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Leading the way in Online & Continuing Education: Top 5 Tips for Strategic Planning

Continuing education and online learning leaders gathered at the University Professional and Continuing Education Association (UPCEA) 2019 SUPER Regional Conference in Denver, Colorado to discuss big-picture strategies and opportunities to lead the way in serving professional, continuing and online learners. This post summarizes the ideas and best practices identified by institutional leaders at the workshop […]

Extreme Makeover: Edition

Who doesn’t enjoy a great makeover story? I know I do. That’s why I wanted to share the story of our recent makeover.  We’ve been hard at work the past six months creating a new and improved With input from clients and employees, we’ve built a better user experience, created a platform to […]

Mapping New Terrains for Student Learning: The Blackboard Ally Tour heads Down Under

From Songlines to Alternative Formats Known as “Songlines,” the First Australians “mapped” their environment using rhythm and melody to identify resources like water and food supplies. In the absence of a shared written or spoken language, these representations of the land served as a mode of communication among nomadic groups traversing the harsh Australian terrain. […]

The Bb Ally Tour does the LMS Conference Trifecta

On the edtech calendar, July has become “LMS conference month,” with Instructure, D2L, and Blackboard all hosting their annual conferences three weeks in a row. And since we’re now working with institutions using all three of those LMSs, the Bb Ally Tour hit the road after the 4th of July for Long Beach, California, and […]

Who to Follow at BbWorld+DevCon19?

Each BbWorld we get more social and this year is no exception. At BbWorld+DevCon19, July 22-25 in Austin, we’ll be tweeting like crazy! Make sure you’re following @Blackboard and our CEO @BillBallhaus for the biggest announcements throughout the conference. In addition, we’ve cultivated a who’s who list of internal folks to follow that will be […]

The Shifting Landscape of Higher Ed Marketing

While many factors play a role in enrollment, one thing is increasingly evident: Digital marketing is a critical part of the equation. Having a strong, cohesive, and impactful digital presence is no longer optional with 86 percent of higher-ed prospective students citing digital to be an important part of the decision process, according to a longitudinal […]

Strengthening Our Data Privacy Program With Binding Corporate Rules

One year after the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect, Blackboard continues to strengthen its data privacy program. On 10 May, we submitted our Binding Corporate Rules (BCRs) for authorisation to the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA). This is an important achievement for us and our clients since the BCRs are considered […]

Exclusive Report: 700+ Communications Leaders Reveal New K-12 Trends

What’s at the heart of a successful communications strategy? Involved parents and community members? An expansive list of communication channels? Tools galore? None of those, exactly. It turns out that listening and adapting are key to maintaining a healthy communications heartbeat. To get a clear diagnosis of what’s working, evolving, and even disappearing in communications […]

Looking for patterns in the cloud

On March 20 in Osaka and March 22 in Tokyo, open source LMS users gathered in Japan’s two largest cities to attend the Japanese chapters of Blackboard’s Digital Learning Days series, and to learn more about our open source SaaS solution, Blackboard Open LMS.  The sessions were co-delivered by members from Assist Micro, our Channel Partner […]

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