The transition [to SaaS] has significantly increased the value of our investments in education technology as it enables us to expand our teaching and learning strategies.

Dolf Jordaan
Dolf Jordaan
Deputy Director E-Learning & Media Development
University of Pretoria

Reason for moving to SaaS: 

“SaaS provides us with a stable and robust environment — one we need to support teaching, learning and student success.”

Transition experience:

  • December 2018 – Moved to SaaS from Managed Hosting

  • July 2020 – Planned activation of the Ultra Base Navigation

Perspective on SaaS:

"The SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn provides staff and students with greater stability and availability that further enhance the overall online experience."

“[SaaS deployment] contributes to enhancing our current educational ecosystem to support teaching, learning, and student success strategies.”

“Blackboard’s and AWS’ professional services enabled us to reduce service interruption during the migration to only a few hours. Subsequently, have we experienced 100% LMS availability — enabling us to provide students the service they are accustomed to with the Internet.”

“SaaS provides the opportunity for the university as well as other national higher education institutions to offer a level of service to students that's near impossible to achieve on our own.”


  • Located in Hatfield, Pretoria, South Africa

  • 53,000 FTE

  • Blackboard client since 1997

  • Blackboard products licensed: Learn, Collaborate, Analytics for Learn, Predict

Press Release: "Major South African Universities Leverage Blackboard Learn in the Cloud"