outcomes.</p> <p>"NCATE's vision for teacher preparation is critical to the work happening in teacher preparation programs," said Jessica Finnefrock, senior vice president of product development and product strategy for Blackboard Learn. "We're excited to work with NCATE to leverage our platform to help institutions build and measure programs in line with the high standards set by NCATE."</p> <p>The NCATE standards integration is available to institutions using Blackboard Learn 9.1 Service Pack 8 and higher. System administrators can download and install the data file from the client support site <a target="_blank" href="http://behind.blackboard.com/">Behind the Blackboard</a> to add instant access for instructors and administrators.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a>. For more information about NCATE, please visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncate.org/">www.ncate.org</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br /> </b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in&#160;Washington, D.C., with offices in&#160;North America,&#160;Europe,&#160;Asia&#160;and&#160;Australia.</p> <p><b>About NCATE<br /> </b>The <a target="_blank" href="http://www.ncate.org/">National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education</a> (NCATE) was founded in 1954 to accredit teacher certification programs at U.S. colleges and universities. NCATE is a council of educators created to ensure and raise the quality of preparation for their profession. NCATE is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an accrediting institution.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p></p> <p></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education</p> Tue, 24 Jul 2012 15:50:27 GMT Blackboard Introduces User Purchase Option for Mobile Learning App <h2 class="detail_subheader">App Will Be Available for Introductory Price of $1.99 Per Year* on iOS and Android</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 11, 2012</p> <p>NEW ORLEANS, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced an option to let students and faculty directly purchase its mobile learning application, adding a new way for users to get access to the apps without requiring an investment by their institution.</p> <p>Beginning in September, users worldwide will be able to download <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile™ Learn</i></a> from the <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-mobile-learn/id376413870?mt=8" target="_blank">App Store</a> and on <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackboard.android&hl=en" target="_blank">Google Play</a>, search for their school, and get access to their courses and organizations for an introductory price of $1.99 per year or a one-time fee of $5.99*. The apps, built natively for each platform, will be available on all iOS® and Android® devices, on all mobile carriers.   </p> <p>Blackboard will also continue to offer an institutional license for Blackboard Mobile Learn that lets institutions subsidize access for all students and faculty on all of their devices, and to extend access to BlackBerry® and webOS® devices for which in-app purchases are not currently common. The institutional license version also enables institutions to integrate Blackboard Mobile Learn with <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Central/Features.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile™ Central</i></a>, the company's popular campus life and services application.</p> <p>"We've seen a tremendous take-up of Blackboard Mobile Learn," said Kayvon Beykpour, General Manager of Blackboard Mobile. "But we wanted to implement a model that gave users the choice to use the application even if their school hasn't subsidized it. We hope that providing users this new option will help more students and institutions expand access to mobile learning."</p> <p>The announcement was made at <i>BbWorld</i>®, an annual event hosted by Blackboard being held this week in New Orleans.</p> <p>Blackboard's mobile learning apps have been downloaded on over 3 million devices and accessed more than 60 million times. Nearly 1,300 institutions worldwide have enabled the apps since Blackboard first introduced them in 2010. </p> <p>In May, Blackboard added new features including mobile tests and push notifications, continuing the company's focus on elegant, intuitive design leveraging the unique features of different mobile devices to provide the best user experience. In addition to the new features, the apps allow students to create, upload and access documents and multimedia; submit assignments; read and comment on blogs and journals; create discussion posts; view grades, read announcements, and more.</p> <p>To support the new user purchase option, institutions can download a free Blackboard Building Block. Higher education institutions in North America currently leveraging the no cost option will be transitioned to the subscription option when it becomes available in September with no action required.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Mobile Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/mobilelearn" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/mobilelearn</a>.   </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>*Plus any applicable taxes.</p> <p>iOS is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.</p> <p>Android is a registered trademark of Google Inc.</p> <p>Blackberry is a registered trademark of Research in Motion Limited.</p> <p>webOS is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 12:33:02 GMT Blackboard and Ingram Announce Plans to Integrate VitalSource Bookshelf and Blackboard Learn <h2 class="detail_subheader">Effort will Join e-Books With Courses for Online and Mobile Access</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 11, 2012</p> <p>NEW ORLEANS, July 11, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard customers will soon have a powerful new option for delivering e-textbooks on their campuses. Today, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard</a> Inc. and Ingram's <a href="http://www.vitalsource.com/Pages/home.aspx" target="_blank">Vital Source</a> Technologies, Inc. announced a global agreement to give students and faculty one-click access to Vital Source's industry leading e-textbook platform directly within <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a>™, the market's leading learning management (LMS) system. The planned integration would be available for users both online and for mobile devices.</p> <p>"With the integration, there would be no extra software for users to install, no separate logins and passwords to remember," said Kent Freeman, chief operating officer of Vital Source. "You get immediate access to the digital copies of your textbooks, and they are an integral part of your Blackboard Learn courses." </p> <p>With the planned offering, instructors would be able to preview and select textbooks, as well as pieces of content or learning objects and add them to assignments and activities directly in their courses in Blackboard Learn. In addition, faculty and administrators would be able to track e-book usage through analytics reports. </p> <p>Vital Source's comprehensive e-content platform currently includes over 80,000 titles from the world's leading publishers. Student and faculty users can access their books—online and offline—on a variety of device types including Mac®, Windows®, iPad®, and Android®. Users can make notes, highlights, and annotations in their e-textbooks, all of which automatically sync across devices. Students can even share and subscribe to notes and highlights from their peers. The planned integration would also support viewing e-book content through Blackboard's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank">mobile learning app</a>.</p> <p>"Our work with Vital Source can deliver great value for educators and students by bringing together the leading e-textbook platform and the leading learning management system to create a more engaging learning experience," said Matthew Small, chief business officer at Blackboard. "We're excited to work with Vital Source to offer our clients and users a more streamlined, more powerful approach to leveraging digital textbooks right within their courses – online and on mobile."</p> <p>"Developing relevant tools and resources for the education community is at the core of our business," said Freeman. "We believe that accessible, interactive digital content is a big part of the future of education. By expanding our current work with Blackboard, we are able to bring our rich, interactive toolsets closer to the student's day-to-day learning life." </p> <p>The work with Vital Source is part of Blackboard's ongoing effort to make it easier for teachers and students to find, use and share digital content and tools. The Blackboard Learn platform supports a wide range of integrations for content from leading educational publishers and content providers. </p> <p>Vital Source, one of Ingram's fastest growing businesses, is the preferred and most used e-textbook delivery platform in higher education today. With longstanding relationships with more than 200 of the best-known publishers, and with over 2.2 million registered users on 6,000 campuses in 200 countries and territories worldwide, the platform was designed to support learning and built to scale for dramatic growth. Combining the education and technology background of the Vital Source team with the book industry resources and leadership of Ingram, Vital Source is firmly positioned as a market leader in the digital learning space.</p> <p>The announcement was made at <i>BbWorld</i>® 2012, an annual event hosted by Blackboard taking place this week in New Orleans.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/learn" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/learn</a>. For more information about Vital Source, please visit <a href="http://www.vitalsource.com/" target="_blank">www.vitalsource.com</a>. Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BlackboardK12" target="_blank">@Blackboard</a> and #BbW12 for updates during BbWorld.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Ingram</b></p> <p>Ingram Content Group is a division of Nashville-based Ingram Industries Inc. The company provides books, music and media content to over 38,000 retailers, libraries, schools and distribution partners in 195 countries. More than 25,000 publishers use Ingram's fully integrated physical and digital solutions and programs to realize the full business potential of books. Ingram's operating units are Ingram Book Company, Lightning Source Inc., Vital Source Technologies, Inc., Ingram Periodicals Inc., Ingram International Inc., Ingram Library Services Inc., Spring Arbor Distributors Inc., Ingram Publisher Services Inc., Tennessee Book Company LLC, and Coutts Information Services. For more information, visit <a href="http://www.ingramcontent.com/" target="_blank">www.ingramcontent.com</a></p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.  Statements regarding Blackboard's product development initiatives, including new products and future product upgrades, updates or enhancements represent Blackboard's current intentions, but may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available.</i></p> <p>Windows® is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation.</p> <p>Mac® and iPad® are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p>Android® is a registered trademark of Google Inc.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard; Ingram</p> Wed, 11 Jul 2012 10:21:02 GMT Blackboard Announces Updates for Web Conferencing Platform <h2 class="detail_subheader">Blackboard Collaborate 12 Adds Mobile Support, User Improvements and LMS Integrations</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 10, 2012</p> <p>NEW ORLEANS, July 10, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a>  today announced updates to its Web conferencing platform with the release of <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Collaborate</a></i>™ 12. With the new version, Blackboard Collaborate adds enhanced integrations for leading <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx" target="_blank">learning management systems</a> (LMS), user experience improvements that make the system easier to use and more accessible, and plans to add support for mobile access. </p> <p>(Photo: <a href="http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120710/PH37334" target="_blank">http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120710/PH37334</a> )</p> <p>The release plans to support an interactive mobile application, Blackboard Collaborate Mobile,<sup> </sup>scheduled to be available later this summer. The app would allow students to join live sessions from an iPad™ or iPhone® through a link in the LMS, an email or calendar invite that recognizes their device and credentials automatically. Through the app, students would view presentations and whiteboard activity, communicate through chat and audio, and even raise a hand to request attention from the instructor. Instructors would be able to see who is attending the session on mobile devices and assign grades for attending live sessions or viewing recorded ones.</p> <p>"Everything in our society is going mobile and we believe that education needs to do the same," said Mark Gensimore, vice president of business and professional development at blendedschools.net. "Blackboard Collaborate Mobile is an essential piece of that puzzle for us." </p> <p>A number of user experience improvements also come with the release, many of which were driven by feedback from clients. In a significant update, echo cancellation eliminates the need for the use of specific headsets, making it easier for anyone to join sessions and saving users and their institutions the expense of procuring and distributing headsets. The release also improves chat capabilities and enhances closed captioning to offer more viewing options for users with disabilities. </p> <p>"Technology should make education simpler and more accessible, and that's the focus of this new release," said Maurice Heiblum, president of Blackboard Collaborate. "We are continually focused on bringing innovation that helps users interact more easily, whether it's online, through an LMS or on a mobile device."</p> <p>The release also updates an integration with <i>Blackboard Learn</i>™ 9.1 and brings a newly certified integration with joule, the Moodle-based LMS offering from Moodlerooms. With the Blackboard Learn integration, grades assigned to sessions are automatically updated in the LMS gradebook, and users can join sessions directly from their calendars with one click. Institutional hierarchy support also allows multiple administrators to be named across enterprise-wide deployments.</p> <p>"The development of the latest version of Blackboard Collaborate was a true partnership in interface design between the institutions in the product advisory council and Blackboard," said Robin M. Smith, Ph.D., associate professor and coordinator of eLearning at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. "Our ideas and requests became visible before our eyes, week by week, as the product unfolded. We were able to prioritize needs for the product based on a wide variety of user experiences from many institutions."</p> <p>The announcement was made at Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit being held this week in New Orleans as part of <i>BbWorld</i>®, Blackboard's annual user conference.</p> <p>Blackboard Collaborate platform's Web conferencing, mobile collaboration, enterprise instant messaging, and voice authoring technologies are used by thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations worldwide. </p> <p>Blackboard Collaborate 12 and the integration for Blackboard Learn are available today. Current customers can upgrade at no extra cost. Blackboard Collaborate Mobile is planned to be available later this summer to enterprise customers using Blackboard Collaborate 12. Initial applications for the iPad® and iPhone®<sup> </sup>will be free for users to download.</p> <p>To learn more about<i> </i>Blackboard Collaborate<i>, </i>please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/collaborate" target="_blank">www.blackboard.com/collaborate</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.  Statements regarding Blackboard's product development initiatives, including new products and future product upgrades, updates or enhancements represent Blackboard's current intentions, but may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available.</i></p> <p>iPhone and iPad are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 10 Jul 2012 09:01:51 GMT Blackboard Launches 2-Way SMS Platform in United States <h2 class="detail_subheader">Powerful, Proven Blackboard ConnectTxt Boosts Community Engagement</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 9, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, July 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced the U.S. release of <i>Blackboard ConnectTxt, </i>a 2-way mass notification platform. With Blackboard ConnectTxt, users can send text messages and emails to a broad audience, through a powerful inbound messaging engine, and receive replies via text as well. Blackboard ConnectTxt already helps more than 500 customers around the world – including more than half of all colleges and universities in the United Kingdom – improve response rates to communications and strengthen community engagement and participation. </p> <p>(Photo: <a href="http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120709/PH36449" target="_blank">http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20120709/PH36449</a>) </p> <p>According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 73 percent of mobile phone owners are active SMS users, and young adults between the ages of 18 and 24 send and receive an average of 3,200 text messages every month<sup>(1)</sup>. Using Blackboard ConnectTxt, education, government and private organizations can leverage the popularity of text messaging for more meaningful conversations.</p> <p>"Texting has quickly become the communication method of choice for many of us, and Blackboard ConnectTxt helps leaders make the most of this channel's unique strengths," said Ed Miller, president of Blackboard Connect. "When you communicate with people in the mode they prefer, response rates and community engagement improve, and organizations can better measure the overall effectiveness of their communications."</p> <p>The admissions office of <a href="http://www.westminstercollege.edu/" target="_blank">Westminster College</a>, a private liberal arts college in Salt Lake City, participated in a pilot of Blackboard ConnectTxt. Officials used the system in an effort to increase response rates from prospective students that had not completed their applications and who were unresponsive by phone and email. In all, officials received responses from over 50 percent of the recipients. </p> <p>"Communications have changed; while email, phone calls and direct mail are still viable tools, effectively connecting with students today means having a mobile conversation," said Dana Simmons, director of e-marketing and outreach at Westminster College. "Incorporating Blackboard ConnectTxt into our recruitment strategy has proven that students are willing to respond if you connect with them in the right way." </p> <p>The core Blackboard ConnectTxt messaging engine processes and routes inbound SMS with unique keywords, shortcodes and standard codes, QR codes, and inbox filters and workflow rules. These tools enable customers to improve communications and strengthen relationships with their communities by enabling clients to:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li><b>Increase response rates</b>: text messaging is more immediate and interactive than email or other modes of communication. Blackboard ConnectTxt users report significantly higher open and response rates when communicating via SMS. </li> <li><b>Establish text-based hotlines</b>: institutions can invite community members to use Blackboard ConnectTxt to report issues or problems, or to request assistance. </li> <li><b>Drive contact database registration</b>: organizations can encourage members to sign up for community updates by registering by text. </li> <li><b>Run real-time SMS surveys</b>: clients can run live, text-based surveys to make presentations, lectures and community programs more interactive. </li> <li><b>Track message delivery</b>:<b> </b>audit capabilities enable users to track message delivery to reduce errors and improve quality of database. </li> <li><b>Integrate mobile into marketing campaigns</b>: Shortcodes, keywords and QR codes make it easy for recipients to interact with marketing campaigns, print collateral and social media.</li></ul> <p>Blackboard ConnectTxt also offers a range of outbound messaging capabilities. Users can leverage mail merge tools to personalize each message, plan and schedule message distribution, and track message delivery. Visual demonstrations of Blackboard ConnectTxt and its specific applications for K-12, higher education, government and the private sector are available at <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/connecttxt" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/connecttxt</a>. </p> <p><b>Pricing & Availability: </b>Blackboard ConnectTxt is available immediately for U.S. clients. A wide range of pricing packages are available to existing Blackboard Connect customers, as well as standalone packages for other institutions. Text MOREINFO to 97178 for more information.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>(1) <a href="http://pewinternet.org/Reports/2011/Cell-Phone-Texting-2011.aspx" target="_blank">Pew Internet & American Life Project, <i>Americans and Text Messaging, 2011</i></a></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 09:31:02 GMT Blackboard Hosting Group Named "Support Team of the Year" in Stevie Awards <h2 class="detail_subheader">Hosting Service Sees Strong Growth with Nearly 200 New Clients in Last Year</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 3, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, July 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. today announced that its <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Services/Managed-Hosting.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Managed Hosting(SM</i>)</a> service and support group was named "Support Team of the Year" at the 10th Annual American Business Awards, known as the Stevies. The honor comes at a time of continued strong momentum for Blackboard's hosting service, which has earned nearly 200 new clients in the last 12 months.</p> <p>Blackboard Managed Hosting was selected over leading organizations across various industries for its hosting capabilities, security, maintenance and customer support. </p> <p>The University of Ontario Institute of Technology, University of Texas – Pan American and Buckinghamshire New University are among the clients that have selected Blackboard's hosting capabilities and technical expertise to help manage their complex online environments. By working with Blackboard's hosting team, many clients report that IT staff can spend more time focused on supporting learning programs and improving student engagement. </p> <p>"We're committed to providing reliable, excellent service so that we can help institutions and their students to be successful," said Jay Robertson, general manager of Blackboard Managed Hosting. "We're delighted to be recognized by the Stevie Awards for our commitment to our clients – it is a testament to the great work of 250 dedicated experts across four continents, skilled in infrastructure design and management, and customer support."</p> <p>Blackboard Managed Hosting supports more than 11 million users at over 1,000 institutions worldwide. The company operates seven data centers in the United States, Canada, the Netherlands and Australia, and has focused intensely on improving client satisfaction. Customer surveys show continued year-over-year improvements, increased overall satisfaction and perceived value in service, support and partnership.</p> <p>"We rely on Blackboard Managed Hosting to ensure consistent access to our critical online learning system," said Edgar Gonzalez, Director for Distance Education at the University of Texas – Pan American. "Blackboard focuses on maintaining the learning environment so we can focus on enhancing the experience and programs that affect our students and faculty."</p> <p>With guaranteed uptime rates of up to 99.9 percent, Blackboard provides a reliable, secure and high performance infrastructure that supports student and institutional success. Blackboard's data centers typically average over 150 million Internet hits a day during peak times, and are staffed around the clock to guard against threats to physical and data security, natural disasters, and network outages of all types, while also providing a highly reliable and secure hosting environment. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Managed Hosting, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Services/Managed-Hosting.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Services/Managed-Hosting.aspx</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 09:31:01 GMT Blackboard and Pearson Launch Integration for MyLab / Mastering and Blackboard Learn <h2 class="detail_subheader">Partnership Makes Leading Digital Solutions Available in Market-Leading Learning Platform</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 2, 2012</p> <br/> <p>WASHINGTON, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. and Pearson today announced a new integration for using Pearson's leading learning solution – <a href="http://pearsonmylabandmastering.com/?cc/" target="_blank">MyLab / Mastering</a> – within Blackboard's flagship <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx" target="_blank">learning management system</a> (LMS).</p> <p>The systems integration includes single sign-on, gradebook, improved workflows and state of the art Web services that enable instructors to find and access MyLab / Mastering – including personalized study paths, customizable content, responsive learning tools and real-time evaluation and diagnostics – directly in <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a>™. </p> <p>The solution gives faculty quick access to Pearson's tools, assignments and learning analytics, including the ability to transfer grade information to the Blackboard Learn gradebook and create direct links from MyLab / Mastering programs. Instructors are able to customize their courses by choosing their content and rearranging the items in the content area and course navigation bar. </p> <p>"With over 850 MyLab / Mastering solutions included in this integration, this is a real value-add for Blackboard Learn customers and an important part of our overall digital content strategy," said Matthew Small, chief business officer at Blackboard. "We're excited to offer users a combined solution that helps educators find and use high-quality learning tools from Pearson directly within the LMS."</p> <p>"Now that our customers can access MyLab / Mastering directly within Blackboard Learn 9.1, together we've created a more convenient way for instructors and students to benefit from the powerful teaching and learning support these programs offer," said Jerome Grant, Chief Learning Officer at Pearson Higher Education North America.</p> <p>This latest collaboration provides a new level of convenience for users and is part of the companies' ongoing efforts to make it easier for teachers and students to find, use and share digital content and tools. Both companies are working closely to ensure that instructors and students who access Pearson's learning solutions within Blackboard Learn are well supported through Web services. </p> <p>Nearly 2,000 institutions have adopted Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1, Blackboard's flagship learning management platform, to take advantage of its improved stability, greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators and social learning tools. Through open APIs and standards-based interoperability, the Blackboard Learn platform supports a wide range of integrations for content and tools.  </p> <p>Pearson's MyLab / Mastering has changed the way millions of students learn and has supported many successful faculty and programs in the redesign of college courses to effectively use technology to improve achievement and manage costs.  Students receive a personalized learning experience, with online tutorials, homework, quizzes and tests that are automatically graded for instant feedback—freeing instructors to spend less time grading and more time working with their students.  Demand for the MyLab and Mastering programs continues to soar, with nearly 10 million student registrations in 2011.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/learn" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/learn</a>. For more information about Pearson, please visit <a href="http://www.pearsonhighered.com/" target="_blank">www.pearsonhighered.com</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b><b>Blackboard Inc. is a global</b> leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Pearson <br/></b>Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer publishing (NYSE: PSO).  The company provides innovative print and digital education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab and Mastering; educational services including custom publishing; and content-independent platforms including EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson LearningStudio for online learning programs.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <br/> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; Pearson</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 10:01:01 GMT Blackboard Announces Moodle Code Contributions from NetSpot and Moodlerooms <h2 class="detail_subheader">All-New Assignment Module Included in Latest Release of Moodle Core Code</h2> <p class="release_data">Jul 2, 2012</p> <p>GOLD COAST, Australia, July 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced two separate open source contributions of Moodle code from Moodle Partners NetSpot and Moodlerooms, including a completely redesigned assignment module which updates one of the most commonly used tools in the Moodle system.</p> <p>The new assignment module, developed by Australia-based NetSpot, has been included in the newest release of the Moodle's "core" software, Moodle 2.3, released globally to users in June. NetSpot developed the module in close partnership with the Moodle HQ development team and a consortium of Australian universities, greatly enhancing Moodle's ability to manage electronic submissions and simplifying its use for educators and students. </p> <p>The Baltimore-based Moodlerooms team has made Flexpage, a tool for organizing the layout of materials and content on a course page, available as open source code to the Moodle community. The tool helps educators and instructional designers create more engaging and visually appealing courses by streamlining the organization and presentation of their content. </p> <p>The releases continue longstanding efforts at both companies, now part of Blackboard Education Open Source Services, to contribute free and open contributions that add value to the Moodle community. Both contributions are available to Moodle users globally under Moodle's GPL license.</p> <p>"We're pleased to make a significant contribution to the Moodle project with this effort, and to do our part to ensure that Moodle continues to support the changing needs of educators and education institutions," said NetSpot Chief Executive Allan Christie. "This release is a great example of how collaboration within an engaged open source community can leverage the right talent and insight to benefit millions of users globally."</p> <p>The University of Canberra and Flinders University were among the institutions that helped to direct NetSpot's development efforts by identifying functionality needed to help support assignment management, particularly at larger institutions. NetSpot will continue to develop new enhancements for the module that will be available in Moodle 2.4, expected later this year. </p> <p>Designed for Moodle 2.x, the new Flexpage allows an instructor to manipulate and streamline the way that course information, content and activities are displayed on screen. The update has been available for six months within joule, the Moodle-based cloud offering from Moodlerooms, but is now available to any Moodle site that installs the component.</p> <p>"When a course page is designed towards a purpose, the learning experience is richer for the student," said Tom Murdock, Chief Architect and Vice President of Marketing at Moodlerooms. "Flexpage gives instructors the power to design the kind of layout that will drive their course goals and draw in students. We're pleased to be able to share this module with the Moodle community and expect to make several additional contributions this summer and beyond that enhance core Moodle functionality."</p> <p>The announcement was made at the Moodlemoot in Queensland, Australia. The event, coordinated by NetSpot, is one of the largest Moodle events in the world. The assignment module will be demonstrated at the Moodlemoot by the NetSpot team who will also actively contribute to the Moodle Hackfest in Perth, Australia, in October. </p> <p>Flexpage is available for download from the <a href="http://moodle.org/plugins" target="_blank">Moodle community plugin database</a>. Users around the world can install the components and review documentation at the <a href="http://docs.moodle.org/" target="_blank">Moodle documentation site</a>.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Education Open Source Services, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/opensource" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/opensource</a>.  </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <br/> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 09:01:36 GMT Majority of School District Administrators Endorse Online Classes <h2 class="detail_subheader">Survey Reveals Strong Support for Requiring an Online Course for Graduation</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 26, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Key challenges facing school districts, including budget realities and the need to improve student engagement, are driving district administrators to embrace online learning, according to <b>a survey report</b> released today from <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. and <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/" target="_blank">Project Tomorrow</a><b>®</b>. According to the report, a majority of school district administrators – 52 percent – now endorse online classes, up from just one-third who felt the same in 2007 and matching the overall level of support from parents. </p> <p>The report also found consensus on the perceived value of online learning to postsecondary success. More than two thirds of administrators and almost half of students in grades 6-12 (45 percent) and their parents (46 percent) voiced support for requiring high school students to take an online class in order to graduate. Currently, Alabama, Florida, Idaho, Michigan and Virginia have instituted an online learning requirement.  </p> <p>A growing familiarity with digital learning has also helped drive the emergence of individualized learning tools in classrooms, such as virtual, online, blended and mobile platforms. The report, which analyzes trends in opinion over time, found that for the first time since 2007 the percentage of students who have not already taken an online class but are interested, exceeds those who are not interested in taking an online class at all.   </p> <p>"We found that a greater acceptance of digital learning is the driving force behind personalized education," said <a href="http://www.educause.edu/Community/MemDir/Profiles/JulieEvans/58787" target="_blank">Julie Evans</a>, chief executive officer of Project Tomorrow. "Parents are encouraging teachers to customize learning environments and students are thriving through these tailored types of learning. Since 2007, we have easily seen an increase in sophistication around online learning as well as a new blending of emerging technologies, such as mobile and digital textbooks."</p> <p>Despite growing momentum and interest in online learning, principals demonstrated some reluctance to bring mobile technology into the classroom. According to the survey, two thirds of principals voiced opposition to the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement and only 21 percent say it is likely that they would allow students to bring their own mobile devices to school.</p> <p>"The student experience is shifting because of an increased interest in opportunities for online courses and blended learning," said an online learning coordinator from Virginia who participated in the survey. "School districts are embracing a variety of paths that allow students to work at their own pace and meet administrative goals. As parents, teachers and administrators begin to see how online learning can provide new and improved opportunities, the demand for online courses increases."  </p> <p>The findings are included in the report, <b><i>Learning in the 21st Century: A Five Year Retrospective on the Growth in Online Learning,</i></b> prepared by Blackboard Inc. and Project Tomorrow, which compares education technology issues first reported in 2007 with the online learning headlines of 2012. Based on data from the <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/speakup/SU11_PersonalizedClassroom_EducatorsReport.html" target="_blank">2011 Speak Up survey</a>, the report captures views on student, educator and parent interest in online and digital learning opportunities from 416,758 K-12 students, parents, teachers and administrators across the U.S.