SOURCE: Blackboard Inc.

September 11, 2007 08:00 ET

Blackboard Hosts BbWorld Asia Pac '07 September 10-12, Gold Coast, Australia

Hundreds of Academic Leaders Registered for e-Learning Conference

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - September 11, 2007) - BbWorld Asia Pac '07 - Blackboard Inc. (NASDAQ: BBBB) opened its annual Asia Pacific Users Conference, BbWorld™ Asia Pac '07 to an audience of more than 250 people, from Australia, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Singapore, and the People's Republic of China, among other nations.

The honorable Dr. Barry Jones will deliver the opening keynote address titled, "The Decline of the Public Intellectual and Commercialisation of Knowledge: Universities as Trading Corporations and Export Earners." Blackboard will also deliver a keynote on findings from international research focused on key issues and trends in Education.

Blackboard will announce several new and/or recent product innovations including:

--  Blackboard Data Center in Asia Pacific - Blackboard's fourth data
    center, to service academic institutions in their e-Learning initiatives
    will open in 2008, located in Australia;
--  SafeAssign™ by Blackboard - a new plagiarism deterrence service
    available to Blackboard enterprise clients at no additional cost, to assist
    in detecting unoriginal content in student papers and delivering reports
    within the Blackboard Learning System™;
--  Scholar™ by Blackboard - Blackboard's free social bookmarking and
    academic resource sharing service is connecting Blackboard users - faculty,
    students and administrators, across campuses and across the globe;
--  Blackboard Learning Platform Extensions - 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™).

"We are excited about the opportunity BbWorld Asia Pac provides to build upon existing relationships and facilitate new ones among the Blackboard® community," said Michael Chasen, CEO and president of Blackboard. "The conference provides an extremely valuable opportunity for us to share news with clients, solicit feedback, and provide a venue for Blackboard users to network, share best practices and foster relationships that continue long after the conference ends."

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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