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FEEVALE University Selects Blackboard for Online and Mobile Learning

University Expands Courses with Online Learning Investment

Jan 18, 2013

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 LMS, mobile learning, Web collaboration tools along with their managed hosting 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.”

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About Grupo A (www.grupoa.com.br) 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.

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