Blackboard Inc. (ticker: BBBB, exchange: NASDAQ Global Market (.O))
News Release -
Blackboard Partners With Syracuse University to Develop Sakai Integration
Effort is Part of Blackboard's Flexible, Open Next Generation Platform
LAS VEGAS, July 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc.
(Nasdaq: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise technology,
announced today that it has partnered with Syracuse University to develop
software that will allow institutions to connect their Blackboard learning
environment with the open source Sakai course management system.
The effort is part of Project NG, Blackboard's multi-year, multi-release
project to deliver a next generation teaching and learning solution. With
Project NG, Blackboard is working to create a more open, flexible platform
that allows educators to better personalize, customize and integrate their
As part of Project NG, Blackboard developed the Learning Environment
Connector, which makes it possible for students and faculty to use other
course management systems within the Blackboard environment and is available
now on version 8 of the Blackboard Learning System(TM). Building on that
technology, Syracuse will develop the Blackboard-Sakai Connector to allow for
seamless integration between the two systems. Blackboard is also planning to
develop a similar connector for the open source Moodle course management
"Students should not have to worry about whether different technology is
powering their online learning environments for different classes," said
Michael L. Chasen, President and CEO of Blackboard. "With a single login users
should have access to all of their courses and course material. There should
be one place they can go to get all of their course information."
With the Blackboard-Sakai Connector, institutions can provide access to a
full range of educational opportunities and materials in one place, regardless
of where they were originally developed or located, making access easier for
faculty and students at campuses that may be using more than one course
"This development effort is very important to Syracuse," said Michael
Morrison, Manager of Academic Applications at Syracuse. "This partnership
makes sense for us, given our large installed base of active Blackboard
The Blackboard-Sakai Connector will be a Blackboard Building Block(TM), an
application that institutions or third-parties develop to enhance and extend
the Blackboard learning environment. The Blackboard-Sakai Connector will be
released as open source and join more than 150 free or open source Blackboard
Building Blocks currently available to the entire Blackboard community. The
Connector will then be integrated as part of Blackboard's next generation
Primary development of the Blackboard-Sakai Connector will take place at
Syracuse, with design guidance and review and support from Blackboard.
The announcement was made at the Blackboard Developers Conference in Las
Vegas, Nevada, where several hundred software and technology professionals
convened to share ideas for independent, third-party applications that build
on and extend Blackboard solutions to address specific academic and
institutional needs. The conference precedes BbWorld '08(R), where more than
2,000 members of the global e-learning community will gather this week at
Blackboard's annual event focused on best practices and innovative
breakthroughs in education technology.
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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.
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Form 10-Q filed on May 9, 2008 with the SEC. In addition, the forward-looking
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July 15, 2008. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments
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any date subsequent to July 15, 2008.
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