The City University of New York (CUNY), the largest urban university system in the nation, has partnered with Blackboard (News - Alert) to establish a full teaching and learning platform across all of its campuses.
James Haggard, deputy CIO at CUNY, explained that the team at CUNY is trying to structure the university so that they can chart a strategy that is flexible and able to change with the industry over time. “Blackboard is the partner to help us do that,” he confidently says in a statement.
This 10-year agreement with Blackboard includes the provision of core technology infrastructure as well as services to support significant growth and expansion in online learning.
To the University, Blackboard intends to provide a dynamic platform, boasting mobile access on native apps on a full range of smartphones and tablets combined with the company’s robust Web conferencing and synchronous learning capabilities. Company officials further said that the platform is built around Blackboard's flagship learning management system (LMS).
With the platform, CUNY expects to support its rapidly expanding continuing education program. According to the University, the program is bringing more education opportunities to working adults and professional students.
Over the past three years, CUNY has seen rapid growth in enrollments. University officials found that competitors will not be able to scale to meet their needs in the way Blackboard is equipped to do, and so it was selected as the best long-term partner based on confidence in the company’s product roadmap and vision for online learning.
CUNY’s officials added that they are leveraging a broader set of Blackboard technologies to offer a more interactive experience for over 540,000 students each semester. Additionally, the integrated technologies offer greater depth of capabilities, as paired with the company’s proven ability to scale across large systems and support intensive use.
With the deployment of Blackboard Learn as the core platform across the system, CUNY can truly create a seamless experience for students and faculty who may move from one campus to another.
Additionally, Blackboard Collaborate, a Web conferencing solution, is integrated directly within the LMS, allowing students and faculty to meet and interact virtually for a variety of formal and informal purposes. Company officials said that this provides them a more powerful and engaging learning experience.
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Edited by Allison Boccamazzo