Podcast My Class! Tegrity and Blackboard Bring Enhanced Podcasting to Colleges and Universities Nationwide
College Students Can Use iPods to Replay Classes in Enhanced Podcast Format
SANTA CLARA, CA AND WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 04, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Tegrity, a worldwide leader in student achievement systems, and
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of technology to
educational institutions, are making it possible for college students
to watch and listen to class lectures on their iPods at any time and
from any location. Through Tegrity(R) Campus enterprise software and
the Blackboard Learning System(TM), recorded instruction from every
class can now be automatically converted to enhanced podcasts for
students to review later.
The Tegrity Campus enterprise software seamlessly integrates with
Blackboard, and includes a Blackboard Building Block(TM), described
and available for download at http://www.blackboard.com/extend/b2/.
Blackboard Building Blocks are third party applications which enable
academic institutions to extend and customize their Blackboard(R)
application. The Tegrity Campus Blackboard Building Block enables
institutions to automatically capture, store and index every class on
campus for later replay by every student. The on-demand content is
accessible through Blackboard on any computer, and is now available
on iPods as well. Each podcast is automatically indexed and enhanced
with instructor audio, slides and annotations from class, making it
much more engaging than audio-only podcasts.
El Centro College of the Dallas (TX) County Community College
District is the first Blackboard enterprise client to adopt Tegrity
enhanced podcasting. Tuck Minnett, El Centro's Director of Distance
Learning, says that "iPods are everywhere and their portability is
becoming an inevitable part of education's future. Our students are
now able to reinforce their learning while on the way to school,
work, home or just juggling their busy schedules."
Blackboard provides the e-Learning platform used by colleges and
universities across the country and abroad. For more than a decade,
Tegrity's technology has enabled educational institutions to
automatically record every class on campus and deliver them online for
students to access. Together Blackboard and Tegrity will enable
greater access to educational resources and content providing
significant convenience and flexibility to the members of academic
institutions around the world.
How Tegrity's Blackboard Building Block Works - Podcasts
Automatically Created from Class
Tegrity Podcast setup starts at the beginning of the semester as the
Tegrity Campus Blackboard Building Block adds a podcast subscription
button in every Blackboard course and sends a personalized email to
students with a one-click link for subscribing to their podcasts
During class, instructors press one button to start and stop
recording and the software automatically creates visual podcasts
broken down by chapter, that are automatically uploaded after class
to the right place on the Tegrity Server. The Tegrity Campus
Blackboard Building Block component uses information already
available in the Blackboard Learning System to automatically
catalogue the recordings by course. While listening to their
podcasts, students can easily navigate to specific parts (chapters)
of their class and get right to the information they need.
Blackboard administrators and other stakeholders in the institution
can use the Tegrity Campus governance component to track usage,
observing how students effortlessly take advantage of more
instruction hours without burdening institution staff.
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) is a leading provider of enterprise
software applications and related services to the education industry.
Founded in 1997, Blackboard enables educational innovations
everywhere by connecting people and technology. With two product
suites, the Blackboard Academic Suite(TM) and the Blackboard Commerce
Suite(TM), Blackboard is used by millions of people at academic
institutions around the globe, including colleges, universities, K-12
schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers
and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and
their students. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with
offices in North America, Europe and Asia.
Educate. Innovate. Everywhere.
Since 1995, Tegrity has provided award-winning products that improve
learning and increase enrollment at over 350 educational
institutions. The ground-breaking new Tegrity Campus student
achievement system is designed to be deployed institution-wide and
used by every student. With Tegrity Campus, institutions
automatically capture every class and deliver it online in-sync with
optional students' hand written notes. At any time, students can
replay entire classes from Blackboard; on their iPods; or by clicking
on their digital notes to recall key moments. It reinforces learning
with time-saving, flexible ways to learn and study, boosting
retention and graduation rates. Tegrity Campus integrates governance
tools to ensure a measurable impact on students, faculty, and program
utilization. Tegrity is based in Santa Clara, California with
regional offices throughout the United States. www.tegrity.com
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