</p> <p>"The emergence of online learning tools allows schools to meet student needs in a new way," said Brett Frazier, senior vice president at Blackboard. "As student, parent and educator interest in online learning has increased over the past five years, so has the awareness of its educational and administrative benefits. With significant buy-in from all stakeholder groups, we are at a critical moment in terms of how we view the value of education technology from the classroom to district level."</p> <p><i>Learning in the 21st Century: A Five Year Retrospective on the Growth in Online Learning, </i>was released at the 2012 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in San Diego. Follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BlackboardK12" target="_blank">@BlackboardK12</a> and #SpeakUp12 on Twitter for updates. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/K12" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/K12</a>.  </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Project Tomorrow</b></p> <p>Project Tomorrow® is the nation's leading education nonprofit organization dedicated to the empowerment of students voices in education. With 16 years of experience in the K-12 education sector, Project Tomorrow®  regularly provides consulting and research support about key trends in K-12 science, math and technology education to school districts, government agencies, business and higher education.  The Speak Up National Research Project annually polls K-12 students, parents and educators about the role of technology for learning in and out of school and represents the largest collection of authentic, unfiltered stakeholder voice on digital learning.  Since 2003, over 2.6 million K-12 students, parents, teachers, librarians, principals, technology leaders and district administrators have shared their views and ideas through Speak Up.  For additional information, visit us at <a href="http://www.tomorrow.org/" target="_blank">www.tomorrow.org</a>.  We can also be found at: twitter.com/SpeakUpEd or Facebook.com/speakuped  </p> <p/> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 26 Jun 2012 10:01:03 GMT Blackboard and Learning.com Partner to Make Vast Catalog of K-12 Content Available in Blackboard Learn <h2 class="detail_subheader">Companies Are Piloting an Integration for Seamless Access to Publisher & Peer-Developed Resources</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 25, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, June 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a>, and <a href="http://www.learning.com/" target="_blank">Learning.com</a>, an industry leader in K-12 digital curriculum and tools, today announced a partnership to help teachers create high quality online courses more quickly and easily with an integration that would make Learning.com's vast catalog of rich K-12 content and tools available directly in the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/platforms/learn/overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a>™ learning management system (LMS). </p> <p>The integration, which is currently being piloted by a number of K-12 institutions and will be generally available soon, lets teachers and administrators find, use and manage more than 200,000 digital learning resources from the Learning.com catalog seamlessly in the course platform, rather than having to move between systems. The Learning.com catalog includes both free and fee-based resources from leading education publishers and individual educators that are aligned to academic standards. </p> <p>With access to the rich collection of material from Learning.com—including curriculum and textbook content, multimedia, assignments, quizzes and more—teachers can design a more engaging and intuitive learning experience. For example, teachers would build a lesson plan with material from Learning.com, and make it available to students through Blackboard Learn with a "single sign on," eliminating the time and access barriers from multiple Web sites, logins and passwords. Assignments would appear directly in the Blackboard Learn gradebook so teachers can easily track student progress.</p> <p>"Students are demanding new types of content to support personalized learning and, as a result, teachers need smart ways to locate and manage rich material," said Matthew Small, Blackboard's Chief Business Officer. "By partnering with Learning.com, we plan to provide our clients with access to high-quality learning tools that help students succeed – whether a district curriculum, an innovative learning tool from a trusted provider or a unique activity designed by a peer." </p> <p>"Our teachers love to incorporate third party content into coursework; however, up until now, materials were dispersed across multiple sites requiring a tremendous amount of time to find appropriate resources," said Alisa Jones, supervisor of instructional resources at Clay Virtual Academy. "The Learning.com and Blackboard partnership would allow our teachers to focus on leveraging the content in their classrooms rather than figuring out access issues." </p> <p>The Learning.com catalog includes a growing collection of content from premier providers like USA Today, NASA, the Smithsonian, Waterford Institute, Adaptive Curriculum, and over 10,000 learning objects created and peer-reviewed by educators. Available content covers critical educational areas including language arts, library media, math, science, technology and professional development for teachers. All of the content can be searched by subject, grade level, academic standard, and keyword. </p> <p>"Partnering with Blackboard means bringing together the best of what both organizations can offer the K-12 education market: Blackboard's user-friendly learning management system and Learning.com's growing collection of digital education content from premium providers," said Candace Petersen, Ph.D., president and chief operating officer of Learning.com. "We're pleased that Blackboard and Learning.com plan to bring more easy-to-use, robust learning opportunities to even more students."</p> <p>The partnership is part of Blackboard's ongoing effort to make it easier for teachers and students to find, use and share digital content and tools. The Blackboard Learn platform supports a wide range of integrations for content from leading educational publishers and content providers. </p> <p>The announcement was made at the 2012 International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Conference in San Diego. </p> <p>For more information on the Blackboard and Learning.com partnership, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/learningdotcom" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/learningdotcom</a> and follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/BlackboardK12" target="_blank">@BlackboardK12</a> for updates during the ISTE conference.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Learning.com</b></p> <p>Learning.com provides proven content, powerful tools, and practical services to support 21st century learners, align instruction to Common Core standards, and prepare students for next generation assessments. We offer free and fee-based standards-aligned curriculum and assessments to enhance and differentiate instruction, engage students, and increase test scores. In addition to award-winning content, we provide the implementation, support, and professional development tools and services that educators need to make the most of their resources and improve learning outcomes.  For more information, visit <a href="http://www.learning.com/" target="_blank">www.learning.com</a>, and follow us at <a href="http://www.facebook.com/learningdotcom" target="_blank">www.facebook.com/learningdotcom</a> and <a href="http://www.twitter.com/learningdotcom" target="_blank">www.twitter.com/learningdotcom</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 25 Jun 2012 10:02:56 GMT Blackboard Launches Mobile Beta Program for Blackboard Collaborate <h2 class="detail_subheader">Company Plans to Bring Live Classes and Collaboration to Mobile Devices</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 18, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, June 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced the launch of a Beta program for an interactive mobile application for <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Collaborate</a></i><sup>™</sup>,<i> </i>the leading Web conferencing platform built for education. The new app would let learners participate in live Web conferencing sessions from smartphone and tablet devices, significantly expanding access to sessions delivered through the platform.</p> <p>The app, Blackboard Collaborate Mobile, would let users join a live Web conference through a <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx" target="_blank">learning management system</a> (LMS) link, email link or calendar invite. After the session launches automatically, users would access a range of interactive tools enabling them to view content, communicate through chat and audio, respond to surveys, raise a hand, see the status of other participants, join breakout rooms and more. </p> <p>"Education is changing and students are driving the demand for new mobile and social learning opportunities at a rapid pace," said Maurice Heiblum, president of Blackboard Collaborate. "We're pushing further on the traditional boundaries for learning and collaboration to allow learners to participate in courses and meetings from anywhere."</p> <p>Development of the app responds to client feedback and great interest among users for mobile support for their collaboration and Web conferencing initiatives. The effort is also part of Blackboard's broader focus on adding innovative mobile applications across its full suite of products and solutions.</p> <p>"We are extremely pleased that Blackboard Collaborate, a key component to our online strategy, is accommodating our growing mobile device community with an excellent mobile product and roadmap," said Allen Taylor, chief technology officer at Marshall University. "The deep integration of Blackboard Collaborate with our e-learning suite and the flexibility of the mobile client would allow us to accommodate our live collaboration objectives."</p> <p>The Beta program is made up of K-12 and higher education institutions that will provide feedback on the design and functionality of Blackboard Collaborate solutions while in development. Many of the institutions are also members of the Blackboard Collaborate Product Advisory Council, comprised of about 60 institutions.</p> <p>"We have seen double digit growth yearly with use of mobile access by our faculty and students to our learning management system, Blackboard Learn," said Marcel Bechtoldt, System admin-principal and senior lecturer at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. "Having a mobile collaboration app such as Blackboard Collaborate Mobile will be the icing on the cake for our campus to provide the innovative degree programs our students so richly deserve."</p> <p>The Blackboard Collaborate platform's Web conferencing, instant messaging, and voice authoring technologies are used by thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations worldwide. Launched less than a year ago, Blackboard Collaborate continues to release innovative solutions that allow today's active and mobile users to teach, learn and collaborate even more effectively.</p> <p>Blackboard Collaborate Mobile is planned to be available later this year in initial applications for the iPad<sup>™</sup> and iPhone<sup>®</sup>.</p> <p>To learn more about<i> </i>Blackboard Collaborate<i>, </i>please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/collaborate" target="_blank">www.blackboard.com/collaborate</a> and to register for Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit 2012, visit <a href="http://www.connections-summit.blackboard.com/content.asp?id=2107" target="_blank">http://www.connections-summit.blackboard.com/content.asp?id=2107</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.  Statements regarding Blackboard's product development initiatives, including new products and future product upgrades, updates or enhancements represent Blackboard's current intentions, but may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available.</i></p> <p>Apple, iPhone and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 13:05:01 GMT Wiley and Blackboard Launch Combined Digital Learning Integration <h2 class="detail_subheader">Instructor and Student Tested Solution Integrates Rich Digital Content & Tools in Online Courses</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 13, 2012</p> <p>HOBOKEN, N.J. and WASHINGTON, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new integration for using digital learning content from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb) with the leading learning management system (LMS) from Blackboard Inc. is now available to students and faculty worldwide, the companies announced today.</p> <p>The solution gives students and faculty access to the rich collection of learning content and tools from Wiley's research-based, online teaching and learning environment, <i>WileyPLUS</i>,<i> </i>directly within the <i>Blackboard Learn</i>™ platform. Thousands of students and instructors across multiple disciplines participated in a full semester limited field trial and provided feedback to shape this best-in-class integration, ensuring the highest quality experience for system administrators, faculty and students.</p> <p>The solution creates a seamless user experience that gives instructors the flexibility to search for and select pieces of content and embed them into their course workflow and automatically synchronize grades and data<i>. </i>Designed to meet varying levels of digital usage<i>, </i>the integration provides instructors with greater flexibility in course design and gives their students an easy to use, singular experience for navigating learning materials.</p> <p>"Being able to use the Wiley content I want together with Blackboard Learn is extremely powerful and easy," said Valerie C. Simmons, Instructor at the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi. "Rather than adding a link, I can now insert the Wiley content I want in my course and students can use it without having to go from one system to another – and the grades are automatically synched so it's easier to track content usage."</p> <p>With the single sign-on, students can interact with digital content directly within their courses moving from Wiley content and assignments to LMS tools like journals or discussions in a seamless workflow. The integration of Wiley's eTextbook, media resources, and interactive assignments in Blackboard Learn allows instructors to better sequence their course using the activities and resources found in both <i>WileyPLUS</i> and Blackboard Learn. Students who participated in the field trial agreed that the integrated solution made then more likely to complete assignments, helped them learn and improved their grade.</p> <p>"Last semester I didn't use <i>WileyPLUS</i> or Blackboard Learn, and I'm doing better this semester in both of my accounting classes," said Margaret Cusmina from Montgomery County Community College. "Doing the problems and interacting though <i>WileyPLUS</i> and the Blackboard Learn discussion board has helped me better understand the material and do better in the class overall."</p> <p>In addition to single sign-on, deep linking and grade book synchronization, the Blackboard Learn and <i>WileyPLUS</i> integration provides unique tools that support several levels of content integration, ultimately yielding a more personalized experience than existing approaches, and further increasing the potential to positively impact the overall learning process.</p> <p>The solution relies on the open education standard IMS Basic Learning Tools Interoperability (Basic LTI) and is built on the Blackboard Learn 9.1 platform, an open, extensible platform with an active development community and open APIs.</p> <p>Nearly 2,000 institutions have adopted Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1, Blackboard's flagship learning management platform, to take advantage of its improved stability, greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators and social learning tools. Blackboard Learn has a wide range of integrations that incorporate the company's industry-leading approach to digital content integration with the LMS that enables instructors to easily find, adopt and share all types of content within their customized courses.</p> <p><i>WileyPLUS </i>is a research-based, online environment for effective teaching and learning that is offered with over 300 Wiley titles and is used in over 20 countries globally. It incorporates the entire digital textbook with learning resources, practice, and assessment for a personalized student learning experience that is proven to improve learning outcomes.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/learn" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/learn</a>. For more information about <i>WileyPLUS</i>, please visit <a href="http://www.wileyplus.com/" target="_blank">http://www.wileyplus.com</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Wiley</b></p> <p>Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations; to help teachers to teach and students to learn throughout the world. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.  </p> <p>Wiley's core businesses publish educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners; scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; and professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and Web sites. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's Web site can be accessed at <a href="http://www.wiley.com">http://www.wiley.com</a>. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.</p> Wed, 13 Jun 2012 12:21:05 GMT New York City Department of Education Selects Blackboard Collaborate for Use in District Schools <h2 class="detail_subheader">Web Collaboration Platform Will Support More Personalized Learning</h2> <p class="release_data">Jun 4, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, June 4, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The <a href="http://schools.nyc.gov/AboutUs/schools/default.htm" target="_blank">New York City Department of Education</a> (NYC DOE), the largest public school system in the U.S., has chosen <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Collaborate</i></a>™, in an effort to enhance student achievement and personalize instruction through the iLearnNYC program, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> announced today. </p> <p>District officials found Blackboard Collaborate – the only online collaboration platform built for education – to be the superior product to offer students and teachers a robust set of Web, voice and video conferencing capabilities. The selection followed an evaluation of technology solutions to support online and blended learning, and will help NYC DOE support three key initiatives: getting students college and career ready; meeting Common Core standards and curriculum adaption; and providing more personalized instruction.</p> <p>With the platform, NYC schools will be able to offer more courses – including Advanced Placement, foreign language and credit recovery – and reach students in disparate locations with a more personalized learning experience based on student needs. In their virtual classrooms, teachers can create workflows that are specific for help and tutoring environments, allow learners to get immediate feedback through ad-hoc video chats and create break out rooms encouraging interaction based on skill sets, segmented outcomes or other criteria.</p> <p>In addition, NYC schools may also use the Blackboard Collaborate platform to conduct parent-teacher conferences online, meet with instructors and administrators across the city virtually as well as offer teachers more professional development opportunities online. </p> <p>"The iLearnNYC program is focused on expanding digital learning experiences by broadening the use of online content and resources and removing the barriers to using them," said Sandeep Chellani, executive director of product development for the New York City Department of Education. "By partnering with Blackboard, our students are not only able to take a wider array of courses, but also work with teachers to customize a unique learning experience. We anticipate greater engagement through this effort, which will eventually lead to improved student outcomes."</p> <p>Currently offered in approximately 100 schools in the iLearnNYC program, the NYC DOE will supply its comprehensive set of online teaching and learning tools to 100 more schools in the 2012-2013 school year. Blackboard Collaborate is <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/News-Center/Press-Releases.aspx?releaseid=1665319" target="_blank">seamlessly integrated</a> with NYC DOE's Desire2Learn learning management system and provides users with a single point of access to the interactive learning platform. </p> <p>"The K-12 educational landscape is quickly changing and districts are hungry for technologies that help them design a technology program that meets their goals and focuses on student achievement," says Maurice Heiblum, president of Blackboard Collaborate. "We are excited to partner with the New York City Department of Education as they work toward a more personalized experience for their teachers and students that introduces an innovative approach to learning that engages and excites the entire community." </p> <p>Blackboard Collaborate's Web conferencing, instant messaging, and voice authoring technologies are used by thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate and government organizations worldwide. </p> <p>To learn more about Blackboard Collaborate integrations, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Integrations.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Integrations.aspx</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 04 Jun 2012 09:31:00 GMT UMassOnline Selects Blackboard Learn 9.1 <h2 class="detail_subheader">Closely Watched Evaluation Finds Blackboard the Best Fit for UMOL Community</h2> <p class="release_data">May 31, 2012</p> <p/> <p>WASHINGTON, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A University of Massachusetts all-campus Learning Platform Review team, using a unique and rigorous evaluation process developed by UMassOnline, has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn™</i><sup> </sup>9.1</a> following a major, comprehensive evaluation of six commercial and open source <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx" target="_blank">learning management systems</a> (LMS), Blackboard Inc. announced today. Spanning nearly two years, the evaluation was one of the most thorough and closely watched in the industry. The process was led by UMassOnline and driven with input from officials, advisors, staff and users across the University of Massachusetts system.</p> <p>A longtime leader in online learning, <a href="http://www.umassonline.net/" target="_blank">UMassOnline</a> supports 15 campuses and over 125,000 users. The evaluation emphasized "functionality over features and an unflinching examination of the true and comprehensive underlying costs of our current and any future LMS solution," according to a summary report. The evaluation focused on six major areas of consideration, and in all of them officials found Blackboard Learn to be the strongest possible option. </p> <p>At the heart of its evaluation, officials tested and ranked hundreds of UMass specific and unique user scenarios to better identify the functional needs of instructors and students, with Blackboard Learn rated among the highest options for teaching and learning. UMassOnline officials also found that, based on the university's existing and well-established practices and user expectations specific to UMass that may or may not be similar to requirements at other institutions, Blackboard Learn offered the greatest alignment with its business and operational goals, offered the most robust enterprise services and support, and represented the easiest path for migration from its current LMS.</p> <p>In addition, officials found the ability to host several campuses through one installation of the Blackboard Learn platform – known as multi-tenancy – to be more developed than other options.</p> <p>"We based our decision on a very thorough evaluation of both the various learning management systems and, just as importantly, our own internal practices as well," said Patrick Masson, Chief Technology Officer of UMassOnline. "Through this internal assessment, we identified how campuses actually deliver online education and thus the needs of our learning community. Ultimately, Blackboard was the best option for the UMassOnline community. Because our evaluation was so intensive, we learned a lot about the vendors that participated and found Blackboard's engagement in the process to be authentic, consistent, and very supportive."</p> <p>Progress on the evaluation was communicated openly and publicly throughout the process using a public <a href="https://confluence.umassonline.net/display/LPR/" target="_blank">Wiki site</a> created by UMassOnline which organized communications, documentation and project management. The site was leveraged by UMassOnline to solicit input from the community and also became a knowledge base for users and others interested in the evaluation. The site includes over 100 pages, 500 comments and more than 80 supporting documents. </p> <p>As part of its evaluation process, officials completed a total cost of ownership for UMassOnline to fully evaluate the true cost of implementation, maintenance and support for each LMS option. Given the terms presented by each vendor and normal cost of operation of each platform, UMassOnline officials found no significant difference in the total cost of ownership among the various commercial or open source options based on the system's specific needs and the overall products reviewed and evaluated.</p> <p>UMassOnline officials also noted in their review Blackboard's full support of open industry standards including Common Cartridge and Basic Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI). The standards give institutions greater flexibility and control over their learning content and offer educators more choices for creating and delivering course content and integrating external learning tools within their courses. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br/>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 31 May 2012 12:01:01 GMT Blackboard Announces Expanded Program for BbWorld 2012 <h2 class="detail_subheader">Sal Khan and Freeman Hrabowski to Deliver Keynotes</h2> <p class="release_data">May 23, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --&#160;Blackboard Inc. today announced an expanded program for <b><i>BbWorld</i></b><b>®</b><b> 2012</b>, the company's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/BbWorld/home.aspx">education technology conference</a> scheduled for July 10-12 in New Orleans, La. Along with 175 client-led sessions on best practices and knowledge sharing, this year's program also features new sessions on a range of emerging themes in education technology, including social learning, digital content, analytics and mobility.&#160;</p> <p>Over 2,500 administrators, academic leaders, instructors and technical experts will attend BbWorld to gain greater insight into teaching and learning with technology and network with peers. Keynote sessions will be delivered by <a target="_blank" href="http://www.blackboard.com/BbWorld/About-BbWorld/keynotes.aspx">Freeman Hrabowski</a>, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Sal Khan, founder and executive director of <a target="_blank" href="http://www.khanacademy.org/">Khan Academy</a>.&#160;</p> <p>BbWorld will also include dedicated session tracks designed specifically for audiences including faculty, chief technology officers and executives. Two additional events will take place alongside BbWorld: the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.connections-summit.blackboard.com/content.asp?id=2107">Connections Summit</a>, a two-day event focused on online collaboration, and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbworld.com/2012/BbWorld/content.asp?id=2033">DevCon</a>, the annual meeting of institutional and third party developers working to extend learning platforms.&#160;</p> <p>"If you are interested in the present and future of online learning, BbWorld is the place to be," said Paul Lefavi, director of eLearning technology at Indian River State College. "BbWorld is a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues and discuss best practices."</p> <p>Blackboard staff, technical experts and partners will lead a number of sessions on how institutions and users can get the most out of their technology initiatives. Michael L. Chasen, Blackboard president and chief executive officer, and Ray Henderson, chief technology officer and president of academic platforms, will also deliver a keynote highlighting company and product updates.</p> <p>"We've really expanded our vision for supporting teaching and learning with a wide range of technology and services, and this year's BbWorld program reflects that broader view," said Chasen. "We're looking forward to great exchange of ideas and approaches with input from a diverse set of participants who are shaping the direction of education technology."</p> <p>For more information about BbWorld, please visit <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bbworld.com/">http://www.bbworld.com</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.facebook.com/events/156838581089065/">Facebook</a> or follow <a target="_blank" href="http://twitter.com/#!/Blackboard">@Blackboard</a> and #BbW12 on Twitter.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br /> </b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in&#160;Washington, D.C., with offices in&#160;North America,&#160;Europe,&#160;Asia&#160;and&#160;Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>&#160;</p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 10:07:46 GMT Babson Selects Blackboard for Integrated Set of Teaching and Learning Technologies <h2 class="detail_subheader">Move Will Create a More Dynamic, Interactive Education Experience</h2> <p class="release_data">May 29, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, May 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.babson.edu/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Babson College</a>, a global leader in business and entrepreneurship education, has chosen Blackboard to support an <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Markets/Higher-Education-%281%29/Solutions/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx" target="_blank">integrated set of teaching and learning tools</a> to help expand Babson's online learning capabilities and to create a more dynamic and interactive learning experience for students and faculty, the company announced. </p> <p>The collaborative and innovative nature of Babson's programs – like the Fast Track MBA program – require Babson to give more flexibility and options to support faculty and students with different teaching and learning styles. Working with Blackboard, Babson is creating a core technology platform that supports their mission and delivers on student expectations for interactive courses, digital content, mobile learning and online collaboration.</p> <p>Babson's decision to upgrade their <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn/Teaching-and-Learning.aspx" target="_blank">learning management system</a> (LMS) to <i>Blackboard Learn™</i> Release 9.1 gave them a chance to look at a broader set of technologies with <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Release 9.1</a> as the hub. College officials added Blackboard's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank">mobile apps</a> to create greater access to courses, content and campus services, as well as the company's Web conferencing solution which allows students and faculty to meet and interact virtually for a variety of formal and informal purposes. Each new technology brings powerful, new capabilities in its own right while also making the LMS platform far richer and more engaging. </p> <p>"Having a partner like Blackboard is a smart business decision – modernizing our education technology platform has given us further depth and capability to meet student and faculty demand," said Tova Duby, senior manager for eLearning Platform Operations at Babson College. "Having Blackboard technologies support our teaching and learning programs has taken Babson to the next level." </p> <p>The decision to work with Blackboard was driven in part by a desire to work with a vendor to support a comprehensive set of learning technologies that can be easily managed and work together as one system to give users a more unified experience. </p> <p>Faculty have noted Release 9.1's clean user interface, streamlined tools and easy navigation. The improved platform has given them more time to support <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Products/Blackboard-Collaborate/Web-Conferencing.aspx" target="_blank">social learning</a> opportunities by leveraging <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Collaborate</i>™</a> seamlessly within the LMS. Course access extends to smartphones and other mobile devices through <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn/Features.aspx?cmpid=MB_ML30_050212" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile</i> <i>Learn™</i></a>, which is integrated directly in Babson's primary campus app, BabsonMobile. Built on the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Central.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile</i>™ <i>Central</i></a> platform, BabsonMobile brings mobile access to essential campus services and information including maps, events, news and more.</p> <p>While the Blackboard Collaborate platform has been used to power live video sessions and lectures, instant messaging, virtual office hours and exam proctoring within the LMS, Babson is also seeing great use of the platform as a standalone tool. In its first three months of use, more than 600 live sessions were delivered with Blackboard Collaborate, many focused on enabling students to share and learn from each other and helping faculty and students in participating in online programs to connect before they meet in the classroom. </p> <p>"Blackboard provides small company support in all areas of campus technology," said Duby. "We have been working with Blackboard since 2001 as both a client and as part of its product advisory council, and we have experienced continuous, targeted support throughout our adoption and deployment of Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate and Blackboard Mobile Central."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard's solutions for higher education, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Markets/Higher-Education-(1)/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Markets/Higher-Education-(1)/Overview.aspx</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br/>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 29 May 2012 09:31:01 GMT Blackboard Adds Mobile Support for Android to Leading Mass Notification Solution <h2 class="detail_subheader">App Lets Leaders Communicate Quickly from Smartphones</h2> <p class="release_data">May 22, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced the expansion of its mobile offerings for <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Connect</i></a>™ with the release of a native application for <a href="http://www.android.com/" target="_blank">Android™</a> smartphones and devices. The app lets K-12, higher education and government leaders quickly create, schedule and send messages to their respective communities directly from their <a href="http://www.androidcentral.com/devices" target="_blank">Android devices</a>. </p> <p>The Android application joins an existing app for iOS® devices that gives users of the Blackboard Connect platform greater flexibility in sending messages. The mobile apps make it easier and faster to send messages to selected groups or their entire communities from anywhere, with just a few taps on their phone.</p> <p>With the new app, Android users can now take advantage of some of the more advanced features of Blackboard Connect 5, including real-time reports to confirm message delivery for voice and SMS messages. Users can also leverage message templates in to make drafting and sending a notification as simple and as quick as possible. </p> <p>With Blackboard Connect, users can record, send and track personalized voice, email and text (SMS) messages to home phones, mobile devices, businesses and local agencies in minutes. The system also sends posts to Facebook and Twitter and messages to TTY/TDD devices for people who are hearing impaired. By helping officials quickly reach their communities, the multi-modal platform significantly improves community awareness and engagement.</p> <p>"In today's fast-paced, mobile environment it's clear that mobile technology is becoming a critical tool in the way we perform our everyday jobs," said Ed Miller, president of Blackboard Connect. "Our support of the Android platform is just another step in our commitment to provide powerful, easy-to-use technology that enhances safety and creates connected communities."