I just attended my first BbWORLD and it was a fantastic experience. I got to meet fellow Blackboarders that I only knew through social media and got to learn more about Blackboard as a company.To jump right in, when I first heard about Blackboard’s new mission of “Reimagine Education” I was quite skeptical of what it exactly meant. How is a company going to Reimagine Education?
Beyond the apps and software Blackboard is opening more data centers around the world and introducing a third deployment service. Public Cloud/SaaS will give institutions another option of how they would like to deploy their Learn environment. If you’re thinking, is there anything else Blackboard can do? They’ve done just that. With the recent creation of Open Education by Blackboard anyone can participate in a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provided by institutions worldwide. On a smaller scale CourseSites by Blackboard provides individual instructors a free course website running the latest release of Blackboard Learn, Mobile Learn, Collaborate and Connect. Through Blackboard Community Programs they are even providing rubrics and examples to help instructors build exemplary Blackboard courses.
Although we may have encountered problems when working with Blackboard tools or wish a certain feature was there it is clearly evident that Blackboard is moving in the right direction to corporate citizenship to provide a medium for anyone to have access to educational content. While the platforms mentioned above are only a handful of their solutions and services they are providing the tools to allow students, parents, instructors and institutions to reimagine education.