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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Blackboard unveils totally redesigned learning platform

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"Blackboard has designed a learning platform that brings all its services together under the same roof, with the goal of being more student-centered." writes Stephen Noonoo, Editor, eSchool News today.

Learning approach aims to bring a learner-centric focus to education 

Blackboard is launching a new platform, called the New Learning Experience, which aims to bring together all of its various products and services under one roof, with the goal of making it seem more focused on students and learners, not administrators.

The company describes the new platform as a simplification of its existing offerings. Services like mobile apps, virtual collaboration tools, course management, analytics, learning portfolios, a marketplace to buy/sell things like textbooks, and ways to work with parents and teachers will be included all in the same system.

The goal is to get beyond the traditional LMS, said Jay Bhatt, President and CEO of Blackboard in a video outlining the launch. It is also designed to move with students, from K-12 to higher ed and possibly even beyond as they look for and land jobs after they graduate.

In the same video, Bhatt explained what a day in the life of a student using the platform might look like. A student might, check their class schedule in the morning, work with their parents to pay tuition, attend a virtual study group, discuss assignments with professors, buy books, and communicate with their parents about their progress. All of it, of course, will be housed in the new platform.

Source: eSchool News