</p> <p>Blackboard Connect now serves over 28 million recipients at more than 6,500 client institutions. To date, Blackboard Connect has delivered several billion messages on behalf of its clients, with more than 1 billion messages being sent in 2011 alone. </p> <p>Developed as a native application exclusive to the Android platform, Blackboard Connect for the Android is available to current clients for download at the <a href="http://www.android.com/apps/" target="_blank">Android App Store</a> at no charge. The application is available to all clients using Blackboard Connect 5 who have an Android version 2.2 (Froyo) or higher. </p> <p>An application is also available for iOS® devices supporting the iPhone®, iPad™ and iPod® touch, and is available at the <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-connect-for-iphone/id404071446" target="_blank">Apple iTunes Store</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 22 May 2012 12:22:03 GMT Blackboard Wins CODiE Award for Best Postsecondary Learning Management System <h2 class="detail_subheader">Blackboard Learn Earns Top Honors From Educators, Administrators, IT Leaders</h2> <p class="release_data">May 17, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, May 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. took home one of the software industry's most prestigious honors last week when <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Learn</a></i>™ was named the Best Postsecondary Course/Learning Management System at the Software & Information Industry Association's (SIIA) 2012 CODiE Awards. </p> <p>Last year, Blackboard Learn was named the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/News-Center/Press-Releases.aspx?releaseid=1568405" target="_blank">Best Corporate Learning Solution and the Best Professional Education Solution</a> by SIIA. In 2010, the product was also named the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/News-Center/Press-Releases/Archive.aspx?releaseid=1432065" target="_blank">Best K-12 Course Management Solution</a>. </p> <p>"Blackboard is continuously innovating their learning management system to address the current needs of instructors and students which is very important as online education rapidly changes," noted one of the CODiE judges. "Recently added features, such as built-in customizable rubrics and YouTube search tools, are user-friendly and powerful."</p> <p>The CODiE Awards have honored the software and information industry's finest products and services since 1986. An SIIA CODiE Award win for education technology companies is especially meaningful given that judging is driven by educators, administrators and IT leaders who review nominated products.</p> <p>"This year's winners reflect excellence and vision," said Karen Billings, vice president for the education division of SIIA. "I'm proud to congratulate them on the success of their applications, platforms, and products."</p> <p>"We've invested much in building a learning platform that appeals to the needs and interests of educators worldwide," said <a href="http://www.rayhblog.com/blog/" target="_blank">Ray Henderson, chief technology officer and president of academic platforms for Blackboard</a>. "We've worked hard to evolve both our software and the services that support it. It's great to have this group of educators recognize our progress." </p> <p>Nearly 2,000 institutions have adopted the latest version of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Learn</a> to take advantage of the platform's improved stability, social learning tools, digital content integrations and greater workflow efficiencies. Blackboard also offers a free, cloud-based course option for instructors – <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html" target="_blank">CourseSites</a>™<sup> </sup>– that is based on the latest version of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Learn</a> and includes integrated capabilities for <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn.aspx" target="_blank">mobile learning</a>, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Web conferencing and collaboration</a> and <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">mass notification</a>.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx</a>. </p> <p><b><u>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></u></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.<br/><br/><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Thu, 17 May 2012 09:31:05 GMT Blackboard Releases Updates for Popular Mobile Learning App <h2 class="detail_subheader">App is First to Add Dynamic Mobile Tests, Push Notifications</h2> <p class="release_data">May 16, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --&#160;<a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. today announced a major update to its popular mobile learning app with the release of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Learn/Features.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile</i>™ <i>Learn</i></a> 3.0, continuing the company's investment in mobile innovation. New features make the app the first in higher education to enable students to take tests specifically designed for mobile devices and to receive push notifications when important updates or changes happen in their courses.</p> <p>The app, which has been downloaded on over 3 million devices and accessed more than 60 million times, allows students to take tests through a beautiful interface from their <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/blackboard-mobile-learn/id376413870?mt=8" target="_blank">iOS</a> and <a href="https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.blackboard.android&amp;hl=en" target="_blank">Android</a> devices.&#160; Blackboard Mobile Learn 3.0 also provides a new streamlined test authoring tool, as a Web interface within <i><a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Learn</a></i>™, that allows instructors to quickly and easily create mobile-compatible tests.</p> <p>As part of the latest release, the app also enables push notifications which help students stay connected to their classes and track coursework without having the application open. Students can set preferences to receive automatic notifications when new grades are posted, when new course announcements are added and when tests are posted.</p> <p>"We're very excited about the new features in Blackboard Mobile Learn," said Stephanie Richter, Instructional Technologies Coordinator at Northern Illinois University. "We're beginning to see more and more faculty and students use and experiment with the app and we're really glad to see Blackboard is committed to creating a more engaging and interactive learning experience. We think our students will be delighted with the new features."</p> <p>The new features continue Blackboard's focus on elegant, intuitive applications that leverage unique features of mobile devices to provide the best user experience. For example, students begin a mobile test by "cutting" open a red ribbon on a traditional blue book. They can flag a question for later by tapping the corner of the page to create a dog-ear, and they can eliminate options on multiple choice questions with a swipe.</p> <p>Mobile tests can be set up as in-class quizzes or to complement out of the classroom experiences like field trips or other events, and instructors can even ask students to submit pictures from their devices as part of an answer. Grades are automatically incorporated into the gradebook for a fully-integrated and seamless experience.</p> <p>"We thought a lot about our days as students taking (online and offline) tests and we realized that we never really thought test-taking was a pleasant experience," said Kayvon Beykpour, General Manager of Blackboard Mobile. "Dull test booklets, machine-readable bubble sheets, and No. 2 pencils never really made it fun to take a test. Our ambition with Blackboard Mobile Learn 3.0 was to change the relationship a student has with tests. We wanted to make a beautiful test-taking experience on devices that students already love using."</p> <p>Nearly 1,300 institutions around the world are using <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Mobile/Mobile-Learn/Device-Demos.aspx" target="_blank">Blackboard Mobile Learn</a>, which – in addition to the new features – allows students to create, upload and access documents and multimedia; submit assignments; read and comment on blogs and journals; create discussion posts; and more.</p> <p>Blackboard Mobile Learn 3.0 is currently available for clients using Blackboard Learn™ 9.1 and supports Android™ 2.2 and above and iOS 4.0 and above for the iPhone<sup>®</sup>, iPod touch<sup>®</sup> and iPad<sup>®</sup>.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Mobile, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/mobile" target="_blank">www.blackboard.com/mobile</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/Bb_Mobile" target="_blank">@Bb_Mobile</a> on Twitter.&#160;</p> <p style="TEXT-ALIGN: left"><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br /> </b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in&#160;Washington, D.C., with offices in&#160;North America,&#160;Europe,&#160;Asia&#160;and&#160;Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p>Android is a trademark of Google Inc. Use of this trademark is subject to Google Permissions.</p> <p>Apple, iPhone and iPod touch are registered trademarks of Apple Inc.</p> <p></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 13:36:39 GMT Blackboard Upgrades Teacher Communication Platform to Improve Parent Engagement <h2 class="detail_subheader">System Makes it Easy for Teachers to Update Parents on Student Progress</h2> <p class="release_data">May 16, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, May 16, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc.</a> today announced the newest release of <i>Blackboard Connect for Teachers</i>™, a notification platform that helps to increase parent engagement by making it easy for teachers to send important information directly to parents through phone or email messages.</p> <p>The system lets teachers open up a direct, personal communication channel with parents that can complement general notifications they may be receiving from a school or district. Since being launched in 2010, teachers are using Blackboard Connect for Teachers to update parents on everything from assignments, exams and grades to classroom conduct, work habits and general encouragement. </p> <p>With the upgrades, teachers can now more frequently share informal updates on student performance and behavior. Armed with this information, parents can work with their teachers to address issues more quickly, which can often lead to more positive outcomes. </p> <p>The system also now features over 1,000 pre-recorded voice messages in 23 languages to help teachers make sure their communications are appropriate, targeted and relevant. The features make effective communication more likely and help to ensure that more parents can receive important information from teachers in personalized messages in their preferred language.</p> <p>"Not a week goes by that a parent doesn't stop me and say 'thank you' for the messages they receive directly from teachers," said Dan Diehl, principal for Bedichek Middle School in Austin Independent School District. "Parents and family members are increasingly becoming more actively engaged in their student's educational experience and we want to do all we can to help them stay connected with us." </p> <p>According to <a href="http://www.centerforpubliceducation.org/Main-Menu/Public-education/Parent-Involvement" target="_blank">a recent Center for Public Education (CPE)'s report</a>, partnerships between teachers and parents can have a significant impact on student achievement. <a href="http://www.publicagenda.org/files/pdf/playing_their_parts.pdf" target="_blank">Two-thirds of teachers surveyed</a> believed that their students would perform better in school if their parents were more involved in their child's education. </p> <p>"Competing demands often make it difficult for teachers to communicate effectively with parents outside of the classroom," said Ed Miller, president of Blackboard Connect. "By providing a tool that facilitates regular, routine communications with parents, we are creating an opportunity to make a powerful impact on in school performance. Parents no longer have to wait for a quarterly report card to make a difference in their student's behavior and achievement."</p> <p>Designed specifically for teachers, Blackboard Connect for Teachers is a service of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Connect/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Connect</i></a><i>™</i><i>, </i>the company's leading mass notification solution which now serves over 28 million recipients at more than 6,500 higher education institutions, K-12 districts and government organizations. To date, Blackboard Connect has delivered billions of messages on behalf of its clients, including millions of teacher-to-parent notifications in dozens of different languages. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 16 May 2012 09:31:01 GMT Missouri State University Selects Blackboard for Contactless Campus Card System <h2 class="detail_subheader">NFC Technology Improves Security, Convenience and Speed</h2> <p class="release_data">May 15, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, May 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- <a href="http://www.missouristate.edu/" target="_blank">Missouri State University</a> (MSU) has selected <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/Overview.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Transact</i></a>™ in a move away from magnetic stripe student IDs for a contactless credentials, Blackboard Inc. announced today. Based on the Near Field Communication (NFC) ISO-standard protocol, the new system enables MSU to integrate student identification, door security, commerce, and campus payment with a single contactless card to make the student experience significantly more convenient and secure. </p> <p>With the new system, over 25,000 students, faculty and administrators can pay for purchases and enter buildings with a simple tap or wave of the new BearPass ID cards. The cards use SONY's FeliCa contactless technology and work with Blackboard NFC-enabled smart readers – which also support magnetic stripe technology – for faster and more secure transactions.  </p> <p>MSU is the latest of hundreds of institutions to upgrade their campus card system with Blackboard's NFC-compatible contactless system. Officials at MSU selected Blackboard Transact following a full evaluation of major providers led by a committee of department representatives and a student spokesperson. The committee found that Blackboard offered the most advanced and student-focused solution. </p> <p>"It's our mission to provide a safe and secure campus, and with Blackboard we're truly future-proofing our system," said Kent Thomas, special assistant to the president at Missouri State University, who spearheaded the project. "Blackboard was the clear choice to update our legacy card system. The company leads the market with technology that improves security and reduces the chances of identity theft, but also provides great management efficiency and system integration."  </p> <p>Students at MSU can easily add money to their student ID account, view transactions online, immediately stop activity on their account if their card is lost or stolen, and use their smartphone to manage their account. MSU can also use the cards to operate electronic access control devices for academic, administrative and student buildings, ensuring that only authorized persons are able to gain entry to secured facilities and events. </p> <p>Blackboard was the first company to offer a contactless, NFC-compatible card solution specifically designed for education institutions in 2010. Since then, Blackboard clients have issued hundreds of thousands of NFC-enabled credentials, transforming the student experience on and off campus. </p> <p>The NFC standard is also widely adopted in the mobile industry, with over 100 million NFC enabled phones expected to ship this year, according to <a href="http://www.globalsmart.com/accelerating_evolution_of_the_digital_world" target="_blank">a recent report by Eurosmart. </a> As the NFC standard evolves, Blackboard Transact readers and devices will receive future software updates to support additional ISO-14443 contactless technologies, including those used in mass transit, payment and highly secure applications.  </p> <p>"We are excited to see schools like MSU have chosen the value and transformative impact of an NFC-compatible contactless credential," said David Marr, president of Blackboard Transact. "Because our solution provides for an elegant transition from magnetic stripe to contactless by accepting both formats at the reader, we enable and encourage schools to begin building the infrastructure now that will support future technologies and higher levels of service to their constituents."</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Transact please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/overview.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Transact/overview.aspx</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.<br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 15 May 2012 12:31:00 GMT Cengage Learning and Blackboard Launch Digital Content Integration <h2 class="detail_subheader">Solution Gives Students and Teachers Streamlined Access to Cengage Learning Digital Solutions Directly through Blackboard Learn</h2> <p class="release_data">May 9, 2012</p> <p>Stamford, CT and WASHINGTON – May 9, 2012 – Cengage Learning, a leading global provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions and Blackboard Inc. today announced availability of an integrated solution that gives instructors and students streamlined access to Cengage Learning’s rich digital learning solutions and core curriculum content directly through the <i>Blackboard Learn</i>™ <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx">learning management system</a>.</p> <p>The integration, which creates a simpler and more intuitive user experience, allows for single sign-on, embedded activity links and gradebook synchronization for Cengage Learning’s MindTap platform, as well as single-sign on and placement of embedded links at the activity level for CourseMate products – all through the Blackboard Learn platform.</p> <p>“Cengage Learning is committed to the integration of growing numbers of our digital products into Blackboard Learn, extending an institution’s existing investments in Blackboard technology while providing the best of both worlds for Cengage Learning and Blackboard Learn customers,” said William Rieders, Executive Vice President, Cengage Learning. “Instructors can now realize the full power of the integrated experience all through their Blackboard Learn workflow, which frees up valuable time.”</p> <p>“We’re excited to give users an even better teaching and learning experience in Blackboard Learn with digital content from Cengage Learning accessible right within the system, presented in a simple and intuitive way,” said Matthew Small, Chief Business Officer at Blackboard. “This partnership with Cengage enables us to give students and instructors an easy way to find and use high quality learning content and tools.”</p> <p>The integration is made possible through Cengage Learning's standards-based, Web-services architecture – MindLinks – and the Blackboard Building Blocks™ program which leverages the open APIs of the Blackboard Learn platform. For all CourseMate titles, the integration includes the ability to directly link within Blackboard Learn to individual assets, including student activities and the eBook.</p> <p>Blackboard is part of the <a href="http://sites.cengage.com/partnerships">Cengage Learning MindShare Alliance Partner Program</a> and Cengage Learning is a <i>Blackboard Strategic Partner</i>™ in the <i>Blackboard Partnerships Program</i>™. For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx">http://www.blackboard.com/learn</a>. For more information about Cengage Learning, please visit <a href="http://www.cengage.com/us/">www.cengage.com</a> or email <a href="mailto:mindlinks@cengage.com">mindlinks@cengage.com</a>.</p> <p><br /> <b>About Cengage Learning</b><br /> Cengage Learning is a leading provider of innovative teaching, learning and research solutions for the academic, professional and library markets worldwide. The company's products and services are designed to foster academic excellence and professional development, increase student engagement, improve learning outcomes and deliver authoritative information to people whenever and wherever they need it. Through the company’s unique position within both the library and academic markets, Cengage Learning is providing integrated learning solutions that bridge from the library to the classroom. Cengage Learning's brands include Brooks/Cole, Course Technology, Delmar, Gale, Heinle, South-Western and Wadsworth, among others. Cengage Learning is headquartered in Stamford, CT. For more information on Cengage Learning please visit <a href="http://www.cengage.com/us/">www.cengage.com</a>.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br /> Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i></p> <p><u>CONTACTS</u><br /> Matt Maurer, Blackboard<br /> (202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a></p> <p>Lindsay Brown, Cengage Learning<br /> (203) 965-8634 or <a href="mailto:lindsay.brown@cengage.com">lindsay.brown@cengage.com</a></p> Wed, 09 May 2012 10:36:02 GMT Blackboard Launches Augmented Reality for Mobile Campus Apps <h2 class="detail_subheader">Feature Brings Latest in Mobile Technology to the Student Experience</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 25, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, April 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing to bring the latest in mobile technology to the student experience, <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/" target="_blank">Blackboard Inc</a>. announced today the addition of augmented reality (AR) to its leading <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Central/Features.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Mobile™ Central</i></a> platform, currently used by hundreds of institutions worldwide. The company is also announcing the launch of <a href="http://explorer.medu.com/" target="_blank">Explorer for iPhone</a>, a free standalone app that leverages the same interface to allow iPhone users anywhere to explore the world around them with augmented reality. </p> <p>Blackboard Mobile's augmented reality interface leverages the iPhone's camera, GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope and compass to let users explore and learn about places around them. With a tap, students can find the nearest computer labs, navigate a dormitory complex or even see a bus blocks away moving in real time through their device camera lens. By pointing their smartphone at a campus building, users can also find out its name, significance, hours of operations and historical information. </p> <p>"Blackboard has taken a truly jaw-dropping technology and brought it to life in the education environment," said Barbara Spaeth-Baum, executive director of college relations and marketing at North Dakota State College of Science. "The primary goal of our marketing group is to recruit and retain students through integrated, engaging campaigns and the launch of AR with <a href="http://www.ndscs.nodak.edu/media/mobile/" target="_blank"><i>NDSCS Mobile</i></a><i>,</i> fits perfectly into that strategy. We are excited to partner with Blackboard to enhance our campus experience for new and current students through an innovative mobile initiative that is reflective of our college's brand and mission." </p> <p>"Our focus at Blackboard Mobile has always been to use mobile devices to make the experience of interacting with one's university as delightful as possible," said Kayvon Beykpour, General Manager of Blackboard Mobile. "We saw augmented reality as an opportunity to take one of our most used features, <i>Maps</i>, and make it even more useful. These updates are just another example of our dedication to making it simple for institutions to deploy powerful and sophisticated mobile applications for their campuses, and to provide an awesome user experience for students and other university constituents." </p> <p>AR is currently being used on the campuses of <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/cwu-mobile/id444519619?mt=8" target="_blank">Central Washington University</a>, <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fau-mobile/id455898366?mt=8" target="_blank">Florida Atlantic University</a>, <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/mumobile/id354582408?mt=8" target="_blank">Marshall University</a>, <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/ndscs/id459268051?mt=8" target="_blank">North Dakota State College of Science</a>, <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/niu/id439798389?mt=8" target="_blank">Northern Illinois University</a>, and <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/arizona-mobile/id437682106?mt=8" target="_blank">The University of Arizona</a>. </p> <p>The company also announced an update to Blackboard Mobile Central's <i>Campus Tours </i>experience, enabling users to listen to recorded audio while exploring the campus map, view tour routes in both map and list views, and use augmented reality to identify buildings along the way.</p> <p>Blackboard Mobile Central provides a suite of features within a single custom, institution-branded application that includes 14 out-of the-box modules, plus the option to develop custom applications with the Blackboard Mobile SDK. Blackboard Mobile Central is available in native applications for iOS; Android™; BlackBerry; and HP webOS, and through a mobile web version supporting all web-enabled devices.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Mobile Central, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Central/Features.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Products/Mobile-Central/Features.aspx</a> or follow <a href="https://twitter.com/#!/Bb_Mobile" target="_blank">@Bb_Mobile</a> on Twitter.  </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc. <br/></b>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. </p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 15:03:05 GMT Halmstad University Selects Blackboard Learn 9.1 <h2 class="detail_subheader">Move Brings the Latest Learning Technologies to Students and Faculty</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 25, 2012</p> <p>AMSTERDAM – April 25, 2012 – As part of its long-term effort to meet the evolving needs of a diverse set of students and teachers, Halmstad University in Sweden has selected <i>Blackboard Learn</i>™ 9.1 as its new <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx">learning management system</a> (LMS). After a formal evaluation, Halmstad selected Blackboard Learn over three regional competitors to provide e-learning solutions with the flexibility to support a wide range of learning activities, Blackboard Inc. announced today. <br /> <br /> In supporting a broad range of fully online, blended (both online and in-person) and traditional course offerings, Halmstad found <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn.aspx/">Release 9.1</a> best suited to meet the needs of their diverse learners as well as the institution’s long-term goals to improve retention in distance learning programs and to increase recruitment for prospective students. <br /> <br /> Halmstad also recognized the need for a strategic partnership with an established, trusted vendor and found Blackboard’s ability to develop new offerings as needs change over time critical to their long-term strategy for supporting learning technology and services. In addition to moving to Release 9.1, Halmstad plans to offer <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Mobile/Overview.aspx"><i>Blackboard Mobile™ Learn</i></a> later this year to give students and faculty access to their course experience on their mobile devices. <br /> <br /> “The e-learning solution we chose – Blackboard Learn 9.1 – is a mission critical solution for us,” said Lasse Hagestam, Chief Information Officer at Halmstad University. “It is therefore important that the provider not only support the system, but is really a partner providing other services on which we can rely, such as customer networking, advice and recommendations and expertise – areas where we’ve already seen progress working with Blackboard.”<br /> <br /> With Release 9.1, officials at Halmstad saw a solution that could help them grow into the future and offer important customization opportunities. Equally important, officials were confident in Blackboard’s ability to go beyond technology to help ensure performance quality and to provide excellent support, consulting and expertise in hosting through <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Services/Managed-Hosting.aspx">Blackboard Managed Hosting</a>.<br /> <br /> In the selection process, officials at Halmstad noted Release 9.1’s superior usability, social learning tools like wikis and blogs that allow users to collaborate within the course environment, and integrations with other critical applications including the student information system. <br /> <br /> Nearly 2,000 institutions have adopted Release 9.1, Blackboard’s flagship learning management platform to take advantage of the platform’s improved stability, social learning tools to drive student engagement, digital content integrations and greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators. For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/International/EMEA/Overview.aspx">http://www.blackboard.com/International/EMEA/Overview.aspx</a>. <br /> <br /> <b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br /> <br /> Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.<br /> <br /> <i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i></p> <p><u>CONTACT</u><br /> Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br /> (202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com ">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a> </p> Wed, 25 Apr 2012 11:01:00 GMT Blackboard Launches Learning Analytics Solution <h2 class="detail_subheader">Application Gives Leaders Unprecedented View of Learning Across Institution</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 24, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, April 24, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- At a time when education institutions are increasingly looking for ways to leverage data to improve performance and student outcomes, Blackboard Inc. today announced the launch of <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Blackboard-Analytics-for-Learn.aspx?cmpid=AB_Products-AA_031912" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Analytics for Learn</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i>, a solution that gives education leaders an unprecedented view of teaching and learning across their institution. </p> <p>The application harnesses learning activity and data from the <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">learning management</a> (LMS) and student information systems (SIS) to give education stakeholders at all levels access to on demand information needed to improve academic success and student retention. </p> <p>Armed with greater insight, campus leaders can better set and measure learning goals and assess the success of various programs. Instructors can quickly identify where students are falling behind and intervene to support them, and get better insight into course development approaches that can be more engaging for students. Even students can leverage the application to gain insight into course activity and progression measures of their peers to better understand activity patterns associated with peer performance.</p> <p>"Campus-wide, we have various initiatives that support completion and retention, and this tool empowers all parties involved by providing critical data that reveals where changes are needed," said Celeste Schwartz, Vice President for Information Technology at Montgomery County Community College. "There is a need across the industry for data analytics in education and it will soon become a standard to use a tool like this." </p> <p>Blackboard Analytics provides a complete and customizable view of teaching and learning data through reports and dashboards that draw critical information from an institution's <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Learn/Products/Blackboard-Learn.aspx" target="_blank"><i>Blackboard Learn</i></a><i><sup>™</sup></i> platform and SIS. The reports highlight activities institution-wide, analyze efficiencies across academic departments, evaluate individual student performance based on demographics, degree programs and more. </p> <p>Clients participating in a field trial for the solution earlier this year reported great success in gaining insight into student activity, identifying outstanding course designs that promoted active student engagement, and fostering a culture of discovery and investigation about the future of online and blended learning at their campuses. </p> <p>"Throughout the field trial, Blackboard has truly been a partner, not just a vendor," said John Fritz, Assistant Vice President of Instructional Technology and New Media at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. "Having a tool like Blackboard Analytics for Learn that provides a deep level of data analysis was always a priority for UMBC, but a time-consuming project to undertake. Blackboard worked with us to expand our current capabilities to meet the need for rich reporting."</p> <p>"Business intelligence is critical to the success of an organization, but it is underutilized in education due to resource constraints of traditional methods," said Jim Hermens, General Manager of Blackboard Analytics. "This solution is designed to harness the wealth of data that institutions already possess, and place information in the hands of those who need it most, when they need it most. We want to give academic leaders the tools to help them make better decisions about their programs, meet the internal and external pressures for accountability, and ultimately contribute to student success." </p> <p>Blackboard Analytics for Learn was built on the <i>Blackboard Analytics</i><i><sup>™</sup></i><i> </i>platform and is one of six modules in the suite of solutions. Each module within Blackboard Analytics provides immediate access to <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Overview.aspx" target="_blank">data analytics</a> and insight on areas including enrollment management, finance and human resources. Blackboard Analytics was launched in 2011 and is now used to guide data-driven decision making at more than 130 higher education institutions.</p> <p>Blackboard Analytics for Learn is currently available for clients using <i>Blackboard Learn</i><sup>™</sup> 9.1, with Service Pack 4 or later. The application integrates with the leading SIS solutions and can be customized to integrate with other SIS solutions. </p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Analytics for Learn, please visit: <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Blackboard-Analytics-for-Learn.aspx" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Analytics/Products/Blackboard-Analytics-for-Learn.aspx</a> </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.</i> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 09:31:03 GMT Blackboard Introduces Open Enrollment for CourseSites <h2 class="detail_subheader">Free Online Course System Also Gets New Mobile Support</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 23, 2012</p> <p>WASHINGTON, April 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. today introduced an open enrollment option for <a href="https://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/pages/index.html" target="_blank">CourseSites</a><sup>™</sup>, letting instructors open registration so any number of students can sign up for courses they are teaching with the free, fully-hosted and supported online system. In addition, the company has added mobile support, giving over 200,000 CourseSites users access on a range of the world's most popular smartphones and mobile devices.</p> <p>With the <a href="http://www.coursesitesblog.com/2012/04/16/empowering-you-through-openness-and-choice/" target="_blank">open enrollment</a> option, any number and any type of student can register for an instructor's course, making CourseSites an ideal platform for open teaching initiatives, community outreach efforts and collaborative research programs that have become increasingly popular in education.</p> <p>"During the past decade, the world has become wide open for learning," said Dr. <a href="http://mypage.iu.edu/~cjbonk/" target="_blank">Curtis Bonk</a>, a Professor of Education at Indiana University who is using CourseSites to launch an <a href="http://www.coursesites.com/webapps/Bb-sites-course-creation-BBLEARN/courseHomepage.htmlx?course_id=_215194_1" target="_blank">open course</a> this month on learner-centered approaches to blended and online instruction. "With CourseSites and other initiatives, Blackboard is making great strides in fostering this idea of opening up education opportunities beyond traditional boundaries."</p> <p>Dr. Bonk's course is part of a new <a href="http://open.coursesites.com/" target="_blank">free open course series</a> from Blackboard focused on teaching and learning with technology. The courses will be delivered through CourseSites and led by thought leaders in instructional technology and pedagogy and by Blackboard experts who will share successful strategies and approaches to online learning, course design and facilitation.