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February 13, 2016 8:59 PM ET


Company Overview of Blackboard Inc.

Company Overview

Blackboard Inc. provides enterprise technology and solutions for the educational industry. It offers Blackboard Learn, an education technology platform that supports staff and programs to achieve academic goals; Blackboard Collaborate that provides a learning platform for collaborative, interactive, and mobile learning experiences; Blackboard Connect that provides notification service to cities, campuses, and schools; and Blackboard Transact, which enables students to make purchases on and off campus by using their ID cards. The company also provides Blackboard Analytics, a platform that transforms enterprise data into actionable information; Blackboard Mobile that enables learners, educator...

650 Massachusetts Avenue N.W.

6th Floor

Washington, DC 20001-3796

United States

Founded in 1997

1,780 Employees





Key Executives for Blackboard Inc.

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President
Age: 47
Chief Financial Officer
Age: 47
Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms
Age: 50
President, General Manager, and Chief Operating Officer of Transact
President of the Administrative Programs Division
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Blackboard Inc. Key Developments

Blackboard Inc. Announces Availability of New SaaS Offerings

Blackboard Inc. announced two new options for deploying its learning management system (LMS) Blackboard Learn™ via Software-as-a-Service (SaaS). Blackboard Learn SaaS Plus and Blackboard Learn SaaS Advantage are now available for higher education institutions in the United States. This announcement is the latest milestone in the company's plan to provide its customers with customized, flexible and powerful options for deploying their LMS. The SaaS offerings, which will be available in two tiers differentiated by their respective options and service levels, build on the company's expertise and cloud deployment options by allowing customers to experience their current version of Blackboard Learn in a more flexible and customizable way. Customers using Learn in a SaaS environment have access to significant benefits such as zero-downtime upgrades, higher quality through continuous delivery of regular bug fixes, new services innovation, and increased scalability. The new Plus and Advantage tiers give institutions the ability to scale, customize and configure Blackboard Learn for their specific and individual needs. These tiers of SaaS also offer more support for commercial and custom-built integrations, additional service tiers, and a new Flexible Deployment Option. The Flexible Deployment Option allows schools to have control over when new features and enhancements are deployed to their environment. The SaaS Plus and SaaS Advantage offerings are currently available to higher education institutions in the United States. Details about availability in other markets are forthcoming.

Blackboard Inc. Releases Moodlerooms 2.9 Upgrade for Increased Student Success

Blackboard Inc. announced the release of Moodlerooms 2.9, its enterprise open source solution dedicated to institutions and organizations that leverage Moodle, one of the most widely-used learning management systems (LMSs) in the world. This new upgrade is the eighth SaaS release that has been successfully delivered since Blackboard acquired Moodlerooms in 2012 and testifies to Blackboard's continued commitment to providing its Moodle customers with an ever-enhanced teaching and learning experience through the Moodlerooms platform. Moodlerooms 2.9 incorporates all the updates and enhancements made available with Moodle 2.9, such as streamlined navigation, useful improvements to activities such as Lesson and Quiz, and new administration settings, which refine the course management process. For customers with additional plugins, the upgrade also implements the new Mahara 15 eportfolio assignment features and the latest update of the Community plugin. New features and better navigation have also been introduced to the Snap interface, making it easier to move resources, activities and sections within courses. Learners can also view new forum posts that are important to them within the menu improving their engagement within courses. Moodlerooms 2.9 also supports the integration with X-Ray Analytics and Microsoft Office 365. X-Ray Analytics, which was acquired by Blackboard in July 2015, provides teachers with deep insight into learning behavior. It identifies important trends that affect learner success and provides the information to teachers in meaningful ways at the right time so they can intervene and remediate. The Office 365 integration complements Moodlerooms to provide a more productive experience for teachers and students, and includes authentication with Azure Active Directory, calendaring with Exchange Online, file-storage with One Drive for Business, and assignment submission and feedback with OneNote. In addition to these enhancements, Moodlerooms customers will also have access to the wider Blackboard knowledge base site, where they will find additional help resources filtered according to role, product or subject.

Blackboard Inc. Announces Management Changes

Blackboard Inc. announced that William “Bill” L. Ballhaus, PhD has been named as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. He succeeds Jay Bhatt, who has led Blackboard since 2012. Mr. Bhatt will serve as a special advisor to the chairman and is committed to ensuring a smooth transition. Dr. Ballhaus joins Blackboard from SRA International, where as CEO he fostered a culture of innovation that emphasized anticipating customer needs, and he enhanced the company’s portfolio in cyber security, cloud computing, mobilization, agile system development, ERP and data analytics. The Company also announced that Brian Napack, a Blackboard director since 2012 and a Senior Advisor at Providence has been appointed as Vice Chairman of the Board. Brian brings a wealth of leadership experience in education, technology, and publishing, and in the use of technology to improve outcomes in both K-12 and post-secondary education. Brian Napack is a Senior Advisor with Providence Equity Partners. He currently serves on the boards of companies such as Blackboard, Ascend Learning, and Burning Glass.

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