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Blackboard and Pearson Announce International Content Integration Partnership



Blackboard and Pearson Announce International Content Integration Partnership

  PR Newswire

  WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2012

- Market-leading LMS and World's Leading Learning Companies Bring Seamless
Transition Between Pearson's MyLab & Mastering and Blackboard Learn to Global
Markets  

WASHINGTON, Nov. 29, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --  Blackboard Inc. and Pearson have
expanded the availability of an integration for Pearson's leading learning
solution – MyLab & Mastering – with Blackboard Learn ™, the market-leading
learning management system (LMS). Previously available in North America, the
integration is now available in most markets worldwide, the companies
announced today.

The systems integration includes single sign-on, improved workflows and
state-of-the-art Web services that enable instructors to find and access MyLab
& Mastering within their Blackboard learning system. Faculty can synchronize
gradebooks, transfer information and create corresponding links in both
systems. Instructors are also able to customize their courses by choosing
content and rearranging items in the content area and course navigation bar.

The expansion follows growing international interest in having quick access to
Pearson's content and homework assignments, tutorials, gradebook and tools,
learning solutions, and analytics directly in Blackboard's learning platforms.
The integration, which was made available in  North America earlier this year
, is already being used by hundreds of institutions.

"The integration of MyLab & Mastering and Blackboard Learn has created not
only a more enriched teaching and learning experience, but it also makes my
job much more convenient" said Dr. Salim M. Salim, head of the Mathematics
Department, Qatar University. "The single sign on, gradebook synchronization,
personalized study paths and real-time evaluations allow me and my students to
easily benefit from the powerful tools both systems offer."

"We are excited to bring fast, easy access to Pearson's digital content and
leading digital solutions into Blackboard's learning platforms all over the
world," said Matthew Small, chief business officer at Blackboard . "This
expanded partnership reduces the barriers felt internationally to these
resources with a streamlined, powerful approach."

"We are delighted to both continue our partnership with Blackboard and to
expand it on a global scale. This ultimately allows us to bring our products
and our digital content to even more teachers and students worldwide,"
commented Michelle Neil, Chief Learning Technologies Officer, International
Higher Education at Pearson. 

This joint announcement, made at Online Educa Berlin this week, marks a new
level of convenience and simplicity for users. The collaboration is part of
the companies' ongoing efforts to make it easier for teachers and students to
find, use and share digital content and tools.

Blackboard Learn, used by millions of students worldwide, allows institutions
to take advantage of improved stability, greater workflow efficiencies for
instructors and administrators and social learning tools. Through open APIs
and standards-based interoperability, the Blackboard Learn platform supports a
wide range of integrations for content and tools. 

Pearson's MyLab & Mastering has changed the way millions of students learn and
has supported successful redesign of college courses to effectively use
technology to improve achievement and manage costs. Students receive a
personalized learning experience, with online tutorials, homework, quizzes and
tests that are automatically graded for instant feedback—freeing instructors
to spend less time grading and more time working with their students. Demand
for the MyLab & Mastering programs continues to soar across the globe at
thousands of higher education institutions. MyLab & Mastering programs are
available for over 80 different discipline offerings representing thousands of
distinct titles used by over 10.4 million students.

For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit
http://www.blackboard.com/learn . For more information about Pearson, please
visit www.pearsonhighered.com .

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative
solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners
around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher
education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to
extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security,
and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997,
Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North
America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

About Pearson

Pearson, the world's leading learning company, has global reach and
market-leading businesses in education, business information and consumer
publishing (NYSE: PSO).  The company provides innovative print and digital
education materials, including personalized learning programs such as MyLab
and Mastering; educational services including custom publishing; and
content-independent platforms including EQUELLA digital repository and Pearson
LearningStudio for online learning programs.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and
prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this
press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various
important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and
developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the
Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the
Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.

Website: http://www.blackboard.com
Website: http://www.pearsonhighered.com
Contact: Matthew Maurer, Blackboard Inc., +1-202-463-4860 ext. 2637,
matthew.maurer@blackboard.com, or Susan Aspey, Pearson, +1-347-421-2473,
susan.aspey@pearson.com
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