Competency based learning offers many practical benefits for learners, including efficient and potentially lower-cost degrees/credentials, options to apply prior learning and experiential learning to degree progress, flexible pace, and alignment of competencies to career opportunities. How do we achieve these benefits? Blackboard has been analyzing competency based education models, practices, policies, and trends through independent […]
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Guest post from Terry Patterson, Blackboard Catalyst Award winning LMS Application Administrator for the University of Missouri. Terry has spent the last ten years working with numerous Blackboard Learn environments within higher education. He recently authored the first book on Blackboard Learn Administration. Last year marked my tenth year as an LMS administrator, most […]
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On Oct 7, 2014, nearly one hundred public and private sector leaders in the federal training sector attended Blackboard’s Federal Strategies Workshop. Attendees heard from experts at the Federal Aviation Administration, U.S. General Services Administration and Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts. Topics ranged from integrations of learning platforms, to best practices for competency-based learning, […]
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IT teams everywhere are devoting too much time to first-level support. In a recent survey, Blackboard studied 500,000 support interactions over the course of a year and found that almost half (45.78%, if you want to be precise) were simple password-reset requests. By redirecting those calls to technologies such as password-retrieval tools, 46% of incoming […]
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Competency based learning empowers learners to focus on mastery of valuable skills and knowledge and learn at their own pace. This seems like a straightforward statement, but what does it mean in practice? Our competency based education lexicon, developed in collaboration with the American Council on Education, helps chart the landscape of terms and concepts. […]
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Last week, Unizin, a university owned-and directed consortium, announced that they will be piloting xpLor, our open content repository that is standards-based, cloud-delivered and has a growing network of users across institutions and LMSs. I wanted to take some time to explain why a partnership between Unizin and Blackboard makes sense and the opportunities that could […]
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I am delighted to announce a monumental milestone in the evolution of Blackboard. Our industry-leading learning management system (LMS) Blackboard Learn is now available in the cloud. In the video below, I discuss some of the fantastic benefits our customers will experience with the addition of this deployment model. I also shed a little light […]
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EDUCAUSE 2014 is underway here in Orlando, and we’re excited to be among the thousands of people who came to share ideas and learn some new ones. Some of these ideas have been focused around an issue that has seemed to find its way back to the forefront: evaluating an LMS. One session centered around […]
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I am incredibly excited to announce the latest step in our renewed product strategy that is acutely focused on innovation and providing more value to our end-users: we have acquired Requestec, one of the leading WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) companies. So, what is WebRTC? It is a cutting-edge technology that allows for synchronous communications, such […]
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This post is the second of two parts from Eric Kunnen, Associate Director of eLearning and Emerging Technologies at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) in Allendale, Michigan, and a Blackboard MVP. Eric’s primary role focuses on collaborating and supporting distance learning initiatives at the university while exploring future trends in emerging technologies in teaching and […]
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