Friday, July 27, 2012

RPP #104: Blackboard World 2012 Wrap-Up

  • Blackboard Corporate Keynote Wrap-Up
    • Blackboard CEO, Michael Chasen, opened the corporate keynote and announced...
      • Project XP: xpLor - XP stands for "cross-platform" and Lor stands for "learning object repository". Finally a way for faculty content experts to share and consume modular learning objects.
    • Ray Henderson, CTO and President of Academic Platforms, discussed recent advances and the future roadmap for Learn 
      • ConnectTxt - new 2-Way SMS Platform 
      • Bb Learn Service Pack 8 - improved global navigation, assessment insight, item analysis, and more 
      • Bb Analytics for Learn - new dashboards for improved decision making
      • Bb Collaborate v12 - improves Learn integration, including grade book, and mobile delivery
      • Bb Social - social learning coming in the fall for FREE with Community module
    • Katie Blot, President of Global Services Division, presented new professional services aimed at expanding program and course development, marketing, and student lifecycle support. 
    • Kayvon Beykpour, General Manager of Blackboard Mobile showcased new capabilities in Blackboard Mobile Learn and Mobile Central
  • Podsafe Music Selection from Magnatune
    • Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (Summer) by the American Baroque Orchestra. The full CD "The Four Seasons by Vivaldi" is available at