WASHINGTON, Oct. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. ("Blackboard") today announced that Virginia Commonwealth University ("VCU") and Marshall University are the latest institutions to reaffirm and expand partnerships with Blackboard by adopting the company's customized learning and analytics offering available exclusively to Internet2's higher education members.
Announced last year, Blackboard's Internet2 NET+ offering was developed in partnership with technology experts at leading institutions in the Internet2 community. The offer provides access to the company's market-leading solutions for teaching and learning, robust analytic and learning outcomes tools, and a cloud-based, cross-institutional content repository.
With the Internet2 NET+ offering, VCU and Marshall University will also have access to Blackboard's educational services, including technology adoption training and managed hosting deployment, providing faster system speeds, greater uptime, and 24x7 access to technical expertise to help with day-to-day system maintenance. This will enable the institutions to better meet student and faculty demands for system accessibility and reliability.
The NET+ offering allows Blackboard to collaborate with the Internet2 community through joint initiatives and research on the effective use of analytics, the collaborative development of open educational resources and flexible but secure identity management, among other topics of critical importance to higher education institutions.
Focused on providing secure, agile and reliable user mobility in the cloud to higher education's diverse users, Internet2 NET+ is a research and education (R&E) community-driven initiative. Through a rigorous peer-driven evaluation process, R&E institutions and cloud service providers work together to develop offerings that maximize deployment efficiencies and minimize the business and legal challenges, financial costs, and technology risks of migrating from on-campus to cloud-based solutions.
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.
Internet2® is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research and community service missions. Internet2 also operates the nation's largest and fastest, coast-to-coast research and education network, with Internet2 Network Operations Center powered by Indiana University.
Internet2 serves more than 90,000 community anchor institutions, 290 U.S. universities, 70 government agencies, 42 regional and state education networks, 84 leading corporations working with our community and more than 65 national research and education networking partners representing more than 100 countries.
Internet2 offices are located in Ann Arbor, MI; Denver, CO; Emeryville, CA; Washington, DC; and West Hartford, CT. For more information, visit www.internet2.edu or follow @Internet2 on Twitter.
SOURCE Blackboard Inc.