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Blackboard Acquires Remote-Learner UK

- Two Companies Join Forces to Bring More Solutions and Services to the Open Source Community

LONDON, April 10, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard today announced the acquisition of Remote-Learner UK, a leading provider of open source solutions to the education industry, primarily in the United Kingdom and Ireland. The acquisition will allow Blackboard to offer more services and solutions to institutions and business that leverage Moodle, one of the most widely used learning management systems (LMS) in the world.

Today's announcement marks the latest investment and commitment made by Blackboard in open source since the acquisition of Moodlerooms and NetSpot in 2012. Since officially joining the open source community, Blackboard has contributed code, bug fixes, quality assurance and platform integrations to Moodle and provided substantive engagement at important community gatherings.

Remote-Learner UK, a subsidiary of the U.S.-based Remote-Learner.Net, Inc., provides hosting, support and consulting services in the United Kingdom, Ireland and other regions around the world. Its Enterprise Learning Intelligence System (ELIS) offers greater management of learning programmes and includes features, such as enrollment management tools, notifications, reports and analytics, and learning outcomes.

"Openness and interoperability are fundamental to Blackboard as online ecosystems expand and evolve to meet the changing demands of learners and faculty," said Mark Strassman, senior vice president of product management of Blackboard. "The addition of Remote-Learner UK to the Blackboard family expands how we are able to support any organisation, regardless of its LMS, with the right blend of technology, resources and services that meet their unique needs. We couldn't be more excited to work together to improve the educational experience for students all over the world."

"As a long standing member of the Moodle community in the United Kingdom and worldwide, we are excited to join forces with Blackboard in helping millions of students and hundreds of institutions and businesses be successful in their unique teaching and learning needs and goals," said Sean Keogh, founder and managing director of Remote-Learner UK and a leading voice in the expansion of the Moodle community in the United Kingdom. "Blackboard has demonstrated their commitment to open source over the past several years and I am confident the UK Moodle community will benefit from this acquisition. Together, we will be able to better serve our customers and offer new solutions and services that will improve their educational experience."

Moodlerooms and Remote-Learner UK will co-host a Moodlerooms Teaching and Learning Forum in Liverpool on 14-15 April to bring their communities together for the first time and share best practices around teaching online, assessment, adoption, and outcomes.

For more information about Blackboard, please visit www.blackboard.com or follow @Blackboard on Twitter.

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.

About Remote-Learner
Remote-Learner has been providing educational technology services since 1982 to its business, educational and governmental clients. Today, these services include support for best-of-breed open source programs. Remote-Learner is an official Moodle Partner providing support and hosting services, custom programming, workforce development training, instructional design and strategic consulting services for organizations planning online learning programs. Remote-Learner maintains corporate offices in Waynesboro VA, Overland Park KS, Fort Collins, CO, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada and serves clients throughout the US, Canada, Mexico, and Caribbean.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.

SOURCE Blackboard Inc.



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