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Crystal Delta Enables Educators to Deliver Web-Like Online Learning Experiences in Blackboard

Crystal Delta | May 31, 2021

Crystal Delta recently released Loree for Blackboard to assist educators in improving the learning experience through more straightforward course design and editing. Loree (the course design tool) is now compatible with Blackboard. It is the only tool of its sort available for Blackboard learning management systems (LMS) and is widely used by Canvas and Brightspace customers worldwide."Our mission at Crystal Delta is to improve learning. The introduction of Loree for Blackboard improves the learner experience by enabling educators to create engaging content. We are delighted to support Blackboard's customers and learners." Crystal Delta CEO Balaji Baradhazhvar

Loree is designed to benefit the K-12, Higher Education, Vocational Education, and Corporate Education sectors. "We highly recommend Loree if you're seeking a design solution that will grow with you over time," said Loree's client Gretta O. Rogne, Director of Digital Learning, New Caney ISD.

Loree has several features that make course design and editing using Blackboard LMS easier, such as:

• Web-like Experiences: the creation of engaging and responsive course pages with text, imagery, videos, and interactives (image sliders, flip cards, accordions, tabs, and more) inside of Blackboard

• Accessibility Checker: Utilize Blackboard to ensure that your courses meet the particular needs of your learners.

• Design and Share: Design, build, save, and share templates across your organization.

• Integrations: Use Loree's seamless integration with H5P to easily embed interactive content in your Blackboard courses.

"The involvement of a learner with course materials directly influences their success and satisfaction. Taking this into account, we aim to provide educators, learning designers, and anyone else who wants to create engaging, interactive, and transformative learning experiences with the tools they need to do so." Loree Product Owner Edina Cejvan

Loree is now available for Blackboard Learn and will be available soon for Blackboard Ultra. Blackboard users may also expect a growing set of interactive modules, out-of-the-box templates based on learning best practices, analytics, and much more.

"Our mission at Crystal Delta is to improve learning. The introduction of Loree for Blackboard improves the learner experience by enabling educators to create engaging content. We are delighted to support Blackboard's customers and learners." Crystal Delta CEO Balaji Baradhazhvar

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