Blackboard Demonstrates Ongoing Commitment to Government e-Education Market

9/18/2002 , Washington, D.C. – Blackboard Inc., the leading software infrastructure company for e-Education, today announced several key developments designed to further the success of its e-Education clients within the U.S. Government. Demonstrating Blackboard’s ongoing commitment to meeting the unique needs of the government e-Education market, the company has released its SCORM 1.2 compliant Building Block content player and made its products and services available for purchase through the General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule.

“Ease of use and speed of deployment have always been the hallmarks of Blackboard e-Education solutions,” said James Watt of Blackboard’s Government Solutions Group. “We are pleased to now offer a SCORM compliant solution and a purchasing vehicle that are directly in line with the underlying principles of Blackboard technology.”

Blackboard Delivers SCORM 1.2 Compliant Building Block
The Blackboard SCORM 1.2 Building Block was developed in collaboration with the National Defense University (NDU) and the ADL Co-Lab. The available technology allows the Blackboard Learning System to support educational content developed to the SCORM 1.2 specification. The National Defense University will be the first educational institution to deploy the new Building Block in support of SCORM developed content.

“Our partnership with Blackboard on adding SCORM capability will have tremendous benefits not only for the National Defense University, but across universities that are beginning to implement SCORM in their e-Education programs,” said Mike Miller of National Defense University. “This extension to the core Blackboard e-Education platform opens up new possibilities for sharing course content across various systems – this is an exciting prospect for our faculty.”

The Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is a content interoperability standards project of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) organization within the United States Department of Defense. The SCORM 1.2 specification combines the content and distribution interoperability of IMS (Instructional Management System Specifications) with the deployment, tracking and launching capabilities of AICC and others to provide standards for the delivery and management of knowledge components. The Blackboard SCORM 1.2 player will be made available for download from Blackboard Inc.’s Building Blocks catalog at .

“From our origins as the primary development contractor of the IMS specifications to our current status as the leading provider of enterprise e-Education technology, we recognize the value of industry standards and its importance to our clients’ success, and are excited to announce a SCORM 1.2 compliant player,” said Stephen Gilfus, a compnay co-founder and Blackboard’s head of Corporate and Product Strategy. “Our collaboration with NDU and the ADL is a prime example of Blackboard’s continued efforts to develop features and functions that meet the direct needs of government e-Education.”

Purchase Blackboard Solutions on the GSA Schedule
Blackboard products and services are now available for purchase via the GSA Schedule. Awarded June 18, 2002, Blackboard’s GSA Schedule contract number is GS-35F-0554M.

Blackboard Government Solutions Group
The Blackboard Government Solutions Group serves federal, state, and local agencies that are seeking to utilize e-Education as a means to empower their current employees, attract the next generation of knowledge workers, and to deliver increased value to the constituents they serve. Blackboard’s marquee government clients include the Naval War College, Naval Post Graduate School, U.S. Coast Guard, Graduate School-USDA, Air Force Institute of Technology, U.S. Army Signal Center, and ROTC.