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Wimba and Elluminate Named as Top Collaboration Solutions in IMS LearnSat Survey

Wimba Takes First Place, Elluminate Third in User Satisfaction Survey

WASHINGTON, Sept 09, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ --

Wimba and Elluminate, two leading solutions for collaboration, were named as top solutions in the IMS LearnSat survey, Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) today announced, ranking first and third, respectively, in the Live Presentation or Collaboration category of the IMS Global Learning Consortium's 2009/2010 Learning Technology Satisfaction and Trends (LearnSat) Survey.

The survey is conducted by IMS GLC to assess end user satisfaction in more than 20 categories of learning technology products and services, and to follow key trends in the overall use of technology in education. Previously, Elluminate earned Best in Category honors in the Live category of the first LearnSat survey, conducted by IMS GLC in 2007.

"Earning top honors in the LearnSat survey is particularly meaningful because it represents the endorsement of so many institutions and users that have successfully used our solutions to support and enhance the work they do," said Maurice Heiblum, President of Blackboard Collaborate. "We're honored that they've counted our solutions among the very best in education technology."

Today, Wimba and Elluminate are both part of Blackboard Collaborate, which includes the leading education focused Web, video and audio conferencing solutions used by thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations worldwide to support more engaging and interactive classes, meetings and other interactions. Both solutions are often used independently, or integrated with Blackboard's learning management platforms or with other open source and commercial course management systems.

At Blackboard, the solutions will continue to be developed with an emphasis on open standards for greater interoperability among learning technologies, and on accessibility for all types of users. In addition, Blackboard Collaborate will continue to drive and evangelize standards that allow institutions a wide range of choice and flexibility when selecting the technologies that support their learning environments.

"Congratulations to Wimba and Elluminate on doing so well in the IMS LearnSat survey," said Rob Abel, Chief Executive of IMS Global. "It is great to see that Blackboard is committed to supporting integrations for Wimba and Elluminate with IMS open standards going forward."

For more information about Blackboard Collaborate, please visit For more on Elluminate and Wimba, please visit and

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) 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.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard and other statements containing the words "believes," "anticipates," "plans," "expects," "will," and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" section of our Form 10-Q filed on August 9, 2010 with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent the Company's views as of September 9, 2010. 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 forward-looking statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company's views as of any date subsequent to September 9, 2010.

    Matt Maurer, Blackboard Inc.
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SOURCE Blackboard Inc.