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Buckinghamshire New University Expands Partnership with Blackboard for Online and Mobile Learning


Five-Year Deal Helps U.K. University Meet Changing Student Needs

AMSTERDAM – November 1, 2012 – As part of a plan to create a comprehensive online platform for its students, Buckinghamshire New University is expanding its use of Blackboard as a strategic partner in online learning.

The selection of Blackboard as a strategic partner followed an evaluation of commercial and open source learning management systems (LMS), and Bucks New University determined that an extended partnership with Blackboard for the next five years would best enable it to meet the needs of its changing student demographic. By developing a single online environment for students to access services and learning resources, the University will grow participation among students, many of whom have full and part-time jobs and need a convenient way to access course materials.

Bucks New University is moving its LMS to the latest version of Blackboard Learn, and expanding its partnership with Blackboard to include web conferencing with  Blackboard Collaborate and mobile learning with Blackboard MobileLearn.

“We want to use Blackboard as a hub for all our University systems,” said Steve Hoole, Systems Developer at Bucks New University. “We were impressed with Blackboard’s product roadmap and felt that it dovetailed nicely with our own vision for social collaboration.”

By leveraging Blackboard’s technology and services, Bucks New University will establish a more dynamic interactive social learning experience.University officials anticipate cost savings with the adoption of web conferencing, which it plans to use in an administrative capacity for everything from admissions to human resources and IT support, as well as for academics with virtual office hours, and recording lectures and seminars.

In order to free up physical resources and increase speed, uptime and reliability of its LMS, Bucks New University will move to  Blackboard’s Managed Hosting  service. Shifting the burden of hosting an LMS to Blackboard will allow University staff to focus on embedding excellent pedagogy within its courses.

“A broadened partnership with Blackboard will help us communicate more effectively, empower our users and ultimately provide a world-class student experience,” continued Steve. “We look forward to many years of what I’m sure will be a rewarding partnership.”

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Buckinghamshire New University has enjoyed a long and successful history since it was founded in 1893. The University now offers an extensive portfolio of courses spanning the creative and cultural industries, the management and information management sectors, and the public sector. It also offers services to industry including contract research, consultancy and the opportunity to employ graduates. The University has completed a major campus re-development programme, which saw the opening of a new state-of-the-art building in High Wycombe known as the Gateway and comprising a learning resource and technology centre, events hall, gym, sports science laboratory, dance, drama, music and video production studios, library and meeting rooms; new student accommodation in High Wycombe; and a new base for nursing students and applied healthcare research in Uxbridge, West London.

Website: bucks.ac.uk

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