“The teacher is a mediator between the knower and the known, between the learner and the subject to be learned.” -Parker Palmer, To Know as We Are Known One of the prevailing and unfortunate myths surrounding competency-based education vs traditional education is that faculty are not as important in competency-based education and the role of […]
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At Blackboard, accessibility has become a key part of our company culture. We believe it is an imperative, not an afterthought. Our mission is to reimagine education and in a recent post, Robert Solis from UMassOnline talks about how Blackboard’s shifting culture and mission is positively impacting the educational experiences of teachers and students with […]
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Communications leaders, district leaders and community members have been sharing their viewpoints on social media in schools. Did you know….? 1 out of 4 communications leaders said they fear using social media and identified it as one of their key communication challenges.1 Social media was named the second most effective aspect of community engagement, right […]
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Since BbWorld 2015, we’ve been hard at work on our new user experience for learners and educators we’re calling the Ultra experience. It’s an experience that is modern, efficient, and intuitive; and one that is focused on improved workflows and an accessible and responsive design. Blackboard’s new Ultra experience is a set of design principles […]
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The energy at BbWorld 2016 is tremendous. Each year, I’m amazed by the passion, optimism and creative ideas I find at BbWorld, and this year is no exception. The most exciting part of the conference for those of us who work at Blackboard is finding ways to match the energy our customers bring to the […]
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Yesterday’s announcement of Blackboard Predict might sound a bit familiar. That’s because in December 2015, Blackboard acquired an innovative startup called Blue Canary, and it is upon this basic technology that Blackboard Predict was built. But Blackboard Predict isn’t just a new name applied to an old product. Rather, since Blue Canary was acquired, our […]
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I’m proud to announce Blackboard’s newest innovation, Bb Planner! Blackboard’s Bb Planner helps students take control of their educational experience. With Bb Planner, students can identify their passions and interests to drive insightful academic decisions. It supports them as they analyze and compare different decisions to see impact on their course of study. They can […]
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On Monday, Blackboard announced that its Moodlerooms platform had been certified in accordance with IMS Caliper, an industry standard for publishing learning data for consumption by researchers and learning analytics tools. This is now immediately available for all of our Moodlerooms clients and, thanks to a free open source plugin, we are enabling learning analytics […]
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When it comes to online teaching and learning, institutions have to support a wide range of instructor experience and comfort as it pertains to technology. No two courses and instructors are alike, and there shouldn’t be a one size fits all approach that all instructors are forced into. Nor should institutions be forced to adopt […]
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My colleagues at Blackboard and I recently completed the first phase of an online competency-based education (CBE) resource hub that curates the latest developments in this explosive field that has the potential to impact every aspect of a college or university. In fact, by its very nature, starting a CBE program has the potential to […]
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