Blackboard and LAMS International Unveil LAMS Building Block
New Open-Source Application Integrates With Blackboard Learning System to Provide Collaborative Lesson Planning and Delivery Tool
WASHINGTON, DC, Jan 24, 2006 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of technology to
educational institutions and LAMS, the world's leading open source
learning design system, today announced the availability of the LAMS
Blackboard Building Block, a unique software application for
designing, managing and delivering online collaborative learning
activities. This new Building Block provides instructors with an
intuitive drag and drop authoring tool for creating learning
activities for students. Using the LAMS Building Block instructors
can design individual tasks, small group activities and whole class
activities then organize them in sequence for students to collaborate
The LAMS Building Block seamlessly integrates with Blackboard and is
available for download, free of charge in the Blackboard Building
Blocks catalogue 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 LAMS Building Block is a prime example of open source and
Blackboard working together towards the common goal of enhancing
education," said Matthew Pittinsky, Chairman of Blackboard. "This new
tool clearly demonstrates that open source and corporate
developed/supported software do not and should not be mutually
exclusive of each other; but instead can work side by side to create
an end result greater than the sum of the individual parts. It is
tremendously exciting to work with LAMS to facilitate this kind of
cutting edge functionality."
Nanyang Technological University in Singapore is the first academic
institution to utilize this new tool.
"Our LAMS integration within Blackboard has enabled us to package our
distance education offerings and provide more stimulating and
engaging interaction," said Paul Gagnon, Senior Deputy Director of the
Centre for Educational Development at Nanyang Techological
University. "Lectures are videotaped, chunked, inserted within a LAMS
activity and surrounded with a variety of interactive strategies. We
are still in our infancy with this technology but are very excited
about the vistas it opens."
Blackboard provides the e-Learning platform used by colleges and
universities across the country and abroad. LAMS provides open source
software for the education market across all sectors to design and
deliver collaborative lessons over the Internet. Blackboard and LAMS
together will provide greater convenience and easier access to
educational resources to the members of academic institutions around
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.
LAMS is a revolutionary new tool for designing, managing and
delivering online collaborative learning activities. It provides
teachers with a highly intuitive visual authoring environment for
creating sequences of learning activities. These activities can
include a range of individual tasks, small group work and whole class
activities based on both content and collaboration.
LAMS International is the organisation that provides a range of
services built around the LAMS software. These services include;
technical support, hosting, training, integration and software
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SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.