</p> <p>The course series and open enrollment capabilities are part of Blackboard's continued effort to support growing interest in open education programs, including delivering large open courses (sometimes called "MOOCs," or massive open online courses) and make it easier for users to create, use and find open courses and content. Last year CourseSites was enabled to support the publishing and sharing of courses as <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/About-Bb/News-Center/Press-Releases.aspx?releaseid=1618654" target="_blank">open education resources</a> (OER), and policies for <i>Blackboard Learn</i><sup>™</sup>, the company's flagship LMS platform, were adjusted to provide greater support for open initiatives.</p> <p>New mobile support for CourseSites allows users to access courses and other information on iOS<sup>™</sup>, Android<sup>™</sup>, Palm<sup>®</sup> webOS<sup>™</sup> and BlackBerry<sup>®</sup> mobile devices. CourseSites also now includes an integration that lets instructors access copies of their Google Docs within their courses and synchronize them with changes made in Google Docs. </p> <p>Launched in 2011, CourseSites is a free, cloud-based course option that leverages Blackboard's latest technology for course management, Web collaboration and mobile learning. The system is currently used by more than 30,000 instructors at over 12,000 institutions in over 130 countries, and can be accessed in English, Spanish, Dutch, French, German, and Brazilian Portuguese. </p> <p>The system is popular with instructors who are interested in experimenting with online teaching and learning, are interested in trying Blackboard's newest teaching and learning technologies, or do not have access to a learning management system (LMS) at their institution. With support for open enrollment and OER, Blackboard is working to position CourseSites as a dynamic option for open teaching of all kinds.</p> <p>For more information about CourseSites, please visit: <a href="http://www.coursesites.com/" target="_blank">http://www.coursesites.com</a>.   </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i> </p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 09:31:02 GMT Teaching and Learning Conference to Draw e-Learning Leaders from Across Europe, Middle East and Africa <h2 class="detail_subheader">Blackboard Partners with Plantijn Hogeschool to Host Event in Antwerp</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 20, 2012</p> <p><!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> 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The event will draw attendees from<span style=""> 89 institutions and 17 countries<b> </b></span>to Antwerp, Belgium from April 23-25 to share ideas and best practices in e-learning. <span style="color: black;">Plantijn Hogeschool, a leading university college, will host the event.</span></p> <p style="line-height: 14.25pt; background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;" class="MsoNormal">The conference programme includes over 50 client-led sessions on topics including social and student-centered learning, leveraging technology to improve student achievement, mobile initiatives in education, and using data to support the educational mission. <span style="color: black;">The event’s opening keynote will be delivered by Cor Molenaar, a leading CRM and e-</span>commerce strategist and professor at the Rotterdam School of Management.</p> <p style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;" class="MsoNormal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="">“In a field where it’s impossible for one person to be an expert in everything, sometimes it’s who you know that’s important,” said Gorden Adel, Learning Technologist at the University of Northampton. “There is a huge range of expertise in the Blackboard community, and it’s all in one place at the conference – the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and make new connections is invaluable.”</span></p> <p style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;" class="MsoNormal">The conference will also include a special focus on how real-time collaboration tools can improve student engagement and learning outcomes, including presentations from institutions that have successfully leveraged <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Platforms/Collaborate/Overview.aspx">Blackboard Collaborate</a>, the leading Web conferencing, enterprise instant messaging and voice authoring platform built for education.</p> <p style="background: none repeat scroll 0% 0% white;" class="MsoNormal">Blackboard executives will also provide product and company updates in keynote sessions from Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms, and Kayvon <span style="color: black;">Beykpour, General Manager of Blackboard Mobile. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0in 0in 0.0001pt; vertical-align: baseline;">More information on the Teaching and Learning Conference 2012 is available at <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/Teaching-and-Learning-Conference/home.aspx">http://www.blackboard.com/Teaching-and-Learning-Conference/home.aspx</a>.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><b style="">About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in&#160;Washington, D.C., with offices in&#160;North America,&#160;Europe,&#160;Asia&#160;and&#160;Australia.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><i style=""><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </span></i><span style="">&#160;</span></p> <p class="MsoNormal">CONTACT<br /> Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc.<br /> (202) 463-4860 ext. 2637 or <a href="mailto:matthew.maurer@blackboard.com">matthew.maurer@blackboard.com</a><span style="color: rgb(0, 112, 192);"><br type="_moz" /> </span></p> Fri, 20 Apr 2012 13:31:02 GMT Thirty-One Schools Pilot Wiley and Blackboard Combined Digital Learning Integration <h2 class="detail_subheader">Effort Integrates Rich Digital Content and Tools within Online Courses</h2> <p class="release_data">Apr 17, 2012</p> <p>HOBOKEN, N.J. and WASHINGTON, April 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty-one institutions are evaluating a new integration for using digital learning content from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb) with Blackboard Inc.'s learning management system (LMS). The field trial gives students and faculty access to Wiley's rich collection of learning content and tools directly within their online course environment.</p> <p>The field trial involves students, faculty and campus administrators across 42 courses at two and four-year higher education institutions in the U.S. and Canada. More than 50 instructors and 2,900 students have been providing ongoing feedback on their experience with the integration that significantly enhances the use of Wiley's content within the <i>Blackboard Learn</i>™ platform.  </p> <p>Instructors have expressed great satisfaction with the integration, which lets them easily add digital content to their courses in Blackboard Learn and synchronize grades and other data from Wiley's research-based, online teaching-and-learning-environment, <i>WileyPLUS</i>.   </p> <p>"I can set up my Blackboard class and integrate <i>WileyPLUS</i> assignment links with Blackboard tools, like discussion boards," said Julie Porterfield, an Anatomy and Physiology instructor at Tulsa Community College. "Students can easily tell in what order they need to complete certain tasks and assignments. I have been using <i>WileyPLUS</i> for four years and so far, this semester is even more successful in terms of student use and tracking data." </p> <p>Students using the solution have indicated they can now spend their time more effectively by having one place to do their studying and testing. "Blackboard Learn is a hub for coursework, and if you're taking a lot of different classes, it's nice to sign in to Blackboard Learn and be able to access everything you need," said John Andren, a student at George Mason University.</p> <p>"We're excited to hear the positive reactions among users to this combined and integrated solution we've worked with Wiley to build," said Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms at Blackboard. "With this partnership we are delivering the most elegant form of integration between the LMS and digital learning content in the industry – making it easier for users to find, create and share high quality content."</p> <p>"We're very pleased with what we've heard from customers in the field trial," said Joe Heider, Wiley's senior vice president, Global Education. "Students report that they are more effective in doing their coursework while instructors say that students are spending more time with the materials. Our partnership with Blackboard would help make <i>WileyPLUS</i> even easier to access and use. The Blackboard Learn integration would increase the value of <i>WileyPLUS</i> while offering even more students an affordable alternative to print." </p> <p>Expected to be fully available globally in summer 2012, the solution would rely on the open education standard IMS Basic Learning Tools Interoperability (Basic LTI) and is built on the Blackboard Learn 9.1 platform, an open, extensive platform with an active development community and open APIs.</p> <p>Nearly 2,000 institutions have adopted Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1, Blackboard's flagship learning management platform to take advantage of its improved stability, social learning tools to drive student engagement and digital content integrations and greater workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators. </p> <p><i>WileyPLUS </i>is a research-based, online environment for effective teaching and learning that is offered with over 300 Wiley titles and is used in over 20 countries globally. It incorporates the entire digital textbook with learning resources, practice, and assessment for a personalized student learning experience that is proven to improve learning outcomes.</p> <p>For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/learn" target="_blank">http://www.blackboard.com/learn</a>. For more information about <i>WileyPLUS</i>, please visit <a href="http://www.wileyplus.com/" target="_blank">http://www.wileyplus.com</a>. </p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b></p> <p>Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.</p> <p><b>About Wiley</b></p> <p>Founded in 1807, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. has been a valued source of information and understanding for more than 200 years, helping people around the world meet their needs and fulfill their aspirations; to help teachers to teach and students to learn throughout the world. Wiley and its acquired companies have published the works of more than 450 Nobel laureates in all categories: Literature, Economics, Physiology or Medicine, Physics, Chemistry, and Peace.  </p> <p>Wiley's core businesses publish educational materials for undergraduate and graduate students and lifelong learners; scientific, technical, medical, and scholarly journals, encyclopedias, books, and online products and services; and professional/trade books, subscription products, training materials, and online applications and Web sites. Wiley's global headquarters are located in Hoboken, New Jersey, with operations in the U.S., Europe, Asia, Canada, and Australia. The Company's Web site can be accessed at <a href="http://www.wiley.com/" target="_blank">http://www.wiley.com</a>. The Company is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbols JWa and JWb.</p> <p><i>Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. </i> <i>Statements regarding Blackboard's product development initiatives, including new products and future product upgrades, updates or enhancements represent Blackboard's current intentions, but may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available.</i></p> <p>SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; John Wiley & Sons, Inc.</p> Tue, 17 Apr 2012 09:01:24 GMT Educom IMS Project makes it Easier to Find Educational Materials on the Internet <b>9/8/1997 , Washington, D.C. </b> - With new methods introduced today, it will be easier to search the World Wide Web for educational materials from many sources, according to Educom, a national consortium of 600 colleges and universities dedicated to transforming higher education through information technology. <br><br> The metadata specification announced today by Educom is designed for materials used in higher education, corporate and government training programs, and K-12 schools. It provides a common vocabulary for searching and using the various components that make up individual lessons or whole courses of study. Publishers, educators, or anyone else putting learning material on the Web will be able to tag it with information such as the author~s name, the learning objective, subject area, and licensing requirements. <br><br> Educom is also making available a Java-based tool that will assist content developers in applying the metadata labels to their materials. The organization will demonstrate the tool at the Software Publishers Association conference in Washington, DC, September 8-9, 1997. <br><br> The metadata specification has been developed by the Instructional Management Systems (IMS) project, an academic, industry and government partnership led by Educom. It is the first of a series of IMS specifications and software components that will enable Internet-based learning materials from diverse sources to be widely used. It is part of an extensive plan to improve education through open-access Internet technologies. The IMS partnership includes the California State University system, the Institute for Academic Technology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Michigan, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation (the "Big Ten"), Miami-Dade Community College, Apple Computer, IBM, Sun Microsystems, International Thomson Publishing, KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and the Department of Defense. The three-year IMS project began in February, 1997, and operates with core funding from the California State University and the Institute for Academic Technology at the University of North Carolina, together with additional funding and in-kind contributions from the remaining partners. <br><br> Carol Twigg, Educom Vice President, said "Our member organizations are moving quickly to adopt Web technologies, but there is confusion in the marketplace. While some educators have used various instructional packages with some success, widespread dissemination has been slowed by the lack of common standards and a framework for integrating individual software objects or modules. We started the IMS project to fill the need for standards and tools that will enable software developers, teachers and students to create, manage and access Web-based instructional software." <br><br> One IMS partner, Apple Computer Inc., already has plans to use the IMS tool to label the 700 web-based objects in its Educational Object Economy project. Jim Spohrer, distinguished scientist at Apple, said, "We expect that the common practices on which the IMS project is getting consensus will expand the whole market for lnternet-based education. Freely available objects will become far more accessible. Commercial publishers and campus authors will also benefit because metadata specifications for licensing and authorship will enable a whole new economic model for education." <br><br> Government agencies also are looking to improve training and education with the specification. Both the Department of Defense and NIST are active members of the IMS partnership, to which they bring considerable expertise in facilitating standards development. As Shukri Wakid, director of NIST~s Information Technology Lab, noted, "All involved brought talent to the table to develop this specification. Standards for metadata and related ontologies are necessary to promote commerce for digital objects. We are excited to work with the IMS partnership that Educom put together to help industry solidify a set of common practices to benefit everyone." <br><br> IMS is continuing its collaboration with the Learning Objects Metadata Group (LOMG) a NIST-sponsored multi-sector consortium of over 40 industry, government, higher education, and K-12 organizations. Tom Hill, Program Manager for the LOMG noted, "The IMS specification has core and extended metadata elements which have been developed in collaboration with the broadest base of users, software developers, publishers and government agencies possible. We are enthusiastic about this first step toward implementation of a long term broad based learning object interoperability architecture." <br><br> The Defense Department added its praise for the development. As Michael Kendall, Director of Training for the Office of the Secretary of Defense explained, "the creation of an object-oriented open architecture environment for advanced distributed learning will enable military personnel to access information needed to support their individual missions and tasks regardless of time or place. The IMS metadata specification is an important part of a wide scale collaborative effort with industry and academia to create the tools and content needed for this new learning environment." <br><br> The metadata specification posted today at http://www.imsproject.org/metadata is a draft for review by interested parties until December 5, 1997. The final specification will be released early 1998. Educom also plans a 1998 release of a prototype instructional management system based on this and additional specifications. Once released, the specifications and software components of the IMS project will be available at no cost. Additional information on the IMS project can be found at http://www.imsproject.org. <br><br> Educom (http://www.educom.edu), based in Washington, DC, is a non-profit consortium of 600 colleges and universities and 100 Corporate Associates that facilitates the introduction, use and access to, and management of information resources in teaching, learning, scholarship and research. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:53 GMT Educom, Department of Defense and White House to Work Together on Common Technical Framework for On-line Learning Materials <b>11/3/1997 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Educom announced today a partnership with the US Department of Defense and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to further the development of a common technical framework for on-line learning materials. This partnership will considerably broaden the reach of Educom~s Instructional Management Systems (IMS) project, while giving the government a firm basis on which to build guidelines that will apply to learning in the classroom, on the job, or anywhere reached by the Internet. Speaking today at the kickoff meeting of the government~s Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative, Steve Griffin, Development Director for the IMS project, explained that having a common framework for such things as the communications between learning materials and content management systems, the labeling or "metadata" for learning resources, and recording of learning and training outcomes is expected to lower the cost of educational materials while expanding the market as a whole. "We are excited to be collaborating with the ADL forum and value the input that the ADL participants will bring to the process of developing a framework that meets the broadest set of requirements." <br><br> The ADL initiative will create a broad-reaching forum for public and private sector input into business, content, research, and technology issues related to an object-based learning economy. This new digital economy is expected to encompass learning in K-12 schools, higher education institutions, training centers, on the job, and at home. While the ADL forum will also address issues beyond the scope of the IMS mission, relevant technical requirements that emerge will be addressed by the IMS project. The IMS provides a process to make rapid progress in the development of required specifications, compliant content, and tools. ADL forum members will also be invited to participate in test implementations within their domain of interest. Henry Kelly, Acting Associate Director for Technology for the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, added "the IMS project has proven capable of the practical task of turning requirements into specifications and allows the ADL to move rapidly to implementations that can be tested in later phases of the forum~s activity." <br><br> Educom~s IMS project was established in February 1997 as a three-year effort and has since grown to be a partnership of 19 academic, commercial, and government organizations. Its goal is to put in place the essential underpinnings for Internet-based education through open-access technologies. Its specifications and prototype software systems will be freely available once released. The project operates with investment and in-kind contributions from the partners which include @Learning, Apple Computer, Buena Vista University, California State University, COLLEGIS, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, Empower Corporation, Farance Inc., IBM Education, Institute for Academic Technology, International Thomson Publishing, KPMG Peat Marwick, Learning Technology Research Institute (a new non-profit organization recently created by the founding leadership of the Institute for Academic Technology, with support from COLLEGIS), Miami-Dade Community College, Microsoft, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Sun Microsystems, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the U.S. Department of Defense. <br><br> This new partnership between the IMS project and the ADL initiative continues to build the IMS project~s momentum as the focal organization in developing standards in the area of Internet-based learning. Industry support continues to build with the addition of Microsoft to the partnership. As Toby Richards, Business Development Manager for the Education Customer Unit explained, "Microsoft is participating in IMS to provide technical expertise and to ensure that learning technology produced by the company is IMS-compliant." The Learning Objects Metadata Group, a forum comprised of members from industry, governement, and standards organizations, co-sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and @Learning Corporation of Sunnyvale, CA, a recent IMS partner, is now combining its efforts with IMS~s metadata specification activities. <br><br> In order to provide a higher level of technical support for organizations that are in active development of IMS-compliant products and systems, the IMS project also announced today the formation of its Developers~ Network. This program will provide access to technical advice from IMS experts, workshops, training, and consultation. Rob Helmick, President of Real Education, Inc., an on-line education provider in Denver, CO, and an early member of the IMS Developers~ Network, said "the IMS specifications represent an important step in the growth of the market for on-line learning. The Developers~ Network helps assure that organizations like Real Education will be able to keep their products and services on the cutting edge." <br><br> Educom (http://www.educom.edu), based in Washington, DC, is a non-profit consortium of 600 colleges and universities and 100 Corporate Associates that facilitates the introduction, use and access to, and management of information resources in teaching, learning, scholarship, and research. The IMS project is part of Educom~s National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (http://www.educom.edu/program/nlii/nliiHome.html). Additional information on the IMS project can be found at http://www.imsproject.org. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:53 GMT ITP® and Blackboard Announce Partnership for Interoperable Distributed Learning Content and Tools <b>4/25/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - International Thomson Publishing (ITP®) and Blackboard Inc. today announced a partnership effort to begin implementing an emerging set of industry standards for creating cross-platform interoperable content. The partnership will be aimed at providing higher education institutions and instructors with the broadest range of choices in content offerings for distributed learning platforms. <br><br> "This type of partnership is exactly what the IMS Project is all about—spurring the development of content and tools that meet the needs of higher education," said Mark Resmer, Director of the IMS Project and Associate Vice President of Information Technology at Sonoma State University. <br><br> Since June 1996, ITP and Blackboard have been leading participants in the IMS standards project (http:\www.imsproject.org). Sponsored by Educom, a nonprofit consortium of over 600 higher education institutions, IMS investment members include Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, IBM, Asymetrix, KPMG Peat Marwick, numerous universities and others. <br><br> "ITP's partnership with Blackboard gives us an opportunity to provide our customers with platform-independent content that leverages our work with the Educom Instructional Management Systems project" said ITP CEO Bob Christie. <br><br> "As the primary technical contractor to IMS, Blackboard has long been a supporter of open standards for Internet-based education" added Blackboard Chairman and CEO Matthew Pittinsky. "All Blackboard course management systems will interoperate with on-line content for activities like reporting grades and querying student profile information." <br><br> ITP is among the world's largest educational publishers of elementary to post-graduate level products. They publish in a variety of academic and career disciplines, including technology, science, engineering, business, health sciences, the humanities and social sciences. The company serves the needs of students and instructors in any educational setting — from schools, colleges, and universities to business, industry and government. ITP products are sold throughout the world, both through direct channels and via a worldwide network of distributors. ITP actively supports individual and organizational efforts to build new learning networks and services such as Western Governor's University (http://www.westgov.org/smart/vu/vu.html) and California Virtual University (http://www.california.edu/). <br><br> The Thomson World Class Learning family of educational technology solutions combines an easy-to-use system with access to a wide array of rich learning modules, delivered in a reliable network (http:\www.worldclasslearning.com). Thomson World Class Course provides instructors with the tools they need to create and deliver quality instructional materials online. Thomson World Class Testing Tools provides a consistent system for any type of assessment on paper, via a LAN/WAN, or via ITP's Internet server. ITP's subject-specific online resource centers provide countless links and content materials (http:\www.thomson.com). <br><br> Blackboard is a leading provider of technologies the help make the Internet more useful for teaching and learning. The Company creates powerful software tools for hosting "virtual" campuses, university intranets and on-line corporate training environments. Its products enable organizations to host classes and training over the World Wide Web. <br><br> At the center of Blackboard's product line is CourseInfo, a course management system that leading institutions such as Cornell University, Yale University, Mortgage Bankers and Halton College (UK) are using to deliver instruction on-line. Recent CourseInfo clients also include the Ithaca Unified School District and University of Pittsburgh, according to Daniel Cane, President of CourseInfo LLC who will be joining Blackboard as a Vice President upon completion of a formal merger between the two companies. <br><br> International Thomson Publishing (ITP) is a division of The Thomson Corporation (TTC). TTC is a worldwide specialized information provider and publisher of educational, professional, technical, scientific, medical, research, and financial material. The company also has important interests in North American newspaper publishing and leisure travel operations in the United Kingdom. Thomson had sales of U.S. $7.7 billion in 1996 and employs 50,000 staff members worldwide. International Thomson Publishing is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, with multiple offices located worldwide. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:53 GMT Education on the Internet takes Major Step Toward Standards with Release of Educom~s IMS Project Specifications <b>4/29/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Educom released today technologies that will support a new digital economy for education. The technical specifications for how learning materials will flow over the Internet, and for how organizations and individual learners will manage the learning process, have broad support among industry and among leaders in higher education, training, government, and K-12 schools. Educom also made freely available an example implementation of an instructional management system that illustrates many of the specifications. <br><br> The goal of Educom~s Instructional Management Systems (IMS) project is the widespread adoption of a set of open standards for Internet-based education. "We are proud to have brought all the elements together that will catalyze major changes in education," said Robert C. Heterick, President of Educom. "Educom~s membership, and the education industry as a whole, will benefit when educational content and management systems from different vendors can interoperate." <br><br> Mark Resmer, CIO of Sonoma State University and IMS project director added, "The technical specifications we are releasing today embody the requirements and best practices of the 29 organizations that have invested in this project and many other groups in education and training that have participated over the last 15 months. This release represents a substantial consensus throughout the learning and technology industries." <br><br> The example implementation will be demonstrated tomorrow at the White House. The meeting will address how federal agencies can take advantage of IMS to focus research and development and how K-12 schools can benefit from adopting industry standards as they move toward the goal of connecting all the nation~s classrooms. Tom Kalil, Senior Director at the White House National Economic Council, praised Educom~s work. "The IMS project will help expand the market for high-quality educational software, which is critical to the success of President Clinton~s Educational Technology Initiative. This project will also make it easier for all Americans to update their skills by learning at a time, place, and pace that is convenient for them - which is critical in today~s rapidly changing economy. We look forward to building a partnership with this important group." <br><br> Twenty-eight organizations have made substantial investments in the IMS project and continue active involvement in the technical work, in advanced work with the example implementation, as well as in internal development of products for the new digital education marketplace. Statements from many of these members are included with this release. IMS investment members are: Apple Computer, Asymetrix Learning Systems, AT&T Learning Network, @Learning, Buena Vista University, California State University, COLLEGIS, COLLEGIS Research Institute, Committee on Institutional Cooperation (CIC), Educational Testing Service, Empower Corporation, Farance Inc., George Mason University, IBM Education, International Thomson Publishing, KPMG Peat Marwick, Miami-Dade Community College, Microsoft, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Oracle, Simon & Schuster, Sun Microsystems, Unisys, University of California, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UK Joint Information Systems Committee, and the US Department of Defense. <br><br> The specifications are being released for a 90-day period of public comment. After that period, they will be submitted to the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) to begin the process of establishing an international standard. NIST is assisting the IMS project team in developing a conformance testing and certification program. <br><br> The IMS project is part of Educom~s National Learning Infrastructure Initiative with staff drawn from California State University~s Center for Distributed Learning, from the COLLEGIS Research Institute, and from other member organizations. Blackboard Inc. developed the example implementation under contract in collaboration with other project members. IMS works with the Defense Department~s Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative providing technical specifications to support their guidelines for distributed training systems. Additional information on the IMS project can be found at <a href="http://www.imsproject.org">http://www.imsproject.org.</a> <br><br> Educom, based in Washington, DC, is a non-profit consortium of 600 colleges and universities and 100 Corporate Associates that facilitates the introduction, use and access to, and management of information resources in teaching, learning, scholarship, and research. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:53 GMT Blackboard Closes Financing with Leading Local Entrepreneur <b>4/29/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. today announced the successful completion of private equity financing with Ching-Ho Fung, a leading local entrepreneur with experience growing hi-tech companies. <br><br> "Ching-Ho Fung is exactly the type of investor Blackboard has been looking for" said Blackboard's Chairman and CEO Matthew Pittinsky. "Beyond committing the financial resources necessary to help fuel Blackboard's expansion, Ching-Ho knows how to grow hi-tech companies smartly and will be a fantastic addition to our management team." <br><br> Currently President of telecommunications firm IDX International, Inc., Mr. Fung is Blackboard's lead investor and will join the Company's Board of Directors. Before taking the helm of IDX, Mr. Fung was co-Founder of Performix Inc., a Virginia-based software company that was acquired by Pure Software in a transaction which exceeded $60 million. <br><br> "After completing the acquisition of Performix, I began searching the Washington-area for a fast growing start-up that I thought had the team and technology necessary to make it big in a fast growing marketplace" said Ching-Ho Fung. "Blackboard, with its emphasis on standards-based products that enable on-line learning, met every one of my criteria. It clearly stands out as one of the most promising young Internet companies in our area." <br><br> Blackboard is a leading provider of technologies the help make the Internet more useful for teaching and learning. The Company creates powerful software tools for hosting "virtual" campuses, university intranets and on-line corporate training environments. Its products enable organizations to host classes and training over the Internet. <br><br> According to Blackboard's President Michael L. Chasen, "Blackboard's private equity financing will allow the Company to accelerate the expansion of our product line and meet what has been amazing market demand." <br><br> At the center of Blackboard's product line is CourseInfo, a course management system that leading institutions such as Cornell University, Yale University, Mortgage Bankers and Halton College (UK) are using to deliver instruction on-line. Recent CourseInfo clients also include the Ithaca Unified School District and University of Pittsburgh, according to Daniel Cane, President of CourseInfo LLC who will also be joining Blackboard's Board of Directors pending the successful completion of a Blackboard/CourseInfo merger. <br><br> Since June 1997, Blackboard has been a leading participant in a high-profile standards project for on-line learning technologies called Instructional Management Systems (IMS). Sponsored by Educom, a nonprofit consortium of over 600 higher education institutions, IMS investment members include Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, IBM, International Thomson Publishing, KPMG Peat Marwick, numerous universities and others. As the Project's primary technical contractor, Blackboard has been a significant source of expertise in designing the IMS standards which show major promise for wide-scale adoption by the entire on-line education marketplace. <br><br> Terms of Blackboard's private placement are not being disclosed. