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Blackboard Announces Expanded Program for BbWorld 2012

Sal Khan and Freeman Hrabowski to Deliver Keynotes

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. today announced an expanded program for BbWorld®2012, the company's education technology conference scheduled for July 10-12 in New Orleans, La. Along with 175 client-led sessions on best practices and knowledge sharing, this year's program also features new sessions on a range of emerging themes in education technology, including social learning, digital content, analytics and mobility. 

Over 2,500 administrators, academic leaders, instructors and technical experts will attend BbWorld to gain greater insight into teaching and learning with technology and network with peers. Keynote sessions will be delivered by Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Sal Khan, founder and executive director of Khan Academy

BbWorld will also include dedicated session tracks designed specifically for audiences including faculty, chief technology officers and executives. Two additional events will take place alongside BbWorld: the Connections Summit, a two-day event focused on online collaboration, and DevCon, the annual meeting of institutional and third party developers working to extend learning platforms. 

"If you are interested in the present and future of online learning, BbWorld is the place to be," said Paul Lefavi, director of eLearning technology at Indian River State College. "BbWorld is a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues and discuss best practices."

Blackboard staff, technical experts and partners will lead a number of sessions on how institutions and users can get the most out of their technology initiatives. Michael L. Chasen, Blackboard president and chief executive officer, and Ray Henderson, chief technology officer and president of academic platforms, will also deliver a keynote highlighting company and product updates.

"We've really expanded our vision for supporting teaching and learning with a wide range of technology and services, and this year's BbWorld program reflects that broader view," said Chasen. "We're looking forward to great exchange of ideas and approaches with input from a diverse set of participants who are shaping the direction of education technology."

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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.

Source: Blackboard Inc.