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Teaching and Learning Conference to Draw e-A1:C827 Leaders from Across Europe, Middle East and Africa

Blackboard Partners with Plantijn Hogeschool to Host Event in Antwerp

AMSTERDAM – April 20, 2012 – Blackboard Inc. today announced details of the Teaching and Learning Conference 2012, one of the largest annual gatherings of leaders from IT and education in the region. The event will draw attendees from 89 institutions and 17 countriesto Antwerp, Belgium from April 23-25 to share ideas and best practices in e-learning. Plantijn Hogeschool, a leading university college, will host the event.

The conference programme includes over 50 client-led sessions on topics including social and student-centered learning, leveraging technology to improve student achievement, mobile initiatives in education, and using data to support the educational mission. The event’s opening keynote will be delivered by Cor Molenaar, a leading CRM and e-commerce strategist and professor at the Rotterdam School of Management.

“In a field where it’s impossible for one person to be an expert in everything, sometimes it’s who you know that’s important,” said Gorden Adel, Learning Technologist at the University of Northampton. “There is a huge range of expertise in the Blackboard community, and it’s all in one place at the conference – the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and make new connections is invaluable.”

The conference will also include a special focus on how real-time collaboration tools can improve student engagement and learning outcomes, including presentations from institutions that have successfully leveraged Blackboard Collaborate, the leading Web conferencing, enterprise instant messaging and voice authoring platform built for education.

Blackboard executives will also provide product and company updates in keynote sessions from Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms, and Kayvon Beykpour, General Manager of Blackboard Mobile.

More information on the Teaching and Learning Conference 2012 is available at

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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.