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Blackboard Joins the Internet2 Community

Company Will Collaborate with Internet2 Members to Provide Education Services

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. today announced that it is joining Internet2®, a consortium of thought leaders in the education industry who collaborate on cutting-edge network and technology innovations to overcome challenges facing higher education institutions.

The company will also be working with the Internet2's higher education community to validate customized education services for the community. 

As part of the Internet2 NET+ initiative, Blackboard will work closely with representative Internet2 members to explore advances in learning technologies when delivered over the advanced Internet2 network, develop and customize solutions for use by Internet2 member campuses, and support the alignment of those services with the needs of instructors, students and administrators. The community-validated education services will be delivered on the advanced Internet2 Network and leverage InCommon federated authentication and other community middle ware assets. 

"I'm thrilled that Blackboard is joining this community of institutions, researchers, and thought leaders who are passionate about education," said Mark Strassman, senior vice president of product management at Blackboard. "We look forward to collaborating to mutually shape the future of technology and its potential to transform education. Being a part of the conversations happening in the Internet2 community will be another valuable resource to us as we continue to develop solutions that reimagine education."

Internet2 is a member-owned advanced technology community founded by the nation's leading higher education institutions in 1996. Internet2 provides a collaborative environment for U.S. research and education organizations to solve common technology challenges, and to develop innovative solutions in support of their educational, research, and community service missions.

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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.