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:53 GMT Blackboard Announces Development of IMS-based Course Delivery Tools <b>4/29/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. today announced a major internal development effort to launch a full line of software products that will help university faculty deliver courses over the World Wide Web. The products are based on CourseInfo, a leading web-based course management system, and will utilize technologies developed by Blackboard on behalf of a major industry cooperative that includes universities, publishers, technology companies, federal agencies and others. <br><br> "Blackboard's upcoming merger with CourseInfo gives us a fantastic opportunity to provide higher education with a web-based course management system that leverages our work with the Educom Instructional Management Systems project" said Blackboard Chairman and CEO Matthew Pittinsky. "As the primary technical contractor to IMS, Blackboard has long been a supporter of open standards for Internet-based education. All Blackboard products will be based on IMS in the short term and fully IMS compliant as the standard evolves." <br><br> Blackboard is a leading provider of technologies the help make the Internet more useful for teaching and learning. The Company creates powerful software tools for hosting "virtual" campuses, university intranets and on-line corporate training environments. Its products enable organizations to host classes and training over the World Wide Web. <br><br> At the center of Blackboard's product line is CourseInfo, a course management system that leading institutions such as Cornell University, Yale University, Mortgage Bankers and Halton College (UK) are using to deliver instruction on-line. Recent CourseInfo clients also include the Ithaca Unified School District and University of Pittsburgh, according to Daniel Cane, President of CourseInfo LLC who will be joining Blackboard as a Vice President and member of its Board of Directors. <br><br> CourseInfo and Blackboard have recently signed an agreement to merge in a transaction that is nearing final completion. <br><br> Since June 1997, Blackboard has been a leading participant in the IMS standards project. Sponsored by Educom, a nonprofit consortium of over 600 higher education institutions, IMS investment members include Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, IBM, International Thomson Publishing, KPMG Peat Marwick, numerous universities and others. As the project's primary development contractor, Blackboard has been a significant source of expertise in designing the IMS standards. In addition, Blackboard has been contracted by Educom to create an IMS-based "example" system that is currently being tested by eleven U.S. and international universities. <br><br> "Few people know IMS better than Blackboard" stated Michael Pettit, Blackboard's Chief Systems Architect. "We think IMS will quickly become a viable architecture on which to build on-line education related systems, and a strong competitive advantage for Blackboard's product line." <br><br> Among the other products currently under development by Blackboard are "Classroom" and "Campus." Classroom is server software that allows an instructor to host stand-alone courses. It includes features such as easy course creation wizards, on-line syllabi, full collaboration tools, authoring tools, assessment wizards, student and course web pages, and more. Campus is a scalable version of "Classroom" designed for an organization to host numerous classes in a full-scale virtual campus with additional features like a virtual student center, interfaces into existing administrative systems and more. It is being designed as an "Enterprise" grade system. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:53 GMT Blackboard Named &quot;Best Early-Stage Company&quot; in Major Venture Fair <b>5/25/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. today announced it was recently named "Best Early Stage Company" by a panel of venture capitalists at the New Jersey Venture Fair (NJVF), a high-profile event that featured over sixty east coast companies seeking equity financing. Blackboard's award at NJVF follows the Company's selection to be one of twenty-five east coast companies invited to present at the prestigious Early Stage East Conference in June. <br><br> "Blackboard's selection by the judges at the New Jersey Venture Fair reaffirms the fantastic opportunity that we have in the fast-growing marketplace of on-line learning," said Matthew Pittinsky, Blackboard's Chairman and CEO. "We are pleased that members of the venture capital community recognize the strong combination of market, technical, and management resources that have already established Blackboard as a leader in what is a nascent field of small start-ups." <br><br> Blackboard is a leading provider of technologies the help make the Internet more useful for teaching and learning. The Company creates powerful software tools for hosting "virtual" campuses, university intranets and on-line corporate training environments. Today, over 7,100 people teach and learn in virtual classrooms powered by Blackboard's software, a number that will grow to approx. 50,000 in four months as current clients bring additional courses on-line. <br><br> At the center of Blackboard's product line is CourseInfo, a course management system that leading institutions such as Cornell University, Yale University, Mortgage Bankers Association and Halton College (UK) are using to deliver instruction on-line. <br><br> The New Jersey Venture Fair, sponsored by the New Jersey Technology Council, represents the official kick-off of a first-stage venture financing round by Blackboard. According to Blackboard's Investment Coordinator Stephano Kim, "Blackboard's upcoming venture financing will allow the Company to meet an overwhelming number of qualified sales opportunities that have been generated by our marketing and sales team." <br><br> Among the differentiators of Blackboard's product line, since June 1997, Blackboard has been a leading participant in a high-profile standards project for on-line learning technologies called Instructional Management Systems (IMS). Sponsored by Educom, a nonprofit consortium of over 600 higher education institutions, IMS investment members include Microsoft, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, IBM, International Thomson Publishing, KPMG Peat Marwick, numerous universities and others. As the Project's primary technical contractor, Blackboard has been a significant source of expertise in designing the IMS standards which show major promise for wide-scale adoption by the entire on-line education marketplace. <br><br> New Jrsey Technology Council can be found on the World Wide Web at <a href="http://www.njtc.org">www.njtc.org</a>. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:53 GMT GEO Interactive and Blackboard Partner to Unleash the Power of Audio and Video in Online Learning <b>10/20/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - GEO Interactive (LSE:GIM.L), provider of the Emblaze® suite of multimedia tools, and Blackboard Inc., a leading provider of Web-based learning environments, today announced a strategic partnership and the release of Blackboard Emblaze. <br><br> Built on GEO~s Emblaze technology, Blackboard Emblaze incorporates GEO~s streaming audio and video technology into Blackboard~s line of Web-based learning environments. <br><br> "Emblaze and Blackboard~s line of products are natural complements," said Hamid Kohan, vice president, OEM Business for GEO Interactive. "Both offerings are designed especially for the Web and feature a plug-in free architecture, ensuring that users everywhere can have quick, easy access to multimedia-enabled course content-at any modem speed." <br><br> "We are excited about our partnership with GEO Interactive," agreed Blackboard Chairman and CEO Matthew Pittinsky. "It~s not simply the availability of audio and video through Blackboard Emblaze, it~s the ease-of-use factor, including the freedom from plug-ins and the drag-and-drop approach to content migration and uploading." Added Pittinsky, "With students all over the world teaching and learning in Blackboard~s virtual classrooms, eliminating the hassles of incorporating and using audio and video finally takes online education to a new level." <br><br> GEO~s suite of Emblaze tools converts "legacy" audio and video learning materials, including content created for CD-ROMs, into a Web-ready streaming format. The Emblaze technology enables seamless distribution of multimedia content over Blackboard~s online course platforms such as Blackboard CourseInfo and Blackboard Classroom. With the integration of Emblaze technology, neither server software nor client-side plug-ins are required to create or use Blackboard~s Web-based CourseSites. <br><br><strong> An Exploding Market For Online Learning </strong><br><br> Blackboard is a leader in the emerging, high-growth market for online education software. According to CCA Consulting, nearly 50 percent of higher education institutions currently engage in online distance learning and, as a group, expect to spend over $1.5 billion during the upcoming academic year. As recently as 1995, penetration of campus networks had reached 83 percent for higher education as a whole, and 100 percent for universities. When combined with training and other providers of education, the National Institute of Standards and Technology expects the online learning marketplace to reach $46 billion by the year 2005. <br><br> "With this announcement," said GEO~s Kohan, "GEO Interactive is moving aggressively toward becoming the multimedia technology standard for educators worldwide." <br><br><strong> Strategic Partnership Around IMS Standards </strong><br><br> In addition to the release of Blackboard Emblaze, Blackboard and GEO have announced expanded collaboration to jointly implement a set of emerging technical standards for online learning technologies called IMS (<a href="http://www.imsproject.org">www.imsproject.org</a>). According to GEO~s Kohan, "One of the reasons we chose Blackboard as a partner is its role as the primary technical contractor to the IMS project. They have been a leading force behind open standards." <br><br> Produced by a cooperative of universities and organizations such as Microsoft, Sun, Oracle, IBM, Simon & Schuster and International Thomson Publishing, IMS is the industry standards body for online learning products. Since the project~s beginning, Blackboard has served as IMS~s primary technical contractor. <br><br><strong> About GEO Interactive </strong><br><br> GEO Interactive develops leading-edge authoring tools for producing streaming multimedia content on the Internet. GEO~s technology, called Emblaze, enables the creation of Web multimedia content that streams over low bandwidth modems and is scalable to intranet speeds. North American headquarters is based in Woodland Hills, Calif., with worldwide headquarters located in Israel. The company is traded on the London Stock Exchange under the trading symbol GIM.L. More information about GEO can be found at www.emblaze.com </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:53 GMT Blackboard Announces Release Of Blackboard CourseInfo 2.0 <b>11/2/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. today announced a December, 1998 release date for the newest version of its popular Blackboard CourseInfo server application. Developed to power Web-based learning environments, Blackboard CourseInfo 2.0 will support online classes at major universities such as Cornell University, Georgetown University, Yale University, Tufts University and University of Pittsburgh. Previewed today at the League for Innovation conference in Miami, Florida, CourseInfo 2.0 incorporates plug-in free video and audio, support for emerging IMS standards in meta-data, high-end scalability, and availability on both Unix and Windows NT platforms. <br><br> "For over two years, Cornell has used CourseInfo as the heart of its Web-based instructional environment," explained Ann Stunden, Director of Academic Technology Services at Cornell University, an official test site for CourseInfo 2.0. "Blackboard~s products are a core piece of our instructional technology infrastructure and we couldn~t be happier with the way CourseInfo has jumped ahead in version 2.0." <br><br> Blackboard CourseInfo is the market leading software application for hosting "virtual" campuses and university Intranets. Part of a three-tier product line, Blackboard CourseInfo is used to supplement traditional courses, and to deliver distance learning to remote users. The software provides universities with a turn-key solution for creating, delivering and managing online courses. <br><br> "In creating Blackboard CourseInfo 2.0, our development team worked extensively with customers to identify and implement critical new features and functionality," commented Blackboard~s Chairman and CEO Matthew Pittinsky. "We set out to mix high-end technology with an unwavering focus on ease of use, and by all accounts succeeded. CourseInfo 2.0 is one more step towards providing colleges and universities with a full enterprise academic solution." <br><br><strong> New Features Make CourseInfo Easier to Use </strong><br><br> "The University of Pittsburgh undertook an extensive analysis of Web-based instructional management tools before deciding to adopt CourseInfo from Blackboard," said Robert F. Pack, Vice Provost at the University of Pittsburgh, an official test site for CourseInfo 2.0. "Although we deliberately limited access to the package to ensure that we would be able to put in place appropriate support mechanisms, demand from faculty to utilize CourseInfo has been so remarkable that we will increase the number of course sections from 20 in the Fall term to nearly 80 in the Spring term. Our faculty have been quite pleased with the adaptability and ease of use of CourseInfo, and it has proven quite easy to support. With its newest version, CourseInfo 2.0, Blackboard will be able to deliver all the features our faculty require to offer rich Web-based elements to their classes." <br><br> Blackboard CourseInfo 2.0 incorporates a range of new features, including a course calendar, automatic upload of sequenced Web files, content reordering and searching, greater site customization, expanded student assessment, and new system administration tools. These features have been packaged into CourseInfo~s popular user interface, which provides instructors and students with an easy-to-use course creation, delivery and management control panel. <br><br> Also of note within CourseInfo 2.0 is the product~s support for Blackboard~s Emblaze technology, licensed from GEO Interactive. Blackboard Emblaze enables instructors to create courses with streaming audio and video learning materials without requiring instructors and students to download cumbersome Internet plug-ins. <br><br><strong> Scalability to Support Entire Campuses and Support for IMS </strong><br><br> In keeping with Blackboard~s vision of supporting entire networked campuses, CourseInfo 2.0 delivers more than a ten-fold increase in scalability over its predecessor, enabling universities to meet the high demand of faculty and students engaging in online learning. Much of the power behind CourseInfo will be leveraged in Blackboard Campus, the Company~s upcoming "enterprise" system for full-scale virtual campuses. <br><br> Supporting Blackboard~s work as the primary technical contractor to the EDUCAUSE IMS standards project, CourseInfo 2.0 is the first Web-based learning environment to implement published IMS approaches to meta-data. "Meta-data is a technology for labeling learning materials on the Web," explained Dan Cane, Blackboard~s Senior Vice President for Customer Services. "Consider it the bar code or card catalogue for learning materials so faculty don't get lost in a sea of irrelevant links." <br><br><strong> Pricing and Availability </strong><br><br> Blackboard CourseInfo 2.0 is scheduled for general availability in December 1998. The product will support the popular UNIX and Windows NT platforms. CourseInfo 2.0 will be priced at $5,000 per server per year for unlimited courses and users. Premium support and consulting services for deployments will be available separately. For sales information, please contact Blackboard at (202) 463-4860 or sales@blackboard.net. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:53 GMT Sylvan Learning Systems and Blackboard Collaborate to Deliver Web-Based Testing for Distance Learning Programs <b>11/9/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. (NASDQ: SLVN) and Blackboard Inc. today announced their intent to integrate Sylvan's computer-based test delivery capabilities with Blackboard's virtual campus systems to deliver distance learning tests in a secure environment throughout the world. Through this collaboration, colleges, universities and other organizations will be able to offer secure assessment as part of their distance learning programs. <br><br> According to CCA Consulting, nearly 50% of higher education institutions currently engage in online distance learning and, as a group, expect to spend over $1.5 billion this academic year. "Nevertheless, for too long the promise of distance learning has been inhibited by concerns over how to deliver key assessments in a secure manner," explained Jeffrey Cohen, Vice President for Sylvan Prometric (Sylvan's computer-based testing division). "Our work with Blackboard will allow distance learning programs to use the more than 1,300 Sylvan Prometric's testing centers to provide convenient access to their students around the world". <br><br> Matthew Pittinsky, Chairman and CEO of Blackboard stated, "We provide the software infrastructure that universities adopt to launch and manage their virtual campuses. Our customers are leading universities who care a great deal about the academic integrity of their on-line learning programs, and we are addressing those concerns by affiliating with Sylvan Prometric, the world's premier test delivery organization." <br><br> Both companies presented this initiative at Results '98, Sylvan's annual computer-based testing and training conference. The next release of Blackboard~s CourseInfo, in December 1998, will support this integration. Universities who use CourseInfo, or any of Blackboard's products, will be able to offer Web-based assessments via Sylvan Prometric's global testing network. Students around the world can take a test at a local Sylvan Prometric center. Sylvan will provide authentication, proctoring, and other security services. Results will be routed back to the original campuses' Blackboard installation for grading and record management. <br><br><strong> Strategic Partnership Around IMS Standard </strong><br><br> Sylvan and Blackboard also will expand their collaboration and support of an emerging technical standard for on-line learning products called IMS (www.imsproject.org). Through their involvement in the IMS project, Sylvan and Blackboard will base their common technical "hooks" on open standards that ensure greater flexibility for growth in the future. <br><br><strong> About Sylvan Learning Systems Inc. <br><br></strong> Sylvan Learning Systems, Inc. is the leading provider of educational services to families, schools and industry. The company provides lifelong education services for academic admissions, Information Technology and professional certification programs; the Sylvan Learning Centers division provides personalized instructional services to students of all ages and skill levels; and the Sylvan Contract Educational Services division provides supplemental educational, development and consulting services under contract to large urban school districts. Sylvan subsidiaries include the PACE Group, which provides corporate consulting, training and professional development services, the Canter Group, which delivers professional development and graduate degree programs for teachers, Wall Street Institute and ASPECT, which deliver English language instruction to adult professionals and college students. Through its affiliate, Caliber Learning Network, Inc., Sylvan has the ability to distribute world-class adult professional education and training programs. Sylvan's services are delivered through its network of more than 3,000 educational testing centers around the globe. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Blackboard Inc. Closes First Round of Venture Financing <b>11/9/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. today announced it has closed a $3.1 million first round of venture financing from three Mid-Atlantic technology funds. The investment comes from a syndicate of three venture capital firms co-led by Novak Biddle Venture Partners and the Internet Capital Group, and supported by The Aurora Funds Inc. Blackboard intends to use the proceeds to continue its rapid expansion of market share among universities which operate "virtual" campuses and internal Academic intranets. The offering was oversubscribed. <br><br> "This latest capital infusion allows Blackboard to solidify its position as a leader in the online education industry," stated Matthew Pittinsky, co-founder and Chairman of Blackboard Inc. "The addition of venture partners enables the Company to complete its evolution into a full enterprise systems provider. More and more universities are making Blackboard~s products a key piece of their technology infrastructure for the academic, or ~front office~ computing side." <br><br> Blackboard is a leader in the emerging, high-growth market for online education software. Universities use Blackboard~s Course Management Systems to deliver and manage courses over the World Wide Web, either as a supplement to their classroom-based instruction or as a vehicle for distance learning. In addition to longstanding customers such as Cornell University, Yale University and University of Pittsburgh, new Blackboard clients include Georgetown University and the College of William and Mary. <br><br> According to CCA Consulting, nearly 50% of higher education institutions currently engage in online distance learning and, as a group, expect to spend more than $1.5 billion during the upcoming academic year (a 300% growth rate). On the Academic Intranet side, penetration of campus networks has reached 83% for higher education as a whole, and 100% for universities. When combined with training and other providers of education, the National Institute of Standards and Technology expects the total online learning marketplace to reach $46 billion by the year 2005. <br><br> "Online education is clearly a high-growth market," explained Roger Novak of Novak Biddle Venture Partners. Blackboards products effectively harness this growth and their work supporting the IMS industry standards provides them with a clear competitive advantage. Becoming the ~front-office~ system for education and training is a multi-billion dollar opportunity." <br><br> Doug Alexander of Internet Capital Group added, "The Company has a proprietary technology that embraces the open standards of the Internet, yet is very easy to use. These are the keys to the online education market. Blackboard is clearly focused on a niche with tremendous growth potential and, best of all, already has a very large and loyal client base from which to build." <br><br><strong> About the Venture Funds: </strong><br><br> Novak Biddle Ventures, established in 1997, is based in Northern Virginia. The firm provides equity financing and assistance to the management of young information technology companies. Novak Biddle seeks situations where the combination of ideas, dollars, experience and relationships can create long-term, sustainable value. <br><br> Internet Capital Group, based out of Philadelphia, primarily invests in Internet software and service companies. ICG~s capital was raised from strategic investors who give its portfolio companies a distinct competitive advantage. Among ICG~s largest investors are Comcast Corporation, Compaq Computer Corporation and Safeguard Scientifics. <br><br> The Aurora Funds, Inc. is a venture capital firm based in the Research Triangle in North Carolina that invests primarily in emerging technology-based companies in the Southeastern United States. Currently, there are three funds under management, Aurora Ventures, LLC, Aurora Bright Fund, and Aurora Ventures II, LLC. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT W.W. Norton Selects Blackboard Classroom as Online Content Delivery System <b>11/24/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. and W.W. Norton & Company, Inc. today announced a joint agreement to provide adopters of Norton books with rich collections of supporting materials within Blackboard Classroom, Blackboard's centrally-hosted Course Management System. Norton will begin its Blackboard courses based on its textbooks in American history, music appreciation, American government, literature, and psychology. The agreement between Norton and Blackboard will provide instructors and students with a valuable, content-rich online education experience. <br><br> "We are delighted to have Blackboard as a partner as we take the next step in college publishing," said Fred McFarland, Manager of Distance Learning at W.W. Norton & Company. "For ten years we~ve been enhancing our books with various electronic supplements. Recently we~ve moved to Web-based online resources, and have been searching for an easy-to-use course environment that could be available to any faculty member to use with our books without relying on their university~s own purchasing decisions. Blackboard Classroom provides such an environment that is both full featured and easy to use. We look forward to providing instructors with a rich resource of materials in the Blackboard Classroom." <br><br> Blackboard Classroom is a free Web site available for professors to build online courses with a variety of tools. Part of a larger product line, Blackboard Classroom is powered by the same technology as Blackboard's CourseInfo server software that universities use to manage their own online learning environments. Blackboard Classroom is used by more than 1,000 instructors from colleges and universities around the world to supplement their traditional courses or to deliver distance learning to remote users. <br><br> "Norton has long been a leader in publishing textbooks that set the tone for other publishing in the field, and so we are pleased that Norton selected Blackboard Classroom as an environment of choice to offer Web-based course materials that supplement their textbooks," stated Matthew Pittinsky, Chairman and co-founder of Blackboard Inc. "Our relationship with Norton serves as one more reason for instructors to adopt Blackboard Classroom when looking to put their course online." <br><br><strong> About Norton </strong><br><br> In 1923 W. Warder Norton founded his company to publish in pamphlet form lectures delivered at the People~s Institute, the adult division of Cooper Union in New York City. Initially, these pamphlets were sold by subscription throughout the United States. But soon the demand outgrew his ability to supply them, and with some of the reigning intellectuals of the day as authors, he turned to publishing books, both for the trade and the college market. The company grew and flourished. During the last ten years, the company emerged as a prominent international player with the creation of W. W. Norton & Company Ltd. in London and with agencies in Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, and Latin America. In this partnership with Blackboard, Norton returns to its roots by making its materials available to anyone, anyplace. More information about Norton can be found at <a href="http://www.wwnorton.com">www.wwnorton.com</a>. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Blackboard Inc. Expands Management Team with Four Key Hires <b>12/1/1998 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc., a leading provider of online Course Management Systems for colleges and universities, today announced the addition of four new executives to its senior management team. The new executives include: Louis Pugliese, Chief Executive Officer; Mansour T. Tannas, Director of Business Development; Jim Kabbani, Director of CourseInfo Sales; and Andrew Rosen, General Counsel. <br><br> "Having experienced exponential growth in the last quarter, we are very pleased to welcome these four seasoned professionals to our management team," stated Matthew Pittinsky, co-founder and Chairman of Blackboard Inc. "Their combined 65 years of experience will reinforce our leadership position in the online education industry and strengthen the Company's strategic direction. Their commitment and energy validates our business plan." <br><br> Blackboard is a leader in the high-growth market for online education. Universities use Blackboard's Course Management Systems to deliver and manage courses over the World Wide Web, as a supplement to their classroom-based instruction and a vehicle for distance learning. Blackboard customers include Cornell University, Yale University, University of Pittsburgh, Georgetown University, Tufts University and the College of William and Mary. <br><br><strong> Background on the New Executives: </strong><br><br> As Blackboard's new CEO, Louis C. Pugliese will oversee all day-to-day operations of the Company. Mr. Pugliese has been involved in the education industry for over 15 years and brings to Blackboard extensive experience in business development, project management, and strategic planning in start-up businesses. Prior to Blackboard, Mr. Pugliese served as Vice President and COO of the education division of ETC, a subsidiary of Denver-based Telecommunications Inc (TCI). Prior to ETC, Mr. Pugliese was Director of Marketing and Sales with Scholastic New Media in New York, and Vice President of Turner Educational Services in Atlanta. At Turner he successfully launched CNN Newsroom, and other educational ventures in K-12 and Higher Education. <br><br> "With the recent completion of its first round of venture capital financing, Blackboard is well positioned to capitalize on its strong customer base and clear market momentum," stated Mr. Pugliese. "In an environment of rapid growth, our challenge is to capture a substantial piece of several targeted vertical markets, quickly. Online education is clearly a very big opportunity." <br><br> Mansour T. Tannas, Blackboard's new Director of Business Development, has over 15 years of sales and management experience. Mr. Tannas was most recently employed by Thinking Machines Corporation in Massachusetts as Senior Sales Executive and Business Development Manager responsible for all sales activities in the New England, western Pennsylvania and Delaware areas. Prior to that, Mr. Tannas was in charge of North American Business Development with Lotus Development Corporation where he sold the single largest deal in Lotus Education history. He has also worked with Open Environment Corporation, Stratus Computer, Inc., and Bull Information Systems, all in sales and business development roles. <br><br> In his new role as Director of CourseInfo Sales, Jim Kabbani will spearhead Blackboard's growing higher education sales effort. Mr. Kabbani has 16 years of extensive experience managing small and large sales forces and setting up distribution networks and reseller organizations both domestically and internationally. Mr. Kabbani was most recently associated with Analytical Engines Corp. in Virginia and prior to that was with CWI SureCom as the Director of National Sales Programs. <br><br> Andrew Rosen, Blackboard's new General Counsel, comes to the Company from the New York law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel, where he specialized in tax law and advised investment banks, hedge and venture funds, and domestic and foreign issuer companies in the structuring of numerous financing transactions, mergers and acquisitions. Prior to Cahill, Mr. Rosen was with Parker Chapin Flattau & Klimpl, guiding start-up companies and structuring transactions including initial public offerings, and previously, with Coopers & Lybrand. In addition to traditional legal affairs, Mr. Rosen will manage the Blackboard's initial financial operations. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Blackboard Inc. today announced that more than 75 colleges and universit <b>2/4/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. today announced that more than 75 colleges and universities have selected the Blackboard CourseInfoTM course management system to add an online component to their curriculum. Leading institutions such as Arizona State University, University of Southern California, Community College of Allegheny County, Harvard University, Oregon State University, St. Joseph~s University, The College of William and Mary, the University of Mississippi, the University of Nebraska (Lincoln), the University of Tennessee (Knoxville), and Virginia Polytechnic Institute will use Blackboard CourseInfo to add a Web-based component to traditional classroom instruction, or to deliver distance learning courses via the Internet. <br><br> "We are delighted to see a cross section of colleges and universities embrace Web-based instruction in unique and compelling ways with the Blackboard platform," said Matthew Pittinsky, chairman and co-founder of Blackboard. "The Web offers clear pedagogical benefits in course delivery. It~s gratifying to see community colleges, private liberal arts institutions, and large research universities choose Blackboard CourseInfo as an effective platform to bring education online." <br><br> The University of Mississippi is now using Blackboard CourseInfo to augment a wide range of courses, from Spanish-American Drama to Neuronic Disorders in Language. Kathy Gates, Director of Support Services and a Research Professor in Computer Science, attributes the product~s success over alternatives to a number of factors: "CourseInfo has a clean and simple instructional interface so faculty can very quickly and easily put materials online. In addition, the course statistics generated by CourseInfo enable faculty to gauge the effectiveness of their sites in engaging students. Finally, the fact that Blackboard is committed to industry standards enables us to position the university in the expanding distance learning market because any materials developed for CourseInfo will still be usable in the future." <br><br> The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, started using Blackboard CourseInfo in January 1999. "Choosing a course management system to deliver online course materials is a crucial decision for a university," said Susan Metros, Director of Innovative Technologies at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. "The Innovative Technologies Collaborative (ITC) spent over a year intensely researching a variety of course management systems before unanimously choosing Blackboard CourseInfo. CourseInfo is our faculty~s top choice based upon its ease of use, well-designed interface, full palette of features, online help, and readily available and knowledgeable support from Blackboard." <br><br> The College of William and Mary is conducting a pilot project for its Humanities faculty. Feedback has been so positive that faculty from all disciplines have already been added at their own request. "It~s a testament to CourseInfo~s ease of use and quality course management toolset that we didn~t even have to promote it to the rest of the faculty; they came to us and asked for it," said Loretta Early, Director of Information Technology Training and Faculty Development at the College. "We also are excited by the positive feedback we have received from students enrolled in courses enhanced by their professor~s use of CourseInfo. We anticipate campus-wide deployment by this fall. We were attracted to the product by how easy it was to put professional-looking pages up on the Web and by Blackboard~s vision." Carolyn Cosgriff, Information Technology Analyst and Course Management Tools Project Manager, at the College added: "Blackboard~s clear vision of online education, not just with respect to this project, but also with respect to the IMS standards initiative and product roadmap was important to us". <br><br> The Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC) is using Blackboard CourseInfo in its "Link 2 Learn" initiative, sponsored by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, both within the College and with local high schools. "What has amazed the faculty most is CourseInfo~s ease of use," said Dr. Christina Russell, the project director at CCAC. "Some of our teachers started with little technical knowledge and are able to see immediate success in building their own course Web sites because no programming or HTML skills are required." Dr. Russell has a background in instructional design and believes that CourseInfo is the only software that fully supports the principles of instructional design for electronic course delivery. <br><br> With penetration of campus networks reaching 83% for higher education as a whole, and half of all college students owning personal computers, the Internet is fast becoming an important component of higher education academic programs. Yet having grown by 500% in just four years, research suggests that only one-fourth (22.5%) of all college courses are using Web pages for class materials and resources, compared to 8.4% in 1996 and 4.0% in 1994. In response to heavy demand by students and instructors, universities are adopting systems like Blackboard CourseInfo to standardize and simplify activities such as course creation, management, communication, online testing, and more. