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SOURCE Blackboard Inc.

Appointment Reinforces Blackboard's Commitment to Open Standards

WASHINGTON, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Gary Lang, senior vice president of product development, support and cloud services for Blackboard, has been appointed to the IMS Global Learning Consortium's board of directors, the company announced today.

A nonprofit collaboration of the world's leading universities, school districts, government organizations, content providers and technology suppliers, IMS Global is dedicated to advancing affordable, scalable technology that improves educational participation and success. This influential community also actively develops and supports open interoperability standards to promote collaboration among education technology platforms.   

This appointment reinforces Blackboard's strong commitment to interoperability and open standards. The company's industry-leading learning environment fully supports Common Cartridge, Basic Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) and Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) standards. Additionally, the Open Source Community for Educational Learning Objects and Tools (OSCELOT) grew out of Blackboard's Open Source group in 2002.

"I am very excited and humbled to join such a prestigious group and work with IMS Global to support interoperability across educational technologies," said Gary Lang, senior vice president of product development, support and cloud services for Blackboard. "Our industry needs to evolve existing standards, identify new opportunities for collaboration, and prioritize efforts to focus on where we need to go – not where we've been. I welcome the opportunity to work with others to help define the future of education and the standards that can help us get there."

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 that is reimagining education by challenging conventional thinking and advancing new learning models. We rapidly deploy relevant and meaningful technologies and services to meet the needs of the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them, driving success and growth for both. In partnership with higher education, K-12, corporate organizations, and government agencies around the world, we help every learner achieve their full potential. For more information about Blackboard follow us on Twitter at @Blackboard.

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.

Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) and Common Cartridge™ (CC™) are trademarks of IMS Global Learning Consortium, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries.

CONTACT
Lauren Dyke, Blackboard Inc.
(202) 463-4860 ext. 2860 or lauren.dyke@blackboard.com

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