Institutions transitioned to SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn accelerates by more than 50%

Blackboard | July 21, 2020

Blackboard Inc. today announced that in the last 18 months, the number of institutions that have transitioned to the SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn has increased by more than 50%. The move to SaaS has enabled institutions to scale their online learning programs at an unprecedented rate, while also accelerating their digital teaching and learning strategies in response to the global pandemic. "The SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn has enabled the education community to scale at an incredibly rapid pace as they move towards a more robust, holistic, and data-driven teaching and learning model," said Jim Chalex, Vice President of Product Development at Blackboard. "The foundational role SaaS plays is underscored by the fact that today, nearly 70% of our Learn clients are fully operational on SaaS or have begun planning to move to the cloud." The SaaS deployment of Blackboard Learn enables institutions to access the Blackboard Data platform, an analytics infrastructure that fuels a more holistic, mature EdTech environment. Through Blackboard Data, institutions have access to a range of consolidated learner- and institutional-level insights that can be leveraged to improve the learning ecosystem for individuals, departments, and institutions. The cloud-based solution also allows institutions to activate Blackboard Learn Ultra—Learn's next-generation user experience—which allows instructors and learners to leverage an intuitive digital interface for a seamless experience. In fact, over the past year, the number of clients using Learn Ultra has increased by more than 90%.

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This exploratory, study was conducted by researchers Ms. Sriyani Tidball in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL), and Dr. Shireen S. Rajaram in the College of Public Health at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and was funded by the Lincoln Community Foundation, Nebraska Humanities, UNL and some community individuals.The purpose of this study was to document the perspectives of educators and key influencers of students in the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS), on how best to design, produce and implement a prevention intervention education on human trafficking that can be used by them to educate students about trafficking and the risk of sex trafficking of minors.

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This exploratory, study was conducted by researchers Ms. Sriyani Tidball in the College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln (UNL), and Dr. Shireen S. Rajaram in the College of Public Health at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) and was funded by the Lincoln Community Foundation, Nebraska Humanities, UNL and some community individuals.The purpose of this study was to document the perspectives of educators and key influencers of students in the Lincoln Public Schools (LPS), on how best to design, produce and implement a prevention intervention education on human trafficking that can be used by them to educate students about trafficking and the risk of sex trafficking of minors.

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