Blackboard Inc. has announced a major update for its flagship software with the launch of Blackboard Learn Release 9.1, which integrates a range of social learning tools and drives student engagement. The release also introduces new features for K-12 teachers and learners - including lesson planning and standards alignment - and former WebCT clients.
Building on the new interface and social learning tools like blogs and journals introduced in Release 9.0, the new release deepens the platform's ability to integrate collaboration tools like wikis and multimedia content from web sources including YouTube, Flickr, and Slideshare to create a more engaging and visually impactful course experience.
Release 9.1 can also be enabled for interactive mobile learning opportunities through Blackboard Mobile Learn - native mobile applications for the most popular mobile platforms - and integrates Blackboard Connect technology to let students choose how they receive course notifications and updates, including through messages to their mobile devices.
To make the platform more instructionally focused for K-12 schools and districts, the release introduces integrated lesson planning and standards alignment and reporting. And when standards evolve based on curricular changes, a new standards mapping tool can save districts time by automating updates within the learning platform.
Release 9.1 is available now as a free upgrade for Blackboard customers. For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit http://blackboard.com/Teaching-Learning/Learn-Platform.aspx.
Source: Blackboard Inc., www.blackboard.com