SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.

July 10, 2007 14:15 ET

Blackboard Extends e-Learning Capabilities to Additional Learning Platforms

Blackboard Community, Content and Outcomes Systems Now Available to Entire Client Base

BOSTON, MA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - BbWorld '07, Blackboard Annual Users Conference -- Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise software and services, announced today that the full capabilities of the Blackboard Academic Suite™ are now available to clients who use the Blackboard Learning System - CE Enterprise License™ (formerly WebCT Campus Edition™) and Blackboard Learning System - Vista Enterprise License™ (formerly WebCT Vista™). These product offerings provide powerful capabilities that enable institutions to develop collaborative communities, on- and off-campus, manage learning content and assess learning outcomes.

These capabilities are available to academic institutions using the Blackboard Learning System - CE 4, CE 6 and Vista 4 Enterprise Licenses.

Blackboard merged with WebCT in February 2006 and announced plans at last year's users conference, BbWorld '06, to continue to innovate and support WebCT's e-Learning solutions. Today's announcement signifies Blackboard's ongoing commitment to its entire community.

"We continually hear from institutions that their course management system is vital to teaching and learning on campus," said Catherine Burdt, Sr. Analyst with Eduventures, Inc. "As institutions embrace new program types and new ways of delivering their academic programs, the ability to provide additional functionality for delivering content, building communities and assessing learning outcomes is imperative."

"The availability of the full suite of Blackboard e-Learning solutions for our entire global community marks an exciting and significant milestone," said Michael Chasen, president and CEO of Blackboard. "These extended capabilities enable all members of the Blackboard community to provide richer and more engaging educational experiences. We are privileged to play a role in this important process."

The following Blackboard solutions will enable extended learning capabilities:

The Blackboard Community System™ enables campuses to create online communities for students and faculty. These communities enhance information flow, improve student engagement and retention through increased interactions and foster connections between students.

The Blackboard Content System™ enables increased collaboration and efficiency in teaching and learning, by providing access to educational content -- anytime, anywhere. This application makes it easier to identify relevant learning resources, share key documents with others and showcase accomplishments.

The Blackboard Outcomes System™ provides institutions greater visibility around effectiveness and the tools and insight to guide measurable improvement. The platform reduces the time and cost of assessment by structuring, tracking and reporting on assessment processes like accreditation and strategic planning. Academic and administrative outcomes can be measured more easily using a comprehensive set of instruments.

For more information about these extended e-Learning capabilities, and products please visit

About Blackboard Inc.

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. Millions of people use Blackboard everyday 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.


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