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From: JakeStraw10/28/2008 8:05:49 AM
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Blackboard Partners With Iowa State University To Develop Moodle Integration
Tuesday October 28, 4:00 am ET

Open Source Integrations Create More Freedom & Control for Faculty, Students

ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB), a leading provider of educational enterprise technology, announced today that it has partnered with Iowa State University to develop software that will allow institutions to connect their Blackboard® learning environment with the open source Moodle course management system.

In July, Blackboard announced a similar partnership with Syracuse University to develop an integration for the open source Sakai course management system. Both efforts -- which will be made available at no cost to institutions in the Blackboard community -- are part of Project NG, Blackboard's multi-year, multi-release effort to deliver a next generation teaching and learning solution that enables educators to better customize their educational ecosystems.

With support from Blackboard, Iowa State will develop the Learning Environment Connector for Moodle to seamlessly integrate the two systems and provide faculty and students with access to a full range of educational opportunities and materials in one place. Leveraging Blackboard Building Blocks(TM) technology, the Connector will allow students and faculty who primarily access their courses through the Blackboard platform-but are part of a program, department or class using Moodle -- to access all of their courses in one place, with a single login.

The Connector will also allow institutions to share information, data, learning tools and resources between the Blackboard learning environment and Moodle, creating a greater level of interoperability and flexibility for faculty and course designers.
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