December 2012

Holiday Pair-a-Thon: Give Courses More Cheer + Books to Students Who Need Them

Help us spread the word among the faculty at your institution about the Holiday Pair-a-thon.  You’ve installed and made the Cengage Learning, McGraw-Hill, Pearson, and WileyPLUS Building Blocks available to faculty – now encourage faculty to take their courses to the next level!

Make it dynamic.
Add content from any of the major textbook publishers. Pull assignments and assessments. Get easy-to-use tools that engage more students.

Make it easy.
One site, one sign-on. You get infinite options—textbooks, video, conversation, anything you can imagine—to breathe life into your courses.
Make it count.
Blackboard is making a donation of $1,000 to 
First Book, an organization that provides new books and critical resources to children in low-income families. We will put the donation in the name of all institutions that pair a course by December 28, 2012, as well as the names of the persons who pair the course. Our donation will be matched by our digital content partners McGraw-Hill, Pearson, WileyPLUS, and Cengage.
See how easy it is to spread joy through learning.

Pair It. Share It. Celebrate.

See how easy it is to create a better learning experience - for everyone. Learn how to pair your courses.

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Blackboard Partners with Ellucian

Blackboard and Ellucian recently partnered to enable a robust integration between Blackboard Learn and Colleague by Ellucian, making it easier for institutions to manage classroom information from their administrative and academic systems.

With the Ellucian Colleague Intelligent Learning Platform for Blackboard Learn, users can achieve real-time data transfer between Ellucian Colleague and Blackboard Learn. For the hundreds of clients currently using both Ellucian Colleague and Blackboard Learn, now there will be a more seamless way to configure, manage and troubleshoot user data all within Blackboard Learn.

To learn more about the Ellucian Colleague Intelligent Learning Platform for Blackboard Learn, read the press release or contact your Ellucian sales representative.

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LearningExpress Webinar: Mastering the Job Search - Job & Career AcceleratorTM for Blackboard Learn Helps Your Students Succeed

Date: Thursday, January 17th, 2013
Time: 2:00pm ET

January is a time when many students begin the search for a job, an internship, or summer employment after graduation. Join LearningExpress to see how you can help them be successful. Colleges that enhance their Blackboard Learn environment with LearningExpress Job & Career Accelerator™ give their students easy access to the most comprehensive career exploration and job search tools available.

During this webinar, LearningExpress will demonstrate how Job & Career Accelerator provides everything students need to conduct an effective job search and achieve professional success beyond the classroom. Easy-to-use, interactive wizards guide students through each step of the process, from researching occupations that match their interests, to finding available jobs, preparing resumes, completing job applications, and organizing a successful job search. Learn more at

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Ball State University Helps Students Succeed with

Ball State University helps students discover internship opportunities to kick start their careers by using the free Blackboard Building Block™. Hear their compelling story on the latest webinar recording delivered by Johnny Giangregorio, Partnership Manager of and Deb Dolak, Coordinator of Career Services at Ball State University., the largest marketplace for internships, part-time jobs and entry-level positions, is now available within Blackboard Learn. The Blackboard Building Block allows students to access original content and career development tools through single sign-on entry in Blackboard.

Recently named one of the “10 Best Websites for Your Career” by Forbes, hosts over 60,000 active internship positions located in cities and towns across all 50 states. The partnership complements an institution’s existing career-focused efforts by providing additional resources for students as they are looking for job opportunities.

Hear Ball State's Story

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Who Should Be the Next Blackboard Partner?

We want the Blackboard Partnerships™ program to provide the most value to our clients – that’s why we want to know what companies and/or solutions you would like to see available within the Blackboard Learn platform as Building Blocks.

Talk to your Blackboard sales representative about which Building Blocks you would like to see available at your institution. Contact with questions.

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Gonzaga University and Blackboard Provide Engaging Training with Partner Building Blocks

Gonzaga University and Atomic Learning
To help engage students in their courses and ease the administrative burden on faculty and staff, Gonzaga University adds many new customized technologies each semester. But as each technology is customized, the challenge becomes how to accurately train staff, faculty and students on its use.

Download the following case study to learn how Gonzaga University was able to deliver effective, on-demand training within Blackboard Learn using the Atomic Learning Building Block.

Read Gonzaga's Story

Blackboard Support Team and SoftChalk

Nancy Edwards, a Tier I Support Analyst at Blackboard, first learned about SoftChalk's content authoring software while she was working at Florida Gulf Coast University. Nancy saw SoftChalk as an easy-to-use solution that would help faculty build engaging course content without the need for programming skills.

Now at Blackboard, Nancy uses SoftChalk to train new hires on protocols for their role on the Blackboard support team. Download the following case study to learn how Nancy has created dynamic and interactive tutorials for her staff using the SoftChalk Building Block.

Read Nancy's Story

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