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UMBC Adopts Blackboard's Internet2 NET+ Solution and Services Offering


Leading Research University Leverages Jointly Created Learning, Analytics, and Content Solution

WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) has reaffirmed and expanded their partnership with Blackboard by moving to the company's customized learning and analytics offering for Internet2's higher education members.

Announced earlier this year, Blackboard's Internet2 NET+ offering was developed in partnership with technology leaders from leading institutions in the Internet2 community, including UMBC. It offers access to the company's market-leading solutions for teaching, learning, and collaboration, as well as robust analytic and learning outcomes tools, a cloud-based, cross-institutional content repository, and helpdesk and adoption services.

UMBC has leveraged Blackboard's market-leading teaching and learning environment since 2000 and the company's analytics solutions since 2004. Today's announcement marks an expansion of the Blackboard solutions and services the school will deploy.  

"Our students and faculty need access to environments and tools that help them generate the best learning outcomes," said Jack Suess, vice president of information technology and chief information officer at UMBC. "Blackboard's product innovations and deep commitment to standards, along with the high value of their NET+ solution with Internet2, made it an obvious choice. The adoption of this solution will help us use technology better to support pedagogical innovation. We will be able to connect to a wider community of research universities using similar tools to see how we might improve our understanding and support of teaching and learning."

At the core of the NET+ offer is a fully-featured online and mobile version of the company's flagship LMS and synchronous collaboration environment. xpLor, the company's open content repository that is standards-based and cloud-delivered, is an integral part of the offer that allows for the collaborative development of course materials within and across institutions and all standards-compliant LMSs. The offer also includes robust analytics tools that aggregate data on student behavior to help improve curriculums, programs and policies.

Through the offer, Blackboard is able to collaborate with the Internet2 community through joint initiatives and research on the effective use of analytics, the collaborative development of open educational resources, and flexible but secure identity management, among other topics of critical importance to higher education.

Internet2 members can learn more about the offering by emailing netplus@internet2.edu or visiting http://www.blackboard.com/internet2-netplus.aspx.

For more information about Blackboard, please visit www.blackboard.com or follow @Blackboard on Twitter.

About Internet2
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. 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 Indiana University. 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. Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, Mich.; Denver, Colo.; Emeryville, Calif.; Washington, D.C; and West Hartford, Conn. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 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.

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