Application Pack 1 for the Blackboard Learning System(TM)-- Vista Enterprise and CE Enterprise Licenses Features New Capabilities to Support Active Learning
Students, for the First Time, Can Contribute Content to Courses,
Participate in Class Blogs and Rate Peers' Discussion Posts
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2006--
Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) announces today the immediate
availability of Application Pack 1 for the Blackboard Learning
System(TM)-- Vista Enterprise License and the Blackboard Learning
System(TM)-- CE Enterprise Ltd License (formerly known as WebCT
Vista(R) and WebCT Campus Edition--Institution(TM), respectively). The
Application Pack, available now to current licensees of these systems,
offers a host of active learning enhancements that give students new
ways to express themselves and learn from peers.
Blackboard unveiled Application Pack 1 at IMPACT 2006, the 8th
Annual WebCT User Conference. Blackboard recently merged with WebCT,
Inc. and the combined company continues to provide and support the
full range of each organization's product lines to education
institutions around the world.
The new Peer Review feature in the discussions tool allows
students to rate each other's posts based on criteria set by the
instructor, promoting active engagement and quality student
interactions. Instructors can create simple rating scales that foster
richer feedback, and can elect to make ratings anonymous, visible only
to the author or visible to the entire class.
"We are very interested in learning how peer review in discussions
affects the quality of those discussions and the value that students
extract from them," said John Campbell, associate vice president for
teaching and learning technologies at Purdue University. Purdue
assisted WebCT's development of the feature and is conducting a formal
study on the functionality.
Interactive Class Blog capabilities enable instructors to create
Weblogs that provide students a new genre and forum for expression and
collaboration with peers online. Blogs are a popular new medium by
which students stay connected and share ideas.
Instructors can enable Student Contributions to the course
environment, letting students incorporate their own suggested Web
links or media library entries in a course to share with the rest of
the class. Student-centered features like this help engage students
and promote active learning.
Students can keep individual Journals to reflect on their learning
experiences. Journals provide a private space where students can
include sample writings or reactions to a class lecture or discussion.
Using a new journal review console, instructors can assess students'
personal narratives by simply clicking on the student name to display
his or her entries.
"The Application Pack is our way of delivering immediate value
from the combined development resources of WebCT and Blackboard
without waiting for major product releases," said Michael Chasen,
Blackboard president and chief executive officer. "Customers have
expressed great hopes in the active learning potential of these new
capabilities as well as many others on the Blackboard and WebCT
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. Blackboard solutions are 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, Australia and Asia. WebCT is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Blackboard Inc.
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CONTACT: Blackboard Inc.
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SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.