Jul 20, 2015
WASHINGTON, July 20, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard today announced that it has certified its flagship software-as-a-service (SaaS)-based LMS Blackboard Learn™ to provide data about learner and teacher use, as specified by the IMS Caliper™ v1.0 standard. It is the first company to complete this certification process. Caliper is the recently released standard from the IMS Global Learning Consortium, only available to IMS Contributing and Affiliate members.
This is the latest evidence of Blackboard's continued commitment to bringing learning analytics capabilities to its customers, thereby providing them with insights that can enhance learning outcomes, drive retention and increase success.
This real-time feed of learning data, referred to by the Caliper standard as an "event stream," will be available at no additional cost to all users of Blackboard's SaaS platform. Compliance has been certified with key "metric profiles" that cover actions such as logging into Learn, submitting a homework assignment, or receiving a grade.
"We strongly believe that learning analytics can help institutions, faculty, teachers and learners make informed decisions about the learning process," said Mark Strassman, senior vice president of industry and product management at Blackboard. "This milestone and our overall support for Caliper demonstrates Blackboard's commitment to analytics, and cements our role as a good steward of educational data."
"Just as IMS Learning Tools Interoperability™ (LTI™) revolutionized the ease with which institutions can incorporate innovative products into the learning experience, IMS Caliper™ is designed to revolutionize the ease with which data can be used to improve those same experiences," said Dr. Rob Abel, Chief Executive of IMS Global. "Blackboard is providing bold leadership to the education sector by being the first organization to complete conformance certification to ensure interoperability is achieved across the ecosystem."
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