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The company’s Blackboard Collaborate platform is a browser based web conferencing solution that is specially designed to simplify distance teaching and learning. The solution seamlessly enables virtual classrooms and online professional development. Both learners and educators enjoy a modern user experience with high definition audio and video quality. The solution fosters flipped-classrooms where educators can focus on enhancing the content by recording, sharing, and assessing flipped classes. These recordings can be stored for a long time, offering the convenience of mobile friendly classes to students who can access them whenever and wherever required. The platform is fortified with interactive tools such as real time annotations and text editing that allows content to be added as required.
Blackboard is changing the way the education community thinks about technology and the next generation of teaching and learning tools
Blackboard Collaborate’s rich functionalities are perfectly illustrated in the success story of University of Derby. The University decided to conduct its open day activities online that were previously held on campus, to inform prospective students about its programmes. With Blackboard Collaborate, the University was able to talk, chat, and show PowerPoint presentations and pictures of the campus, creating a rich experience for students. “Our conversion rate from this activity is extremely high and the most powerful conversion strategy to-date at 50 percent of those who attended,” says Julie Stone, Head, the University of Derby.
The company’s Collaborate platform enables institutions to foster collaboration and drive student retention and success. The collaborative learning tools empower educators to meet their instructional goals giving students more options to stay engaged in a mobile friendly manner.
Ballhaus leads Blackboard with his extensive experience as well as desire to drive technology innovation and improve student success. He intends to strengthen the company’s existing product portfolio to continue being the partner that students and educators rely on. “We will continue to progress in helping millions of people around the world find new ways to learn, connect, advance, and improve education outcomes,” he concludes.