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Blackboard Mobile Apps Reach 4.5 Million Downloads

More Colleges and Universities Embrace Mobile Strategies to Keep Up with Rising Student Expectations

WASHINGTON, Nov. 28, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc.'s 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 Blackboard Mobile™ 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.

During the first two months of the fall 2012 semester alone, Blackboard Mobile™ Learn was downloaded an average of 7,000 times per day with students logging in over 70 million times. Blackboard Mobile™ Central 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. 

"The continuous adoption of mobility in education confirms that this 'trend' has truly become an expectation of today's college-bound students," said Kayvon Beykpour, General Manager of Blackboard Mobile. "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."

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.

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 introduction of personal license downloads earlier this year, over 120,000 students and faculty have purchased Blackboard Mobile Learn directly from the App Store or Google Play.

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.

For more information about Blackboard Mobile, please visit or follow @Bb_Mobile on Twitter.

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern-day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

Source: Blackboard Inc.