LAS VEGAS, July 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company, today announced that the 'Ultra' experience is available now for Blackboard Learn, the company's flagship learning management system (LMS). The announcement was made at BbWorld 2016, Blackboard's education conference focused on helping institutions meet the needs of learners, taking place July 12-14 in Las Vegas.
The Ultra experience, which is deployed via software as a service (SaaS) initially for customers in the United States, brings important benefits to instructors and students, such as a more intuitive user interface. It also includes streamlined workflows, a personalized user experience that brings aggregated and actionable information to a user's view, and a mobile-first design. Based on user data, the product offers the functionality most instructors need to manage their courses today and will be updated through a continuous delivery model.
The company also announced enhancements to the Blackboard Learn Original experience (known as Blackboard Learn 9.1 for managed and self-hosted customers), which is a mission-critical platform for a vast number of institutions around the world. These enhancements include a new theme based on the design principals of Blackboard Learn Ultra, bringing a new look and feel as well as mobile responsiveness to key areas of the Original experience of Blackboard Learn.
"Thousands of institutions around the world utilize Blackboard Learn to deliver a world-class teaching and learning environment, and the Ultra experience will enhance their capabilities," said Bill Ballhaus, Chairman, CEO and President of Blackboard. "Our focus is on serving all users and addressing the full range of institutional needs with a flexible solution. The Original and Ultra experiences in Blackboard Learn provide the flexibility today's educational institutions need to serve a wide spectrum of users and we are committed to supporting our customers across both experiences."
Educators interested in trying Blackboard Learn Ultra can visit preview.Blackboard.com and take advantage of the Educator Preview. Current Blackboard Learn customers in SaaS environments have the option to enable the Ultra experience when they are ready to begin using it.
About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern-day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.
D'Anthony White, Blackboard Inc.
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