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Blackboard Launches Free Course Web Site Service <b>3/8/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. today launched the first free online classroom service, at <a href="http://www.blackboard.com/">http://www.blackboard.com/</a>. Through Blackboard.com, any industry expert can create and distribute their own online course, and instructors at universities, K-12 schools and corporate training organizations can add an online component to their classroom-based courses. In addition, Blackboard.com provides online communities for teachers and learners worldwide to exchange information and ideas. Using the Internets strengths in communication, collaboration and content, entrepreneurial instructors can now provide courses directly to a marketplace of learners, at a price they set. <br><br> Blackboard.com provides instructors with easy-to-use templates to build and maintain free online classrooms, including course documents, communication and collaboration tools, online assessments and more. Instructors can charge for access to their classrooms, and all classrooms include access to a built-in e-commerce channel for learning materials and other services that add value to the subject being taught. A successful trial of the online course service was completed last year, with instructors creating more than 1,000 pilot course sites on the system. <br><br> The informal learning marketplace -- courses provided independently of schools, colleges and universities -- today accounts for roughly $100 billion of the $600 billion education and training market. By dramatically reducing the traditional overhead of marketing and facilities, Blackboard.com provides entrepreneurial instructors with a low-cost distribution channel. Typically these courses are non-accredited, addressing soft-skills subjects, lifelong learning, and general interest - many of them by people already known as experts in their respective fields. <br><br> "With Blackboard.com, we are allowing anybody with something to teach, and anyone with something to learn, to connect in our free online classrooms," said Matthew Pittinsky, chairman and co-founder of Blackboard. "We expect everyone from wine aficionados to historians to offer their classes online to a worldwide audience of learners. We also expect teachers to use Blackboard.com to enhance their traditional school-based classes with a supplemental online learning environment. For Blackboard, the business model includes subject-specific site sponsorships, management of course fees, and other e-commerce." <br><br> With most Internet analysts predicting the rise of vertical industry Web sites, free online classrooms give Blackboard.com an advantage both in terms of its visitor aggregation model and ~stickiness~: typically 20 students must visit Blackboard.com for every instructor recruited, and each student spends around two hours per week in a Blackboard online classroom. Managing course fees and providing subject- and user-targeted sponsorship and e-commerce opportunities are expected to be significant features of the Web site. Higher education students alone are expected to spend $3.9 billion online in 2002, according to Jupiter Communications. <br><br> In addition to providing the worlds first free course Web site service, Blackboard.com features several targeted online communities to foster communication and the exchange of ideas between teachers and learners worldwide. The sites first discussion areas will target teachers of online courses, adult learners, professionals involved with distance learning, and educators seeking to share effective online learning strategies. By combining free course Web sites with targeted online discussion communities, Blackboard.com provides a unique online environment for anyone involved in teaching and learning. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Blackboard Taps PeopleSoft and IBM for Industry Veterans <b>3/22/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. today announced the expansion of its senior management team with industry veterans from PeopleSoft and IBM. The new hires are Anne Keehn, Vice President of Sales (formerly of PeopleSoft), and Neal Nored, Vice President of Product Development (formerly of IBM). Blackboards senior management team now has more than 100 years of combined experience in education and technology, strengthening the companys position as a leader in the online education market. <br><br> "Both Anne and Neal have proven track records with companies that provide solutions to significant challenges that have traditionally faced learning institutions," said Louis C. Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard. "The additions of Anne and Neal give Blackboard a strategic advantage and critical leadership in developing and bringing innovative products to the education market. Their experience underscores our mission to help institutions apply technology to the business of teaching and learning." <br><br> Anne Keehn joins Blackboard as Vice President of Sales from PeopleSoft, where she managed sales and marketing within its Higher Education Industry Business Unit. Ms. Keehn has more than 18 years of sales and management experience, including 10 years in the higher education market with PeopleSoft and Datatel. "Over the past 10 years, colleges and universities have been wiring their campuses and updating their administrative infrastructures. Now, with the proliferation of the Internet and e-commerce, institutions are immersed in decisions about how to enhance and deliver educational programs online," she explained. "Blackboard understands that this is the next wave and is delivering products today to enhance teaching and learning." <br><br> Neal Nored joins Blackboard as Vice President of Product Development from IBM Corporation, where he was a Technical Strategist for the company~s education projects and an active participant in the EDUCAUSE IMS standards project. Mr. Nored brings to Blackboard more than 30 years of software architecture, design and development management experience, particularly in elementary education, higher education and commercial training. "Blackboard~s the only company I~ve seen with a complete product line to help customers move from single course Web sites to entire online campuses," he said. "Combine Blackboard~s product strength today with its role in shaping the emerging IMS standards, and you have an extremely compelling opportunity. I~m excited to be on board." </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Blackboard and Archipelago Productions Announce the Delivery and Administration of Archipelago’s Pioneering netCD Course Content from within the Blackboard Course Management System <b>4/8/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc., an online education company providing one of the world's most popular and effective platforms for teaching and learning over the Internet, and Archipelago Productions, a pioneering developer of interactive multimedia course content for higher education, today announce the delivery of Archipelago's Course Content Packet for use within all Blackboard platforms for the Fall 1999 academic term. Archipelago's course listings in Blackboard.com, Blackboard CourseInfo and Blackboard Campus for Fall 1999 will include Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, General Chemistry I, and Physics I (calculus-based). Additional course listings for Spring 2000 will include General Chemistry II, Physics II, and Introduction to Biology. The announcement was made at the Blackboard Summit, a conference of more than 250 educators, policymakers and technology companies gathered to discuss the growth of online education among colleges and universities. <br><br> Acknowledging today's bandwidth limitations, Archipelago Online Courses are delivered in a hybrid “netCD” environment, leveraging both CD-ROM and Internet technologies. The Archipelago/Blackboard Course Content Packet allows instructors to easily export Archipelago's Web-based content modules into Blackboard's course management system, from where they may be accessed in correspondence with the Multimedia Lessons on the Archipelago Course CD-ROM. <br><br> All Archipelago course content is fully customizable by instructors. Blackboard's standard course tools allow for easy modification of Web-based course content, while Archipelago's unique editing tool allow instructors to add text or audio notes to a lesson, or reorganize, delete, modify, or create entirely new screens within the Archipelago Lesson environment. Changes and additions to the original CD-ROM lesson presentation are saved to custom files, which are posted to the course Web site for student download. Instructor modifications are then seamlessly incorporated into the multimedia presentation for student viewing. <br><br> In addition to delivering Archipelago's Web-based content, Blackboard's course management systems include a conferencing system, online chat, group project and communication tools, searchable databases, student progress reports and evaluation tools, and record-keeping functionality. <br><br> <strong>About Archipelago Productions</strong><br> Archipelago is an educational multimedia publisher and a Harcourt Learning Company. Archipelago is dedicated to bringing quality content and interactive learning to students in asynchronous learning environments. Archipelago courses are developed collaboratively by an in-house team of subject matter experts, instructional designers and technologists, working together with academic professionals. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Blackboard Campus makes the Online Campus a Reality for Teaching and Learning--Anytime, Anywhere <b>4/9/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc., the leading online education company, today announced the release of Blackboard Campus™, the world's first enterprise-level system for creating, maintaining and delivering a turnkey online campus to the higher education marketplace. Flexible enough to enhance on-campus courses or deliver entire degree programs to distance learners, Blackboard Campus is a critical new course management system that unifies previously incompatible and disparate academic computing tools. Blackboard announced the implementation of Blackboard Campus at five beta sites: Florida State University, Pace University, Mortgage Bankers Association, Georgetown University and Boston University School of Management. <br><br> Students, educators and other visitors to Blackboard Campus Web sites experience a thriving, interactive and customized online environment that provides access to core academic programs as well as the personality of campus life. The heart of the institution, its teaching and learning, is extended beyond the classroom into a 24-hour online environment. In addition to electronic course delivery, Blackboard Campus opens online access to everything from class registration and intramural sign-ups to bookstore purchases, alumni outreach programs and up-to-the-minute announcements. Blackboard Campus is particularly unique because it is implemented, integrated and hosted locally – ending a reliance on third party resources. Furthermore, Blackboard Campus is based on open, scalable technologies so a virtual campus can evolve within an institution's own timeframe, without recurring charges or concerns over intellectual property control. <br><br> “At Florida State we are taking a holistic approach to online initiatives so we can fully integrate our campus computing into a ‘one-stop-shopping' experience for students,” commented Larry Conrad, assistant vice president and chief information officer for Florida State University. “Blackboard Campus enables us to leverage our significant technology investments so our students can receive a ‘Florida State' experience no matter where they are. It is also important for us to work with Blackboard because they are committed to the higher education arena and willing to become a partner in a massive undertaking that will positively impact our entire institution.” <br><br> Higher education institutions implement a campus computing migration strategy that begins with a single online course offering, moves toward multiple online course delivery across entire departments and leads to the full integration of the entire computing environment. Blackboard offers Universal Learning Solutions (ULS) to support this entire migration process. Blackboard.com allows a single course to be moved online while CourseInfo enables multiple courses to be delivered on the Internet. Now Blackboard Campus becomes the vehicle for institutions to create a complete virtual campus, serving every level of this early innovative market. <br><br> “Blackboard Campus was designed to leverage an institution's technology investments to finally enable anyone to teach and learn over the Internet,” commented Matthew Pittinsky, Blackboard's co-founder and Chairman. “Institutions have spent millions of dollars wiring their dorms and building out their technology infrastructures, but much of academic computing is unconnected, costly and expensive to support. Blackboard overcomes this problem by linking systems and providing one platform for supporting and delivering education online – empowering students, faculty and administrators alike.” <br><br> At its core, Blackboard Campus is designed to reflect the technology philosophy resident in the IMS (Instructional Management System) project from EDUCAUSE. Previously the primary technical contractor to IMS, Blackboard has focused on delivering the first high quality Internet learning architecture that is appropriate for any college or university. Blackboard Campus effectively employs the goal of EDUCAUSE to transform teaching and learning at all levels by providing a solid platform to move from online delivery of independent courses to a complete academic computing environment for the entire campus. In this way, Blackboard Campus reduces costs, helps reach new customers, and improves the quality of educational programs. <br><br> <strong>Student Benefits</strong><br><br> Each time a student enters Blackboard Campus, the experience is personal and empowering. Beginning with a student-centric and customizable welcome page, the student can choose to enter a personal information manager complete with a university calendar, announcements of interest to the student and links to additional information based on the student's identity. Access to administrative resources enables each student to view information such as academic records, current credits earned and grade point average. In addition, a full student union provides instant online interaction between faculty and fellow students. Following online registration, students can attend their courses, interact with their professor, check on assignments and post completed work. <br><br> <strong>Faculty Benefits</strong><br><br> Blackboard Campus provides faculty with the ability to easily move their courses online with no programming or HTML experience. In addition to tracking student progress and delivering and managing online exams, a digital library of reusable content ensures learning materials are accessible to all online courses. Blackboard Campus also provides professors with a comprehensive suite of online communication and collaboration tools, including asynchronous threaded discussion boards, synchronous real-time chats and group e-mail capabilities. In all areas of Blackboard Campus, the focus is on ease of use for novice and advanced instructors alike. <br><br> <strong>Blackboard Campus Modules</strong><br><br>Blackboard Campus comprises several modules that link together to create a unified platform – extending a college or university's reach far beyond its geographical boundaries. The modules work together to promote an efficient flow of information and teaching resources from administrators to faculty, across departments and throughout the student body. The modules include: Campus Quad, My Blackboard, University Center, Course Manager, Course Builder, Content Server, Profile Server, Campus Forum and Blackboard Assessment.</font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Five Leading Institutions Announce Major Initiative with Blackboard Inc. to Make Online Campuses a Reality <b>4/21/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc., a leading online education company, today announced that five leading institutions have committed to implementing Blackboard Campus™, the world's first enterprise-grade academic computing system for online education. Blackboard Campus was selected as the most comprehensive solution to bring the educational and collaborative power of the Internet to students, faculty and administrators at Georgetown University, Boston University School of Management, Florida State University, Mortgage Bankers Association of America and PACE University. Implementation of the online campus platforms is scheduled to begin in early May. <br><br> In contrast to existing online education systems, Blackboard Campus goes beyond individual course Web sites to provide a comprehensive online learning environment that can be implemented locally, or hosted offsite. In both cases, Blackboard Campus can be integrated with administrative systems and customized to reflect each institution's individual look and feel. Blackboard Campus is the final component of the company's Universal Learning Solutions™ roadmap that enables educators to bring single courses, multiple courses and then entire campuses online. With Blackboard Campus, all five institutions believe they can finally meet their unique goals for using the Web as a platform for teaching and learning. <br><br> <strong>Georgetown University</strong><br> Georgetown University has an enrollment of more than 12,000 students and includes four undergraduate schools, graduate programs, law and medical school. Known for its history of aggressive and proactive integration of technology resources, the university implemented Blackboard CourseInfo™ last year to bring standalone courses online. In a movement towards creating a completely integrated virtual campus, Georgetown is migrating to Blackboard Campus to provide greater unification of, and access to, existing online courses, as well as other educational and administrative resources online. <br><br> “Our strategy is to continually increase the use of innovative applications in teaching and research,” commented David Lambert, CIO of Georgetown University. “We're dedicated to using technology for the efficient and cost-effective management of the university, and Blackboard Campus makes these goals readily attainable.” <br><br> <strong>Boston University School of Management</strong><br> Boston University School of Management has a 2,900-student enrollment within a University of more than 30,000 students. The School of Management is committed to integrating technology into its curriculum to improve the academic life of its students and create an environment that fosters the development of future business leaders. Many of its courses already have their own Web sites that provide information including class schedules, assignments and faculty hours. Blackboard Campus will now enable The School of Management to use its existing Intranet and effectively extend these first steps to better maximize the use of technology to serve as a collaborative communication tool across all levels of the education equation. <br><br> <strong>Florida State University</strong><br> Serving more than 31,000 students, Blackboard Campus is being implemented at Florida State University to establish a dynamic online learning environment for the campus and provide a platform that allows FSU to deliver distance learning classes to several Florida community colleges. Leveraging existing investments, Blackboard Campus will also allow FSU to integrate its disparate IT systems into one comprehensive technology infrastructure across academic and administrative computing, reducing costs and encouraging the sharing of valuable data. With Blackboard Campus, FSU will create a seamless environment linking the entire university's student body to the faculty, courses, and the institution. <br><br> <strong>Mortgage Bankers Association of America</strong><br> The Mortgage Bankers Association of America (MBA) is the preeminent association representing the real estate finance industry with over 3,000 members. Recognized for a heritage of providing extensive education and training programs to its members, they have offered courses via distance learning since the 1960~s using various delivery methods including correspondence, satellite videoconferencing and online seminars utilizing a private network. The MBA used Blackboard CourseInfo last year to enable online training seminars, and have chosen to migrate to Blackboard Campus in an effort to broaden the scale of their existing programs, and provide access to more online learning services anytime, anyplace and anywhere. <br><br> <strong>PACE University</strong><br> PACE University is a comprehensive institution that serves nearly 15,000 students in three physical campus locations across New York State. With the implementation of Blackboard Campus, PACE will be able to provide instant access to educational resources for students and faculty at all three campuses, enabling the university to offer a cohesive online environment that supports the curriculum. Blackboard Campus will support PACE's emphasis on asynchronous learning programs, including several initiatives to train telecom workers worldwide. PACE's remote learning initiatives are supported by the Sloan Foundation through the Asynchronous Learning Network (ALN), delivering courses to more than 20,000 learners through its member institutions. <br><br> <strong>About Blackboard Campus</strong><br> Blackboard Campus is the first enterprise-grade system for supporting the academic activities of an entire college or university. Students, educators and the visitors to an online campus powered by Blackboard Campus experience a thriving, interactive and customized online learning environment that provides access to core academic programs as well as the personality of campus life. The heart of the institution, its teaching and learning, is extended beyond the classroom into a 24-hour online environment. In addition to feature-rich course Web sites, Blackboard Campus opens online access for up-to-the-minute announcements, and campus community interaction. It is the only online campus platform that gives universities the option to be implemented and integrated locally, or hosted by a third-party provider offsite. Furthermore, Blackboard Campus is based on open, scalable technologies and reflects Blackboard's design work with the Educause IMS standards project. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Blackboard.com~s Free Course Web Site Service Receives Wide Acceptance in the Marketplace <b>5/6/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. today announced that since the launch of Blackboard.com in March 1999, more than 2,500 courses have been created on Blackboard's Web site, Blackboard.com, at http://www.blackboard.com. As the Internet's first education portal, Blackboard.com allows individual instructors to create private and public CourseSites, and will soon offer access to institutional courses provided by Blackboard's college and university customers. When visiting Blackboard.com, students can access private CourseSites with permission from an instructor, or register for an organically growing number of public courses that are offered by industry experts and hobbyists world wide. <br><br> “We are extraordinarily pleased with the positive response Blackboard.com has received in the marketplace - both instructors using the site to enhance on-campus courses and industry experts offering open public courses,” said Matthew Pittinsky, chairman and co-founder of Blackboard. “We came out first with the ‘education portal' idea and reaching this significant milestone clearly demonstrates that the vision for aggregating three types of course sites in one location is a powerful combination.” <br><br> "Blackboard.com is establishing an entrepreneurial market for learning. By providing public courses from its institutional partners and private individuals, and accommodating the private courses of universities and other educational institutions, Blackboard is in a unique position in the education market," said Chris Shipley, Editor of Demo Letter. "Blackboard has a first mover advantage and will serve as a model that other on-line education companies will follow." <br><br> Blackboard.com provides instructors with easy-to-use templates to build and maintain free online classrooms, including course documents, communication and collaboration tools, online assessments and more. The site is powered by Blackboard's proprietary online education platform adopted by over 170 colleges and universities. <br><br> In addition to providing the world's first free course Web site service, Blackboard.com features several targeted online communities to foster communication and the exchange of ideas between teachers and learners worldwide. The site's discussion areas target teachers of online courses, adult learners, professionals involved with distance learning, and educators seeking to share effective online learning strategies. By combining free course Web sites with targeted online discussion communities, Blackboard.com provides a unique education portal for anyone involved in teaching and learning. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Blackboard Closes $12.2 Million Second Round Venture Financing <b>6/8/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p> Blackboard Inc., an online education company that provides the leading platform for teaching and learning over the Internet, today announced that it has closed a $12.2 million second round of financing led by two top tier venture funds: Carlyle Venture Partners LP, Washington, DC, and Merrill Lynch KECALP L.P. 1999 and its affiliates, New York, NY. Also participating were first round investors Novak-Biddle Venture Partners, Reston, VA; Internet Capital Group, Wayne, PA; and Aurora Funds Inc. of Research Triangle Park, NC. Individual investors joining the round included Frank Bonsal, co-founder of New Enterprise Associates; and Charles Oswald, former Chairman of National Computer Systems (NCS), a leader in education data management. </P> <p> Rapidly gaining first mover acceptance as the de facto online education platform, Blackboard is one of the largest start-ups focused on the intersection of the Internet and the $240 billion higher education market. </P> <p> “Blackboard has both a powerful software platform and an experienced management team, and has clearly defined the company as a leader in the online education marketplace,” said Brian Hayhurst, Vice President of Carlyle Venture Partners LP. “We see Blackboard's platform business as an incredibly leveragable foundation from which to build a high growth diversified business. The Company has executed with great success, and we are delighted to be working with them.” </P> <p> “Blackboard's explosive growth in institutional sales and unique users has far exceeded expectations,” said Doug Alexander, managing director of Internet Capital Group, a company that has supported leading Internet companies such as VerticalNet and Deja.com. “They have consistently driven the momentum of the online education industry, and with upcoming growth extensions in e-commerce and services, will continue to increase their company value.” </P> <p> Since closing a $3.1 million first round in September 1998, Blackboard has leveraged its first mover advantage to: </P> <ul><li>Establish an online user base that is more than five times the combined size of its U.S.-based online education outsourcing competitors;</li> <li>Assemble a senior executive team with CEO Louis Pugliese, former Vice President and COO of the education division of ETC, a subsidiary of Denver-based Telecommunications Inc. (TCI) and former Vice President of Turner Educational Services, Atlanta, where he successfully launched CNN Newsroom; Vice President of Sales Anne Keough Keehn, who earlier built and ran Peoplesoft's regional team of sales, support and marketing professionals for the Higher Education Industry Business Unit (IBU), the company's first IBU; Vice President of Product Development Neal Nored, a pioneer in the field of instructional technology and former Technical Strategist at IBM Corporation; and General Counsel and Director of Finance, Andrew Rosen, JD/LLM, formerly of Cahill, Gordon & Reindel in New York, where he specialized in structuring domestic and international business and financial transactions;</li> <li>Launch the final component of Blackboard's groundbreaking Universal Learning Solutions™ suite with the sale of five beta licenses of Blackboard Campus, the industry's first enterprise-grade online learning system;;</li> <li>Create the largest education portal for instructors looking to create and offer private and public online CourseSites, Blackboard.com, with more than 3,000 courses created through the quarter ended March 31, 1999;</li> <li>Continue forming key business alliances with partners such as KPMG LLP, Archipelago Inc. (part of Harcourt Brace), W.W. Norton Publishing and Sylvan Prometric; and</li> <li>Transition development work on the industry-backed IMS technical standard, for which Blackboard had served as primary technical contractor for the 1,600-member EDUCAUSE consortium.</li></ul> <p> “This new financing will allow us to continue to innovate on behalf of our growing product customer base of more than 200 leading U.S. colleges and universities, over 3,000 additional faculty who use our Blackboard.com Web site, and more than 250,000 end users in our virtual classrooms,” said Matthew Pittinsky, Blackboard co-founder and Chairman. “This financing will primarily allow Blackboard to grow line extension businesses that build from the core platform business which has exceeded every milestone in less than one year.” </P> <p> <strong>About Carlyle Venture Partners</strong><br> Carlyle Venture Partners, L.P. is a $210 million venture capital fund focused on the Internet/information technology, communications, health care services, financial services and business services industries. Carlyle Venture Partners is affiliated with The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm based in Washington, DC. The firm currently has over $3.5 billion of capital under management by separate teams dedicated to management-led buyouts and strategic minority investments, venture capital, real estate, and European investment opportunities. Carlyle Venture Partners' prior Internet-related investments include AnyDay.com, Inc., Narrative Communications Corp. (sold to At Home Corporation NASDAQ: ATHM in December 1998), NorthPoint Communications Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: NPNT) and SkyCache, Inc. www.thecarlylegroup.com/venture </P> <p> <strong>About Online Education</strong><br> The Internet is making a profound impact on the $740 billion education and training market. The higher education market itself is estimated at $240 billion; college students comprise an online retail sector estimated to reach $3.9 billion by 2002 and online distance learning expenditures reached $1.5 billion in 1998, a growth rate of 300%. Having grown by 500% in just four years, only one-fourth of all college courses are currently using Web pages for class materials and resources. While various companies have addressed the online education market with a number of marketing, content and technology services, Blackboard's strategy has been to focus on the platform. Its Universal Learning Solutions™ suite of three interrelated products power online classrooms for more than 250,000 end users every day, and is on route to becoming the de facto standard. Throughout 1999, Blackboard will continue to roll out additional value-added services that increase the value and installed base of its platform. </p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:52 GMT Industry Report Identifies Academic Computing as Top Priority Among Colleges and Universities <b>6/14/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc. today announces that academic computing was recently recognized as a top information technology solutions category for colleges and universities, according to a new report issued from Dataquest, a leading IT market research and consulting firm and a part of GartnerGroup. The report, entitled “The Higher Education IT Solutions Map: Where is it Heading?” defines Enterprise Instructional Management as an emerging software category, and describes Internet-based course management systems as the foundation. Also included in the “Instruction” solutions area were activities such as content development, distributed learning delivery, and academic resource support. <br><br> The industry analyst report comes on the heels of Blackboard's announcement that five institutions will implement its enterprise-grade Blackboard Campus™ product this summer. Blackboard Campus is the first institution-wide academic platform that integrates various instructional activities into one online campus environment. <br><br> The GartnerGroup report cites U.S. Department of Education data that institutions of higher education spent roughly $58 billion on instruction during 1996, more than double their expenditures on administration. The report also identifies that colleges and universities are significantly increasing their adoption of instructional technology on campus, with four key solution areas emerging: 1) course content development systems; 2) distributed learning systems; 3) academic support solutions; and 4) enterprise instructional management systems. <br><br> The GartnerGroup report documents the shift by colleges and universities away from homegrown academic computing systems and towards commercial instructional management systems. “In many ways, instructional computing is replaying, at a much faster rate, the history of administrative computing, evolving from stove-piped homegrown systems to an enterprise approach,” stated Ron Yanosky, education industry analyst for GartnerGroup's Dataquest division. <br><br> “We're extremely happy to see respected analyst firms like GartnerGroup paying close attention to the academic computing market,” said Matthew Pittinsky, chairman and co-founder of Blackboard. “The findings in their latest report echo the tremendous demand Blackboard is experiencing from colleges and universities for our Blackboard CourseInfo and Blackboard Campus products. Supporting courses and other academic resources with a Web-based platform has become a top priority for CIO's, Provosts and faculty alike.” <br><br> Other key initiatives noted in GartnerGroup's report include the EDUCAUSE IMS standards project, devoted to developing an open and scalable architecture for online learning. According to the report, “the IMS standard has established high credibility as the primary benchmark for distributed learning interoperability.” <br><br> <strong>About GarterGroup's Dataquest</strong><br> GartnerGroup~s Dataquest is the recognized leader in providing the high-technology and financial communities with market intelligence for the semiconductor, computer systems and peripherals, communications, document management, software, and services sectors of the global information technology industry. <br><br> As the world~s leading authority on IT, GartnerGroup provides clients with a wide range of products and services in the areas of IT advisory services, measurement, research, decision support, analysis, and consulting. Founded in 1979, with headquarters in Stamford, Conn., GartnerGroup is at the center of a global community serving Fortune 1000 clients from 80 locations worldwide. Additional information about the company is available on the Internet at <a href="http://www.gartner.com">http://www.gartner.com.</a> </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Blackboard Inc. Alliance With Sun Microsystems Will Provide K-12 Schools with Affordable Access to Internet Course Content and Tools <b>6/29/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc., the leading online education company, today announced that it intends to join with Sun Microsystems and other education service providers to create the SchoolTone Alliance Program, a marketing and sales effort that will provide K-12 schools with online access to affordable Internet content, communication tools, and applications. Blackboard provides the program with its renowned Blackboard CourseInfo™ technology, a powerful and easy-to-use tool suite that enables teachers to build and manage virtual classrooms. <br><br> By providing schools with access to a wealth of web-based educational content, technologies, and applications, the SchoolTone Alliance Program has the potential to save schools millions in licensing and administration fees. Also, the inclusion of Blackboard CourseInfo allows K-12 teachers to bring their courses online without incurring the costs of new computer hardware or HTML training. While Blackboard's learning platform is already a standard feature in colleges and universities across the country, the company's participation in the SchoolTone Alliance Program expands the reach of the platform to younger students and their instructors. <br><br> “The mission of the SchoolTone Alliance Program mirrors that of our own company. Both organizations strive to bridge the gap between the importance of Internet education and the inevitable cost of new technology,” said Lou Pugliese, Blackboard CEO. “Through our participation with Sun Microsystems we will enable K-12 students to experience education through an interactive medium traditionally reserved for university students.” <br><br> About Sun Microsystems, Inc. Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision, "The Network Is The Computer™," has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc., (NASDAQ "SUNW"), to its position as a leading provider of hardware, software and services for establishing enterprise-wide intranets and expanding the power of the Internet. With more than $11 billion in annual revenues, Sun can be found in more than 150 countries and on the Worldwide Web at http://www.sun.com </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT PeopleSoft Extends Enterprise Solution to Deliver Internet-Based Learning Technology <b>7/13/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - PeopleSoft, Inc. a leading provider of enterprise applications for colleges and universities, today announced the first solution to seamlessly integrate campus administrative systems with web-based learning systems for higher education. <br><br> Customers will be able to easily combine expert student administrative management applications with the latest tools to build and manage Internet-based interactive learning environments. The solution will allow campus administrators to leverage the PeopleSoft Student Administration application with educational content and technologies from partners Universal Learning Technology (ULT) and Blackboard Inc., two of the global leaders in web-based learning. PeopleSoft's integrated solution is based on the open standards for learning system interoperability being developed by the EDUCAUSE IMS initiative (www.imsproject.org). <br><br> Learning system integration is the next key deliverable for the PeopleSoft e-Campus Community which integrates content from e-commerce partners, knowledge management software and other value-added services appropriate to education. The foundation for the PeopleSoft e-Campus Community, Campus Connection, was announced on April 20, 1999. Campus Connection is a dynamic Internet community for PeopleSoft Student Administration, providing role-based communication and information access to students, faculty, alumni and administrators. <br><br> Colleges and universities will benefit from PeopleSoft's expertise to streamline administrative tasks and deliver information to students, faculty, and staff, via the Internet. “PeopleSoft is committed to ensuring our customers take full advantage of the enormous opportunities that the Internet provides the higher education community,” stated Vicki Tambellini, general manager of higher education for PeopleSoft. “As an open systems provider, we've chosen to partner with two leaders in learning management so our customers can make the vital link between their web-based learning initiatives and their administrative systems.” <br><br> "Our partnership with PeopleSoft allows for a comprehensive virtual campus and signals the coming of age for enterprise academic computing. This collaboration will ensure that the Internet is fully leveraged for education," said Louis Pugliese, Chief Executive Officer of Blackboard. "With the rapid adoption of Blackboard~s CourseInfoTM online learning platform, and the beta release of Blackboard Campus, our company has quickly grown into a leader for academic computing." <br><br> “PeopleSoft and ULT offer colleges and universities an unbeatable combination. Together, we can integrate the most robust and popular administrative and academic software into a total solution across the learning enterprise, said Carol Vallone, president and CEO of Universal Learning Technology (ULT). “The resulting integrated solution gives administrators the tools needed for more effective web-based design, development and management of student programs.” Earlier this year, ULT acquired WebCT, one of the most widely used web-based learning systems in higher education. <br><br> <strong>About PeopleSoft</strong><br> PeopleSoft (NASDAQ: PSFT) is a global supplier of enterprise application software, including e-business and analytic applications for business, education, and government. PeopleSoft products for human resources management, financials, distribution, manufacturing, and supply chain, along with a range of industry solutions are used by more than 3,000 customers worldwide. PeopleSoft Select, a packaged solution including software, hardware, and services addresses requirements of small and medium-sized organizations. All PeopleSoft products are backed by PeopleSoft Advantage, a global, comprehensive customer service program. Headquartered in Pleasanton, California, PeopleSoft employs more than 6,600 people and had 1998 revenues of $1.3 billion. PeopleSoft is on the World Wide Web at www.peoplesoft.com. <br><br> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Blackboard Inc. Names Alan Stewart Chief Financial Officer <b>7/22/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc., a leading online education company that provides one of the most popular platforms for teaching and learning over the Internet, today announced that it has appointed Alan R. Stewart to the newly created position of chief financial officer. <br> <br> Stewart, a veteran of more than 20 years of financial leadership at leading high-technology companies and other high-growth organizations, is an accomplished financial manager and a skilled business builder with broad experience in mergers and acquisitions, SEC matters and IPOs. He joins Blackboard on July 28. <br> <br> "I am very excited that we have attracted top financial and operational talent like Alan to our management team," said Louis C. Pugliese, Chief Executive Officer. "He brings to Blackboard a great blend of financial expertise and public markets experience that is critical to our company at this stage of its development, and beyond. Alan will help us expand to an even higher level of growth and excellence.” Blackboard has experienced explosive growth over the past two years – including a 400-percent annual revenue increase, customer growth from 8 to 280 colleges, multiple products and services, and expansion from 4 to 90 employees. <br> <br> Before joining Blackboard, Stewart was chief financial officer and corporate secretary at Deltek Systems, Inc (NASD:DLTK), an enterprise financial systems software company that, during his tenure, grew from $14 million in revenue to $100 million. Also, Stewart was successful in taking the company public in 1997 and, in the following year, conducting a secondary offering. Earlier, at Tempest Technologies Inc., he was responsible for all aspects of that company~s initial public offering. Prior to Deltek, Stewart held senior finance positions at organizations that include BTG, C3 Inc., the Securities and Exchange Commission, Martin Marietta Corporation and Touche Ross & Co. <br> <br> “The intersection of the Internet and education industries provides a major opportunity for an agile and high-growth company,” said Stewart. “I am excited about Blackboard because its position as the de facto standard platform for online learning gives it an impressive and leverageable opportunity to grow a substantive business. I am looking forward to joining Blackboard's experienced and dedicated team.” <br> <br> Blackboard was founded in 1997 with the vision to transform the expanding Internet and other online networks into powerful environments for teaching and learning. The company has raised nearly $16 million in venture financing from top funds and individuals that include: Carlyle Venture Partners LP, Merrill Lynch Kecalp LP, Novak-Biddle Venture Partners, Internet Capital Group, Aurora Funds Inc., Bill Brock, former Senator of Tennessee and former U.S. Secretary of Labor; Frank Bonsal, co-founder of New Enterprise Associates; and Charles Oswald, former chairman of National Computer Systems (NCS).</font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Blackboard Inc. Announces the Newest Version of its Renowned Online Teaching and Learning Platform: Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0 <b>7/26/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p> Continuing a longstanding record of innovation, Blackboard Inc., a leading online education company, today announced the launch of Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0, the newest version of its renowned online learning platform.</p> <p>Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0 provides enhanced communication and assessment features that foster greater interaction between students and instructors. In addition, Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0 will ship with built-in interfaces that will enable customers, with upcoming utilities, to switch from standalone Web course tools to the integrated Blackboard platform.</p> <p>Blackboard is the only company to provide Universal Learning Solutions, a three-tiered roadmap for educators to host single course Web sites free with Blackboard.com, multiple course Web sites with Blackboard CourseInfo, and entire online campuses with Blackboard Campus. The new 3.0 release solidifies Blackboard's “first-mover” position in online education. </p> <p>“Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0 has exceeded expectations and it has been well-received by our faculty,” said Emilio Ramos, dean of administrative and academic technology at Dallas County Community College District~s LeCroy Center for Educational TeleCommunications. “It~s effectiveness makes it a great platform for teaching and learning online. The new version adds more power and capabilities for experienced users while maintaining the same great ease-of-use features for everyone on campus.”</p> <p><p>colleges, universities and school districts to create and manage multiple course Web sites without having to master HTML or other programming languages. With the introduction of Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0, faculty now have access to improved discussion boards, more powerful search capability, a new assessment engine for online testing, and a new live classroom module for real-time teaching and learning online.</p> <p>Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0 is designed to allow education organizations that currently use stand-alone web course tools to standardize on Blackboard's single online learning platform, at lower adoption costs. Migrating to Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0 supports institutions' options to: adopt Blackboard Campus, the first enterprise-grade online learning platform; download Blackboard-format content from publishers; plug in Blackboard enabled tools; and leverage a full set of hosting, consulting and other product options.</p> <p>Enhancements to Blackboard CourseInfo strengthen an online learning platform that is already in use at more than than 280 colleges and universities worldwide. This most recent release implements feedback and suggestions from thousands of faculty members and others who use previous versions of the software every day. Blackboard CourseInfo's roots, in fact, come from the campus itself. The original product was developed by graduate and undergraduate students, with faculty involvement, at Cornell University.</p> <p>Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0 Features Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0 gives instructors the ability to enhance their on-campus classes or offer courses entirely at a distance. Specifically, version 3.0 adds the following benefits: </P> <ul> <li>Course conversion hooks that will support upcoming utilities developed by Blackboard and partners to migrate courses developed with early standalone web course tool systems.</li> <li>Enhanced discussion boards that enable instructors to promote greater interaction among students by creating multiple vibrant discussion forums within each course. Faculty can customize discussion forums, allowing them to designate forum administrators, set reply options and lock and archive discussion threads.</li> <li>Extensive search capability with CourseMap feature that streamlines information gathering and sorting. · New assessment engine that gives instructors a broad and deep selection of assessment options including the ability to attach graphic files to questions, creating a truly multimedia testing experience. Also, it allows for the assignment of test key codes used to deploy online tests at a distance.</li> <li>Live classroom module provides instructors and their students with a “near-classroom” experience -- fully integrated virtual chat, whiteboard, and slide show functions that deepen the multimedia capabilities of online learning. It also provides for effective online mediation. </li> </ul> <p>"Blackboard CourseInfo has quickly become one of the most widely used platforms for teaching and learning over the Internet,” said Matthew Pittinsky, co-founder and chairman. “With the addition of better discussion boards, search capabilities, new testing options and leading classroom features, we are building on our industry leadership to create an education platform that is effective and the absolute easiest to use. We're very fortunate to have received such excellent suggestions about ways to improve the platform from students and instructors who use it every day. CourseInfo is truly a product by and for the customer.”</p> <p>Pricing and Availability: Blackboard CourseInfo is available at a special $4,500 annual license fee for academic institutions. The fee provides for unlimited courses and users. A $500 basic annual support package is typically purchased with the annual license as well. Version 3.0 is scheduled for general availability on August 1, 1999 for the Linux and Solaris operating systems. Availability for other popular Unix operating systems and Windows NT will follow shortly thereafter.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Blackboard Introduces Comprehensive, Turnkey Hosting Service for its Renowned Online Learning Platforms <b>8/2/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - Blackboard Inc., a leading online education company that provides the industry's most popular platform for teaching and learning over the Internet, today introduced a comprehensive hosting service that enables colleges, universities and K-12 schools to deliver courses online through Blackboard without installing and maintaining Blackboard's platform on their own servers. <br><br> By directly providing a turnkey service, Blackboard is the only company to allow institutions to bring education online quickly with a hosted solution, while making it easy for them to evolve into identical, locally managed environments as their online presence grows. Today's announcement strengthens Blackboards position -- it is already in use by more than 280 of the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities -- as the leading online learning platform for higher education and K-12. <br><br> The new service will be available first for Blackboard CourseInfo and, soon, for Blackboard Campus. Blackboard CourseInfo is Blackboard's mid-level server product. It is used by colleges and universities to create and maintain scalable course Web sites. Blackboard CourseInfo is the first software package to standardize the functionality that colleges and universities need on the Internet. On July 26, the company announced the release of Blackboard CourseInfo 3.0, its newest version, with a number of enhanced features. <br><br> Blackboard Campus is the company~s enterprise-level online course system. It provides a comprehensive, locally installed, online campus that integrates with university administrative systems and can be customized extensively for the institution's unique look and feel. Blackboard Campus is in beta testing at five institutions: Georgetown University, Florida State University, PACE University, Boston University School of Management and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. <br><br> Blackboard's hosting service provides institutions the flexibility to integrate the Blackboard platform into their own campus-based administrative systems at any time. In just 24 hours, Blackboard can equip institutions with a private, customized Web environment on Blackboard's secure server system - enabling them to bring their classes online quickly and effectively with a private installation of the Blackboard platform and without having to learn HTML or other programming languages. <br><br> “Colleges, universities and school districts across the nation are recognizing the importance of online learning, and they want to begin supporting online course environments immediately,” said Matthew Pittinsky, chairman and co-founder of Blackboard Inc. “With the addition of our hosting service, we are providing these institutions with instant access to our Blackboard CourseInfo product, as well as the ability to expand their online offerings to improve educational quality and serve new students.” <br><br> <strong>Hosting Service Technology:</strong><br> Blackboard's hosting service provides institutions with the speed, security, and ease of use that both professors and students demand. The Blackboard hosting service is characterized by 99.5% uptime and multiple network redundancies. Blackboard's service utilizes hardware comprised of the latest Sun and Intel technology, offering students quick and dependable access to the information they need. In addition, Blackboard hosting service subscribers receive the most up-to-date network security features as well as power backup and file protection resources that ensure the unimpeded performance of the Blackboard system. Live and asynchronous student, faculty and system administrator support is available from Blackboard as well. </font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Blackboard Inc. and NextEd to Implement First Global Delivery Network for Accredited Online Education <b>8/25/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p>Blackboard Inc., a leading online education company that provides the industry~s most popular platform for teaching and learning over the Internet, and NextEd Ltd., a multi-national provider of web-based education hosting and delivery solutions, today announced a strategic licensing agreement. The agreement lays the foundation for the first global delivery network for accredited online higher education. </p> <p>Under the terms of the agreement, NextEd will license the Blackboard Campus<sup>TM</sup> software platform for use across its international server network, deployed to reach students in 13 countries in Asia/Pacific, Europe and Africa. NextEd offers 72 fully accredited university courses on Blackboard~s open-software platform and plans to support more than 400 by January 2000. NextEd selected Blackboard software because of its open, standards-based, fully scalable architecture which allows universities anywhere in the world to put their content online rapidly while ensuring high quality and consistency in service delivery. This architecture will be a key element in NextEd~s multi-site server network.</p> <p>Blackboard Campus reflects Blackboard~s work as primary technical contractor to the EDUCAUSE Instructional Management Systems (IMS) Project <a href="http://www.imsproject.org">(www.imsproject.org)</a> which created an industry-standard architecture for online learning technologies. Blackboard Campus is part of the company~s "Universal Learning Solutions," suite of products and services. The ULS suite enables educators to host single-course Web sites with Blackboard.com, multiple course Web sites with Blackboard CourseInfo<sup>TM</sup> and fully integrated solutions with Blackboard Campus.</p> <p>"We have seen unprecedented growth in the demand for on-line education across the Asia-Pacific marketplace, often within the context of a less-than-perfect delivery environment. Until now, U.S. institutions have found it difficult to capitalize on this enormous opportunity," said Terry Hilsberg, president and CEO of NextEd. "NextEd~s mission is to provide an order-of-magnitude improvement in the way on-line education is delivered to emerging economies around the world. Working with companies like Blackboard, we can transform the way on-line education gets delivered by leveraging the very best in database-driven Internet technologies to enhance our ability to personalize, customize and guarantee service across a worldwide network," said Hilsberg.</p> <p>"This agreement is a major step in harnessing the power of the Internet to benefit education around the world," said Lou Pugliese, chief executive officer of Blackboard Inc. "It also provides a solid step in our strategy to expand the Blackboard platform worldwide. Now students - even those in many remote regions inaccessible to higher learning institutions -- will be able to access faculty talent at some of the world~s best colleges and universities."</p> <p>This month, NextEd will become the first international participant to join the Blackboard Campus beta program, which includes: Georgetown University, Florida State University, Dallas County Community College District, Boston University School of Management and the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. Blackboard already has a strong presence in international markets through its CourseInfo product, now in use at more than 300 institutions globally. Among its customers are higher education institutions in Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, Denmark, Holland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom.</p> <p><strong>About Blackboard Campus</strong><br> Blackboard Campus is the first enterprise-grade system for supporting the academic activities of an entire college or university. Students, educators and the visitors to an online campus powered by Blackboard Campus experience a thriving, interactive and customized online-learning environment that provides 24-7 access to academic programs and the personality of campus life. Blackboard is the only company to allow institutions to bring education online quickly with a hosted solution, while making it easy for them to evolve into identical, locally managed environments as their online presence grows.</p> <p><strong>About NextEd Ltd.</strong><br> NextEd is a leading provider of web-based education services to institutions wanting to reach a growing international marketplace. NextEd is uniquely positioned to offer its partners localized expertise, administration, hosting and delivery within an end-to-end solution that includes project management, course conversion, online teaching assistance support, marketing, distribution, e-commerce and customer support. One of NextEd~s leading customers, the University of Southern Queensland, was recently voted the World~s Best Dual-Mode Distance Education University by the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE). Founded in 1998, NextEd has offices in Hong Kong, Australia and the United States. Additional information about NextEd can be found at www.nexted.com.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Blackboard Inc. Names Ed Neelley Vice President of Marketing <b>8/31/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p> Blackboard Inc., a leading online education company that provides the industry's most popular platform for teaching and learning over the Internet, today announced that Ed Neelley, a marketing and information technology veteran, has been named Vice President of Marketing. He joined the company August 30.</p> <p>Neelley brings to Blackboard more than 18 years of management experience in brand development, product marketing, marketing communications, public relations, research and telemarketing in the education divisions of leading information-technology companies. He successfully led the marketing and sales departments in the education divisions of such companies as Apple Computer, Gateway 2000 and Manugistics.</p> <p>While at Apple, Neelley was responsible for managing the development of $75 million in incremental education revenues and developing and implementing marketing and sales programs for a $650-million K-12 division.</p> <p>Neelley's understanding of the education market also comes from direct experience at education institutions. In addition to his corporate experience, he has been a faculty member at a number of higher education institutions including the University of Houston, the University of Illinois and Georgia State University.</p> <p>“Ed is a strategist who is passionate about customer focus,” said Louis C. Pugliese, chief executive officer of Blackboard. “He is a results-driven, sales-oriented marketing professional with a solid track record of motivating, acquiring and sustaining new customers. Ed will play an important role in building on the initial success of our marketing team and facing the challenges we have ahead as the company grows.” Since its founding in 1997, Blackboard has experienced explosive growth, jumping from 8 colleges to more than 300 and adding an average of 40 new customers each month.</p> <p>“I am very excited about the opportunities that Blackboard opens up to instruction in all markets--education, corporate training, and government,” said Neelley. “Blackboard delivers on the decade-old promise of the Internet --lifelong learning that can be accessed anywhere, anytime. This company and its products promise to bring quality education and materials to millions of teachers and learners around the world. It is a company and product whose time has come.”</p> <p>Neelley's appointment marks the latest in a series of experienced executives to join Blackboard over the past few months. They include Anne Keehn, vice president of sales, formerly of PeopleSoft, Neal Nored, vice president of product development, formerly of IBM, and Alan Stewart, chief financial officer, formerly of Deltek.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Nation’s Largest Community College System Brings Classes Online with Blackboard Inc. <b>9/1/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p> Blackboard Inc., the leading online education company, which provides one of the world's most popular and effective platforms for teaching and learning over the Internet, today announced an agreement with Maricopa Community College District in Arizona that will enable its instructors to provide Web-based learning over a single platform for its 165,000 students. </p> <p> Ron Bleed, vice chancellor for instructional technology, said, “We decided to go with Blackboard because we realized there were too many boutique decisions being made. We wanted to build a community of common users and we liked the features and functionality of CourseInfo.” He added that interest in using CourseInfo grew as increasing numbers of Maricopa faculty added online content to their courses using Blackboard's first tier-product, Blackboard.com<sup><small>SM</sup></small>.</p> <p> Maricopa, the largest two-year college system in the country, is a recognized leader in distance education. For more than 20 years, Maricopa's ten campuses have provided distance education though correspondence, televised and online classes. The system-wide license purchase of Blackboard CourseInfo continues Maricopa's tradition of offering flexible learning options to every student.</p> <p>Like many two-year colleges, the schools that make up the Maricopa Community College District serve a diverse group of learners. Many students work full-time jobs or run households. Not everyone can attend a traditional course taught on campus during normal business hours. Using the Internet to deliver classes online solves scheduling problems for non-traditional and continuing-education learners. Courseinfo allows for “asynchronous” communication, the ability for multiple learners to access the course, study the materials, interact with each other and take tests when schedules allow.</p> <p>Donna Rebadow, a professor at Maricopa, was one of the early users of Blackboard.com and a major proponent for using CourseInfo. She said, “Blackboard.com is a very good course management tool for educators. The interface is easy to use. Novice users and/or faculty techno-phobes can get up and running in an hour.”</p> <p>CourseInfo, a multiple-course solution for Web-based learning, is part of Blackboard's “Universal Learning Solutions” suite of products designed for teaching and learning online. In addition to CourseInfo, the suite includes Blackboard.com, a Web-site that allows instructors to create and control the contents of their own Course Web-sites on the Internet free of charge, and BlackboardCampus<sup><small>TM</sup></small>, an enterprise-level solution to bringing entire campuses online.</p> <p>Blackboard products are proving to be the most popular Web-based learning products on the market. Blackboard has enrolled more than 300 leading institutions internationally and is adding about 40 institutions per month, making Blackboard also the fastest-growing platform in the industry. Around the world, more than 7,000 instructors teach with Blackboard products.</p> <p>“Blackboard's online learning platforms are designed to provide one standard system to enhance on-campus courses and deliver distance learning,” said Blackboard co-founder and chairman Matthew Pittinsky. “What is especially exciting about the Maricopa adoption is that the college is leveraging the Internet in two ways, helping to broaden access and improve the quality of student learning.”</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Blackboard Inc. and Houghton Mifflin Inc. Announce Agreement to Enhance Online Learning <b>9/8/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p> Houghton Mifflin Company(NYSE:HTN), a leading publisher of textbooks, instructional technology and supplementary materials for the education markets and Blackboard Inc., a leading online education company that provides the industry~s most popular platforms for teaching and learning over the Internet, today announced an agreement to provide Houghton Mifflin online learning resources through the Blackboard platform. </p> <p> The non-exclusive agreement allows instructors who use Houghton Mifflin textbooks and power their course Web sites with Blackboard~s platform to access a range of supplemental resources that will enhance their students~ learning experiences.</p> <p>Houghton Mifflin will create Blackboard Course cartridges<sup><small>TM</sup></small>, a feature of Blackboard~s "Universal Learning Solutions" suite of teaching and learning platforms. Course Cartridges enable instructors who use Houghton Mifflin~s materials to customize them to fit their own curricula and teaching styles. Also, Blackboard Course Cartridges allow users to integrate online content with offline content. For example, an instructor could teach a U.S. history course using Houghton Mifflin Berkin, et al, "Making America, 2e" resources and customize them with curriculum material she created previously. She could then assign students to access the course online - powered by Blackboard~s platform -- while simultaneously running Houghton Mifflin~s "@History" CD-ROM as a supplement to the course.</p> <p>Initially, Houghton Mifflin plans to create Course Cartridges in business, accounting, marketing, psychology and U.S. history. The Course Cartridges will be available for the upcoming 1999/2000 academic year.</p> <p>Blackboard is the most popular and fastest-growing platform for teaching and learning over the Internet. More than 300,000 people, at about 1,000 colleges, universities and K-12 schools use its platform worldwide.</p> <p>"Houghton Mifflin has a broad range of excellent content that will greatly enhance the resources available to our faculty and student users," said Matthew Pittinsky, chairman of Blackboard. "Already, thousands of instructors use our Blackboard.com service, and hundreds of institutions of higher learning use our mid-tier Blackboard CourseInfo product, making Blackboard one of the most popular platforms in the market. This will be a significant step forward for both companies."</p> <p>"Blackboard shares our commitment to provide the highest quality teaching and learning experience for instructors and students and we look forward to benefiting from their leadership in online education," said June Smith, executive vice president, Houghton Mifflin College Division.</p> <p>As part of the agreement, Houghton Mifflin also will promote the Blackboard.com CourseSite service to instructors who adopt Houghton Mifflin textbooks and desire an online learning environment for their course. The easy-to-use Blackboard.com Web site enables instructors to post their courses online at no cost and without the need for programming knowledge.</p> <p>Today~s announcement marks the second major partnership that Blackboard has announced recently. On August 25, Blackboard and NextEd Ltd., a multi-national provider of web-based education hosting and delivery solutions, announced a strategic agreement that lays the foundation for the first global delivery network for accredited online higher education.</p> <p><strong>About Houghton Mifflin</strong><br> Houghton Mifflin is a leading publisher of textbooks, instructional technology, assessments, and other educational materials for elementary and secondary schools and colleges. The Company also publishes an extensive line of reference works, fiction and non-fiction for adults and young readers, and multimedia entertainment products. The company~s Internet site can be found at <a href="www.hmco.com">www.hmco.com</a>. </P> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Blackboard.com Goes Back to School <b>9/21/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <P > Monthly page views jump five-fold to nearly 2 million since June </P> <P> Blackboard Inc.~s "Universal Learning Solutions" platform suite<br> now includes more than 300,000 learners worldwide</center></p> <P>Blackboard.com <sup><small>SM</small></sup>, a service made available by Blackboard Inc., a leading online education company that provides the industry~s most popular platform for teaching and learning over the Internet, today announced that it is going back to school this year as the fastest growing service of its kind.</p> <P>Only six months after its launch, more than 9,600 instructors, teaching more than 9,000 courses in every state and in 60 countries have made Blackboard.com their Internet classroom. Also, Blackboard.com~s page views increased five-fold since June to nearly 2 million per month. Through this free service, instructors can post course work online, assess student participation, track grades, issue assignments, exchange computer files with students and easily monitor the progress of each learner. Students can view assignments online, submit work, send and receive e-mail, complete tests, chat in study groups and more.</p> <P>Courses on Blackboard.com range from academic studies serving higher education and K-12 students to hobbyist and vocational courses serving lifelong learners. Many teachers use Blackboard.com to enhance their classroom learning. "Blackboard.com provides an exciting complement to my classroom instruction," said Sue Cobern, a tenth-grade chemistry teacher at Wellesley High School in Wellesley, MA. "It gives my students an interactive environment where they can exchange information and supplement their face-to-face discussions with online study group chats at any time. Also, it helps parents stay in touch with what their children are doing in school."</p> <P>Blackboard.com is part of the company~s "Universal Learning Solutions," suite of products and services. The ULS suite enables educators to host single-course Web sites with Blackboard.com, multiple course Web sites with Blackboard CourseInfo<sup><small>TM</sup></small> and fully integrated solutions with Blackboard Campus<sup><small>TM</sup></small>. More than 300,000 learners at about 1,000 colleges, universities and K-12 schools use one or more of the ULS software platforms.</p> <P>"The fast adoption of Blackboard.com as the leading Web site for teaching and learning online is due to Blackboard~s strong focus on creating the best Internet software application for enhancing the educational process," said Michael Chasen, president of Web Enterprises and co-founder of Blackboard. "With 40 to 70 new course Web sites being posted by individual faculty members every day, Blackboard.com is well positioned for continued growth."</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Dallas County Community College District Brings Courses Online with Blackboard Inc. <b>10/20/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <P> Blackboard, Inc., a leading online education company, today announced an agreement with the Dallas Community College District (DCCCD) to power its Web-based teaching and learning environment. Under the agreement, Dallas Tele College, the distance-learning arm of the DCCCD, will use Blackboard CourseInfo software. The DCCCD also is a beta partner of the new Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition as it seeks to provide an online education environment to a student population of more than 100,000 users daily. </P> <P> “Blackboard CourseInfo has exceeded expectations and has been well received by our faculty,” said Emilio Ramos, Dean of Administrative and Academic Technology at the DCCCD. “It's effectiveness makes it a great platform for teaching and learning online, and our transition to the Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition positions us with the first truly scalable enterprise online environment.” </P> <P> Blackboard CourseInfo is a software product that provides departments and institutions with a common look and feel for their course Web sites. It also provides online education communities, collaboration and assessment tools for faculty and students. Blackboard CourseInfo is used at more than 1,100 of the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities to power their online courses. It is the first software package to standardize the functionality that colleges and universities need on the Internet. </P> <P> Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition enhances the teaching and learning environment with a more mission-critical technology for institutions that want a more highly scalable, integratable and customizable online teaching and learning environment. Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition will allow DCCCD to integrate its entire district into an online environment. </P> <P> “We're very excited to work with Dallas Community College District to help them take their online teaching and learning environment to the next level,” said Lou Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard. “DCCCD plays a critical role in the lives of so many people in that region who learn in a classroom environment and many others who are part of the district's distance learners located around the world. Blackboard CourseInfo and Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition will help the district serve both.” </P> <P> <B>About Dallas County Community College District </B><BR> The Dallas County Community College District comprises seven colleges located strategically throughout Dallas County. Together, the colleges enroll approximately 50,000 credit and 45,000 non-credit students per long semester and employ over 2,000 full-time faculty and staff members. </P> <P> <B>About Dallas Tele College </B><BR> Dallas Tele College, provides greater access to educational opportunities for learners worldwide through the delivery of flexible, cost-effective courses. From their homes or business sites, students access more than 60 courses in a variety of ways, primarily on television or through the Internet. More than 200,000 students have enrolled in the distance-learning program since it began in 1972. About 10,000 students enroll in the program each academic year. The Associate of Arts and Sciences degree may be earned in its entirety through the distance-learning program. </p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Blackboard Inc. and the TLT Group Align to Provide Online and Onsite Academic Support Services for Higher Education Institutions <b>10/20/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <P> Blackboard, Inc., a leading online education provider, and The TLT Group, the non-profit teaching, learning and technology affiliate of the American Association for Higher Education, today announced the launch of a unique alliance. The “Blackboard TLT Group Academic Support Program” is designed to accelerate colleges~ and universities~ capabilities for using information technology to improve teaching and learning. </P> <P> Services that will be offered through this program include a variety of online and onsite support, and build on The TLT Group~s expertise in the academic uses of technology and Blackboard~s expertise in technology and marketing. The alliance will help institutions set their goals and find consensus among key stakeholders for using technology, help them identify the best online and other education technologies and help them implement and support those technologies throughout their departments and campuses. Services of the new alliance will be available November 1. </P> <P> The impetus for this alliance was an understanding by both parties that most higher education institutions are ready to embrace educational uses of information technology more fully, but they vary sharply in the resources they have for these purposes. Blackboard and The TLT Group created the Academic Support Program to help colleges and universities achieve the most effective uses of technology consistent with their academic missions. </P> <P> “Through the experiences I have had at a variety of institutions across the country, I see an increase in the need for the kinds of services and materials that this program will provide," said Steven W.Gilbert, President of The TLT Group. "Through this alliance with Blackboard, we will be able to reach more institutions sooner and more effectively through new combinations of Web, phone, and onsite activities. We look forward to helping more institutions develop and implement their academic visions – using new combinations of technology and pedagogy.” </P> <P> “Colleges and universities worldwide are looking for ways to open the door to online learning for their faculty and students in a way that improves educational effectiveness, as well as being fast, flexible and cost efficient,” said Lou Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard, Inc. “Blackboard and The TLT Group~s combined competencies in technology and educational consulting help institutions with the enormous challenges of planning and executing online learning initiatives that provide effective instruction and positive learning outcomes for students.” </P> <P> In addition to the Blackboard TLT alliance, Blackboard also provides a wide range of support options through Blackboard Solutions Group. These include training, advice on enhancing Internet instruction, online course design, migration of courses from other formats to Blackboard, installation, technical integration and customization. </P> <P> <B>About The TLT Group </B><BR> The TLT Group, the non-profit teaching, learning and technology affiliate of the American Association for Higher Education, motivates and enables institutions and individuals to improve teaching and learning with technology, while helping them cope with continual change. The Group's Teaching, Learning and Technology Roundtable (TLTR) Program, now in its sixth year, has helped more than 500 colleges and universities re-focus key resources and relevant services for the common goal of improving education through more effective uses of technologies. TLT Roundtables convene those who can and should work together at an institution to reduce the widening gap between what faculty and students expect from technology and what support service professionals can help them achieve. TLT Roundtables deal with technology~s toughest questions and provide thoughtful advice to institutional leaders. In addition, some 200 institutions use the services and materials of the TLT Group's Flashlight Program to develop and implement studies of the educational impact of technology. The AAHESGIT Listserv, moderated by TLT Group president Steven W. Gilbert, now reaches 6,000+ subscribers and many others with daily messages about current issues in technology and education. <BR><BR> Detailed information on other TLT Group core programs is available at www.tltgroup.org. </p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:51 GMT Blackboard Inc. and Microsoft Agree to Partner on Educational Technologies for Online Learning Environments <b>10/21/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <P> Blackboard Inc., a leading online education company that powers online teaching and learning environments at more than 1,100 colleges and universities across the Internet, today announced an agreement with Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) that will enhance the delivery of online learning by colleges and universities that use both Microsoft<SUP>TM</SUP> Windows NT<SUP>TM</SUP> and the Blackboard CourseInfo<SUP>TM</SUP> server software product line. Under the agreement, the companies commit to ensure smooth compatibility between the products as they are upgraded in the future</P> <P> As part of the two-year agreement, Blackboard will enhance its current Blackboard CourseInfo product line for the Windows server platform. Future versions of Blackboard CourseInfo products will benefit from joint development work centered on Microsoft BackOffice products, such as Microsoft SQL Server and Internet Information Server (IIS), and provide tighter integration of Microsoft Office 2000 suite applications such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.</P> <P> Blackboard is one of the oldest and largest online teaching and learning companies and it has become the de facto standard platform for education delivery. Prestigious colleges, universities and K-12 schools -- in every state and in 60 countries -- have made Blackboard software their online teaching and learning environment. Developed with faculty at Cornell University, its Blackboard CourseInfo product line and Blackboard.comSM Web site power more courses for more users than do the products of any other company in the marketplace.</P> <P> “Working with educational software developers to develop leading solutions for schools is part of Microsoft~s continuing efforts to help create a global "Connected Learning Community" in which students, parents and educators have access to technology and information online to support learning today and for a lifetime,” said Joe Powell, Marketing Manager in Microsoft's Education Group. “By naming Blackboard, a Microsoft Certified Solution Provider, as a principal online learning solution provider, we are formalizing an ongoing and collaborative relationship with a company that shares our vision for the future of teaching and learning.”</P> <P> As members of the EDUCAUSE IMS specification project, Blackboard and Microsoft developers have worked closely on designing and implementing a common set of specifications for online learning technologies. As a result, the two companies have agreed to intensify their work around online learning solutions.</P> <P> “Improved integration of Blackboard CourseInfo products, Windows operating system and Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 means educators and students will benefit from greater ease of use between products,” said Lou Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard Inc. “Our partnership with Microsoft allows us to develop products that deliver on the decade-old promise of the Internet -- to deliver seamless, multimedia education in a 24/7 environment.”</P> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:50 GMT Blackboard Inc. Announces December Release of Blackboard CourseInfo 4.0 Product Line and the Addition of an Enterprise Edition <b>10/26/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <P> Blackboard Inc., the leading online education company that powers the online teaching and learning environments at more than 1,600 institutions worldwide, today announced the evolution of its core product line to include a broad range of new capabilities and an enterprise-wide offering. The enhancements come in response to demand from faculty and student users in every state and more than 70 countries. </P> <P> The popular Blackboard CourseInfo<SUP>TM</SUP>, with its renowned ease-of-use and flexibility, now provides a personalized “campus portal” learning environment with easier access to Blackboard CourseInfo course Web sites and other campus services. Blackboard CourseInfo 4.0 includes advanced communication and collaboration tools, full-featured content development and management capabilities, assessment generation and tracking, and a centralized viewpoint for user information called “My Blackboard<SUP>TM</SUP>.” Blackboard CourseInfo 4.0 will be available in December. </P> <P> <B>New Capabilities of Blackboard CourseInfo 4.0 Include:</B></P> <ul><li> “My Blackboard,” a centralized information area that gives faculty members and students a customizable snapshot of events, personal items, announcements and other information for quick reference with easy links to other areas in their online course environments. </li> <li> Personal Tools: personal information management tools that enhance the education experience. They include the ability to view announcements aggregated from all of a student's courses, a personal and shared calendar, task tools to track assignments, an area to check one's grades, a user directory, e-mail to contact fellow students and an address book. </li> <li> Campus Center: institutions can pull together into one user-driven view disparate Web sites that exist throughout their campuses or on the Internet at large. </li> <li> Community: an online community area where students and instructors can share information in discussion areas and post information, all configurable by the instructor. <BR> Search: powerful new Web-wide search capabilities without having to leave the online teaching and learning environment. </li></ul> <P> <B>Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition</B><BR> With the release of version 4.0, the product will also be joined by an addition to the Blackboard CourseInfo product line. Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition<SUP>TM</SUP> (previously named Blackboard Campus during development) designed for institutions with mission-critical needs for their online teaching and learning environments. It provides a sophisticated technology base for total integration, customization, scalability and large-scale system management, and it is built from the ground up to fully support the emerging IMS standards. </P> <P> “Thousands of colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other organizations are eager to take advantage of the power of the Internet to expand the boundaries of their classroom learning and to create distance learning opportunities,” said Lou Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard. “The launch of Blackboard CourseInfo 4.0 – with its robust and expanded capabilities for a campus learning portal – is an important part of our business strategy, strengthening Blackboard CourseInfo's position as the de facto standard for powering online education. It also comes as a direct response to the needs of the people who use this product every day.” </p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:50 GMT Oracle and Blackboard to Provide Unparalleled Integration with Online Learning Resources to Higher Education <b>11/2/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <P> Oracle Corp., the world~s leading supplier of e-business solutions for higher education, and Blackboard Inc., the leading online education company that powers online teaching and learning environments worldwide, today announced today the selection of the Blackboard CourseInfo product line as a primary learning environment for Oracle® Delphi. </P> <P> Oracle Delphi is the most comprehensive package of applications, technology and implementation from a single vendor in the higher education market. Oracle Delphi encompasses the five key solution areas most sought by colleges and universities: Student Solution, Business Solution, Learning Solution, Technology Solution and Implementation Solution. As a result of today~s agreement, Oracle and Blackboard will provide institutions with the first entirely web-based, enterprise-wide solution. </P> <P> Oracle and Blackboard also announced an intent to collaborate on a comprehensive integration of Blackboard~s course management systems, Oracle8iTM and Oracle~s learning architecture technologies. This integration is expected to provide Oracle Delphi customers with enhanced integration and functionality from Blackboard~s CourseInfo Enterprise Edition over standard API-based integration of Blackboard~s CourseInfo with other ERP applications, and will be based on the companies~ mutual commitment to the IMS standards project. </P> <P> Blackboard.com, the largest free course Web site on the Internet, includes more than 12,000 courses developed by colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other organizations and individuals in more than 70 countries and is powered by Oracle technologies. "This announcement between Oracle and Blackboard is one more step in providing our customers with a one-platform, enterprise-wide online teaching and learning environment that can integrate all of their academic and administrative systems," said Louis Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard. </P> <P> "Blackboard~s focus on the effective and flexible online learning needs of colleges and universities is an excellent complement to our technology and applications capabilities," said Carl Kelly, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle~s Higher Education Division. "Colleges and universities will be able to achieve lower total cost of ownership and enhanced administrative and academic productivity with Oracle~s self-service, Web-enabled systems. With Blackboard, we can provide a solution that is not only campus-wide, but also one that is campus-deep." </P> <P> <B>About Oracle</B><BR> Oracle Corporation is the world~s leading supplier of software for information management, and the world~s second largest independent software company. With annual revenues of over $9.1 billion, the company offers its database, tools and application products, along with related consulting, education, and support services, in more than 145 countries around the world. </p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:50 GMT Blackboard Inc. Named one of Washington, D.C.~s Best Places to Work <b>11/16/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p> Blackboard Inc., the leading online education company that powers the online teaching and learning environments at more than 1,600 education institutions in more than 70 countries has been named one of the best places to work in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. </P> <P> Washingtonian Magazine, in its November issue, has named Blackboard Inc. – a two-year-old company -- among “Great Places to Work” in the nation's capital, saying that “there is a lot of excitement in growing a company.” The magazine quotes Blackboard employees who call the atmosphere “dynamic” and “full of energy.” </P> <P> Lou Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard Inc, said, “We're honored to be cited as a great place to work. In just a year, the company has grown from only a core group of 20 people to 125. I am very privileged to work with such a great team. In the quintessential form of Internet company, they work hard and play hard but, most important, they bring to the company a creative force that is helping to transform the Internet into a powerful environment for teaching and learning.” </p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:50 GMT Blackboard Inc. Names Nationally Renowned Education Authority Arthur Levine to Board of Directors <b>12/21/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <P> Blackboard Inc., the leading online education company that powers the online teaching and learning environments at more than 1,600 education institutions in more than 70 countries today announced that nationally renowned education authority Arthur Levine will join its board of directors. </P> <p>>Levine is president and professor of education at Teachers College, Columbia University. A 1982 Guggenheim Fellowship winner, his other awards include being named by Change magazine as "One of the Most Outstanding Leaders in the Academic Community," the 1996 Council of Independent Colleges Academic Leadership Award, the American Council on Education~s "Book of the Year" award in 1974, the Educational Press Association~s annual award for writing, in 1981, 1989 and 1993, and 13 honorary degrees. Before Teachers College, he served as chair of the Institute for Educational Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was also president of Bradford College.</p> <p>"We~re honored and excited to have Arthur Levine join the board of directors," said Matthew Pittinsky, Blackboard Inc. co-founder and chairman. "Faculty members and students at colleges, universities and K-12 schools who are associated with Blackboard, as well as the company~s management and board will benefit greatly from Mr. Levine~s insight, leadership and reputation in the field of education technology. His joining the board will help bring Blackboard and its impact on online education to a new level."</p> <p>Levine said, "This is an exciting era in education. Faculty and students recognize the power and access that the Internet brings to the classroom, to the home and to the workplace. Blackboard, whose service to the education community worldwide already has been profound, is at the forefront of that new era and I am excited to be part of it."</p> <p>Levine has served as consultant to more than 250 colleges and universities. He was also a senior fellow at the Carnegie Foundation and Carnegie Council for Policy Studies in Higher Education. He is the author of dozens of articles and reviews. His most recent book is <i>When Hope and Fear Collide: A Portrait of Today's College Student</i>. Levine received his bachelor's degree from Brandeis University and his Ph.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo.</p> <p>Levine joins other members of the Blackboard Inc. board of directors who include Doug Alexander, managing partner, The Internet Capital Group (NASDAQ: ICGE); Jack Biddle, managing partner, Novak Biddle Partners; Brian Hayhurst, vice president ventures, The Carlyle Group; Roger Novak, managing partner, Novak Biddle Partners; Lou Pugliese, CEO, Blackboard Inc.; Matthew Pittinsky, Blackboard Inc. co-founder and chairman and Michael Chasen, Blackboard Inc. co-founder and president of Web Enterprises; and Daniel Cane, Blackboard Inc. senior vice president.</p> <p><b>About Blackboard Inc.</b><br> Headquartered in Washington, D.C., Blackboard Inc. is a leading Internet infrastructure company focused on powering the online transformation of the global higher education industry - what it calls the ".edu" marketplace. Its flagship <i>Blackboard 5</i> Internet software platform allows colleges, universities and commercial education providers to bring their academic, administrative, community and other educational services online. Blackboard serves more than 3,300 educational institutions and 2.1 million users in every state and more than 70 countries. </p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:50 GMT Blackboard Inc. and HorizonLive.com Team Up To Provide Powerful Voice and Video Capabilities in Live, Instructor-Led Class Discussion Over the Internet <b>12/21/1999 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p> Blackboard Inc., the leading online education company, today announced a partnership with HorizonLive.com, a leader in interactive group learning, that will enable college, university and K-12 instructors to create live, highly interactive, virtual classrooms with voice and video over standard Internet browsers. <p>Under the agreement, the companies agree to align technical development to ensure compatibility between current and future product releases of the Blackboard CourseInfo product line and HorizonLive.com's HorizonLive software. Plans include integrating the products so that HorizonLive is fully “plug-and-play” compatible with Blackboard CourseInfo. HorizonLive is available now to Blackboard users with additional functionality available early next year. Co-marketing arrangements are also being established. Blackboard powers the online teaching and learning environments at more than 1,600 colleges and universities in every state and in 70 countries, reaching more than 2.1 million active users.</p> <p>"This partnership with HorizonLive.com is a major step forward, opening up the Blackboard platform to a wide range of current and future Internet-based teaching and learning products," said Lou Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard Inc. "Our customers are excited to add HorizonLive~s powerful audio and presentation capabilities to the online teaching and learning environments they have created with Blackboard software."</p> <p>"This alliance helps move HorizonLive.com~s virtual classroom into active use in colleges and universities worldwide," said Bob Clyatt, CEO of HorizonLive.com. "By plugging our live classroom into Blackboard~s comprehensive learning environment, we are able to offer users an end-to-end solution for online learning. Our software gives instructors a natural transition to Web-based learning by enabling highly interactive, live voice and video classes in a standard browser."</p> <p><b>How HorizonLive Works</b><br> HorizonLive's intuitive design blends the best of classroom and computer-based training in an easy-to-use classroom atmosphere – live over the Internet. Running entirely within a standard Web browser over a standard Internet connection, the HorizonLive system allows organizations to train students and staff, as well as to hold meetings on-demand around the globe in a cost-effective and timely manner. An instructor or host leading a classroom discussion can speak naturally to participants by using live audio and video, while displaying content materials on each participant's computer screen. HorizonLive.com incorporates RealNetwork's streaming audio and video as well as a proprietary Firewall Friendly<sup>TM</sup> messaging system that enables organizations to deliver classes through most firewalls using their existing Intranet. Live class demonstrations are offered at the HorizonLive.com Web site at <a href="http://www.horizonlive.com">www.horizonlive.com</a> every Monday, Wednesday and Friday, or by request</p> <p><b>About HorizonLive </b><br> HorizonLive.com, based in New York City, is a leader in providing interactive group learning and collaboration solutions on the Internet. HorizonLive.com connects geographically dispersed individuals via the Internet, allowing real-time and recorded presentations in an interactive, seminar-like atmosphere. The system, which solves important logistical and cost problems for clients, provides an important knowledge-management tool for the web-enabled organization. HorizonLive.com clients include Columbia University Institute of Learning Technology, California State University at Chico, Lucent, Siemens, 3Com, Snelling Personnel, PIP Printing, Physicians World, MetLife Prentice-Hall, New York City Transit, New York State Dept. of Education, NASA, Reuters, The Smithsonian Institution (National Zoo),Thomson Global Markets, Ernst & Young and others.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:50 GMT Blackboard Opens Internet to New Era in Education <b>1/19/2000 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p> As traditional higher education institutions look for ways to move their education programs and services onto the Internet, Blackboard today announced the first integratable, packaged enterprise-software platform to replace department-by-department -- and often incompatible -- products used by institutions to bring academic, administrative, community and e-commerce functions online. </P> <p>Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition<sup>TM</sup> is the first enterprise-grade software platform designed specifically from the ground up to power large-scale, customizable online teaching and learning environments. The company also announced an enhanced new version of its renowned Blackboard CourseInfo<sup>TM</sup> product.</p> <p>The release of Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition comes in response to demand from institutions worldwide that, while able to bring their courses online, are unable to integrate that academic function with other critical areas of the institution and launch large-scale online education initiatives. Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition (previously code-named Blackboard "Campus") enables institutions to integrate their academic, administrative, community and e-commerce functions into a single online platform that makes them available to teachers and learners from any Web browser anywhere.</p> <p>"If 1999 was the Big Bang in online education -- where thousands of teachers joined their peers in putting courses online with Blackboard CourseInfo, then 2000 is the year that they will integrate their universe of critical campus functions into a single platform with Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition," said Lou Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard Inc. "This is the only teaching and learning environment of its kind available today -- a scalable and customizable platform that has already been proven a winner by its initial users. We~re encouraged by the significant early demand for this product that has defined the online learning platform category across a $240-billion higher education market."</p> <p>"Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition is helping us realize our vision of creating a cohesive environment, one that integrates with the university's back-office systems and enables students and faculty to share content with each other via the Web," said Larry Conrad, chief information officer of Florida State University. "We were looking for a scalable system to handle our 32,000 students, 1,200 faculty members and 5,000 courses; plus one that adhered to the IMS standards, thus opening the door for sharing content with other institutions. Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition addresses both issues and provides a rich set of features along with a support infrastructure in one neat package. Another bonus is the ability to train faculty to use the system in two or three hours as opposed to a week for competing products." </p> <p><b>Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition</b><br> Blackboard's enterprise edition launches with a wide range of features demanded by today's most innovative learning institutions seeking a mission-critical system: </P> <ul><li> <u>Vision for a long-term online learning platform:</u><br>Modular architecture that can be used easily to add and remove a wide range of teaching, learning and community tools</li> <li><u>Reliability and dependability:</u><br>Built from the ground up to meet mission-critical needs</li> <li><u>Scalable system architecture and modular technology:</u><br> Fundamentally new core technologies (server-side Java and a new enterprise data structure) to deliver a highly scalable enterprise-quality product with support from companies like IBM, Sun Microsystems, Microsoft and Oracle</li> <li><u>Integration and Customization:</u><br>Breaks the fixed-course template model to allow institutions to create their own look and “feel,” powered by Blackboard, and allows integration with other critical campus functions</li> <li><u>Content sharing:</u><br> Blackboard is the first to offer an advanced content library that opens learning resources for sharing across departments and institutions, encouraging re-use and allowing for centralized management.</li> <li><u>Advanced System Management:</u><br>Gives system administrators a high level of control over system-wide functions.</li> </ul> <p><b>Blackboard CourseInfo 4.0 Enhanced Features</b><br> Blackboard today also announced a powerful new version (version 4.0) of its renowned Internet-based software product line, Blackboard CourseInfo, with a broad range of enhanced capabilities. Blackboard is the fastest-growing platform of its kind, powering the online teaching and learning environments at more than 1,600 colleges, universities, K-12 schools and other organizations in every state and 70 countries. More than 2.1 million people power their online teaching and learning environments with Blackboard.</p> <p>Blackboard CourseInfo 4.0 provides a unique, personalized online learning environment with easier access to Blackboard CourseInfo course Web sites and other campus services. "My Blackboard" offers teachers and learners a customizable forum in which to view course and campus announcements in one location, access direct links to course Web sites and groups, view personal calendar and to-do lists, customize the look of their online environment and access links to campus departments, bookstores, libraries and other important areas. Blackboard CourseInfo 4.0 also includes enhanced communication and collaboration tools, full-featured content development and management capabilities, and assessment generation and tracking. Blackboard wraps all of these features in a package that is renowned for its flexibility and ease of use.</p> <p>In addition to "My Blackboard," capabilities of Blackboard CourseInfo 4.0 include enhanced: </P> <ul> <li><u>Personal Tools:</u><br> Personal information management tools that enhance the education experience. They include the ability to view announcements aggregated from all of a student's courses, a personal and shared calendar, task tools to track assignments, an area to check one's grades, a user directory, e-mail to contact fellow students and an address book.</li> <li><u>Campus Center:</u><br> Institutions can pull together into one user-driven view disparate Web sites that exist throughout their campuses or on the Internet at large.</li> <li><u>Community:</u><br> An online community area where students and instructors can share information in discussion areas and post information, all configurable by the instructor</li> <li><u>Search:</u><br> Powerful new Web-wide search capabilities without having to leave the online teaching and learning environment</li> <li><u>Web Resources:</u><br> A collection of educational Internet resources - offered free on Blackboard CourseInfo -- that can help students find important information that corresponds to their studies as well as assisting them in research</li></ul> <p> Blackboard CourseInfo is fully compatible with Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition, ensuring a seamless migration path for institutions that significantly expand the use of online teaching and learning and want to upgrade to a more mission-critical system. All Blackboard products are built from the ground up to support the emerging IMS standards, backed by more than 1,600 academic institutions. For teachers who want to enter online education quickly and easily with only a few courses, Blackboard also offers a Web site -- <a href="http://www.blackboard.com">www.blackboard.com</a> -- in which they can create their courses at no cost. Blackboard.com is one of the largest and fastest-growing destinations on the Internet for creating and taking online courses.</p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:50 GMT Blackboard and Tegrity Give Teachers the Power to Add Multimedia Recordings of Live Classroom Lectures to Their Online Courses <b>2/8/2000 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p> You can bring the Internet into the classroom, but bringing the classroom lecture onto the Internet is more difficult - or at least it <i>was</i>, until today. </P> <p>Blackboard Inc., the leading online education company, and Tegrity Inc., the provider of WebLearner, an advanced solution for generating Web-based content, today announced an agreement that will enable faculty to post multimedia recordings of classroom lectures to their online courses using the Blackboard CourseInfo platform. This agreement will allow students who may have missed all or part of a lecture to view it on any Internet browser at any time and for faculty to share their lectures easily with colleagues. For example, a journalism professor may wish to provide a clip of her presentation on election coverage to a political science professor~s course Web site on the presidency.</p> <p>Here~s how it works: Faculty will use a portable Tegrity WebLearner system in the classroom to record lectures. The system is the size of a small, standard media cart, and provides the basic technology needed to generate Web-based lessons. The system~s projector displays a professor~s presentation onto a regular whiteboard. It provides simple tools for navigating through the presentation and capturing indexed audio, video, high-resolution display of slides, whiteboard writing and other elements of a classroom lesson. Once it is uploaded to a course Web site using the Blackboard software platform, it can then be viewed at any time.</p> <p>Nick Laudato of the University of Pittsburgh, Center for Instructional Development & Distance Education, who has already been using the two systems said, "The Blackboard and Tegrity products work well together - the Tegrity solution allows us to add more personal, more human, and more interesting components to the Blackboard environment. We believe this increases the effectiveness of our instructional materials." Dr. Laudato has used Tegrity with CourseInfo to help create self-instructional seminars to train other faculty in using CourseInfo.</p> <p>"The marriage of good course content and recordings of lectures given by skilled teachers brings online learning closer to the live classroom experience," said Lou Pugliese, CEO of Blackboard. "And for people who study in an environment outside of the classroom - often hundreds of miles from the campus -- the ability to view full lectures over the Internet fills a significant gap in their learning. This attention to the needs of faculty and students, with partners like Tegrity, has helped propel Blackboard to the leadership position in online learning worldwide."</p> <p>Daniel Platzker, Tegrity CEO stated, "I am impressed with Blackboard and excited that they are becoming a Tegrity eLearning Alliance partner. Our customers have already embraced our solution for converting traditional classroom teaching into rich, web-based lessons, and now many of them will be better able to manage this content through Blackboard~s enterprise solution."</p> <p>Last month, Blackboard announced the launch of Blackboard CourseInfo Enterprise Edition<sup>TM</sup>, the first enterprise-grade software platform designed specifically from the ground up to integrate institutions' academic, administrative, community and e-commerce functions online.</p> <p><b>About Tegrity</b><BR> Tegrity, Inc. based in San Jose, California, was founded in 1995 to develop software tools and services to aid group learning processes and incorporate new technologies into traditional classroom settings. Today, Tegrity's patented technology is changing the face of education by providing a bridge between traditional, classroom-based education and web-based learning. Tegrity WebLearner<sup>TM</sup> is a complete solution on a mobile cart with all the basic technologies needed for both classroom and web-based learning. With the Tegrity system, instructors can seamlessly integrate legacy materials with digital media and Internet content, and effortlessly broadcast, record and store their lessons on the web with no production cost. Additional information about Tegrity and sample recorded lessons can be found at <a href="http://www.tegrity.com">http://www.tegrity.com</a>.</font></p> Mon, 16 Apr 2012 15:33:50 GMT Powered by Blackboard, e-Learning Opportunities Abound in Tennessee <b>12/18/2000 , Washington, D.C. </b> - <p>As many university systems wind down for the winter break, the state of Tennessee is still going strong—continuing to transform the Tennessee learning environment with Blackboard.</p> <p>The state of Tennessee is comprised of two higher education systems, the University of Tennessee and the Tennessee Board of Regents, and recently has taken huge leaps in the area of e-Learning.</p> <p>Each of the five campuses comprising the University of Tennessee has selected Blackboard as its e-Learning solution. By standardizing on Blackboard for its online and Web-enhanced courses, the University is able to enjoy economies of scale and leverage limited resources. For example, UT faculty members are collaborating to develop modular courses for the Blackboard platform that can be used across campuses.</p> <p>"Blackboard is a robust and aggressive company and we feel certain that they will lead us in the right direction for e-Learning,” said Susan Metros, assistant vice president of educational technology at UT. “The Blackboard platform provides our faculty the ability to collaborate and to communicate with the student body without feeling encumbered by the technology.”</p> <p>"Blackboard has been one of the shining lights of UT's information technology efforts over the past two years and will continue to be the unifying factor among all the UT campuses and programs. We look forward to working with Blackboard in the coming years to continually meet the demand of our faculty and students,” said J. Brice Bible, assistant vice-president of research and information technology at UT.</p> <p>In addition to the success of Blackboard at the Tennessee system, some of the largest institutions in the Tennessee Board of Regents also have selected Blackboard as their e-Learning platform provider, including the University of Memphis, East Tennessee State University, Austin Peay State University, Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee State, Dyersburg State University and NE State.</p> <p>Blackboard also is providing the e-Learning infrastructure for many of Tennessee's private schools, such as Vanderbilt – Owen School of Business, Lipscomb University and King College.</p> <p>&