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Company Committed to the Support of SCORM 1.2 Content in the Latest Release of the Blackboard Learning System

Blackboard Passes Latest ADL/SCORM Certification Tests with Content Player Building Block

2/16/2004 , Washington, DC - Blackboard Inc., a leading enterprise software company for e-Education, today announces that it is releasing the ADL certified “Content Player Building Block,” continuing its tradition of compliance with the SCORM 1.2 specifications. Demonstrating Blackboard’s ongoing commitment to meeting the unique needs of the e-Education market, the company’s SCORM 1.2 compliant Content Player Building Block is compatible with the latest release of its course management software, the Blackboard Learning SystemTM, providing clients with even greater access to UK government-funded content.

“Compliance with global standards continues to be a critical focal point for Blackboard as we continue to develop enterprise software systems for the e-Education market,” said Mathew Pittinsky, Chairman of Blackboard. “We are pleased to announce the availability of a SCORM compliant solution for the latest release of the Blackboard Learning System.”

Blackboard Delivers Content Player Building Block

The Blackboard Content Player Building Block was developed internally by the Blackboard engineering and quality assurance teams and certified by ADL. The available technology allows learners utilizing the Blackboard Learning System to explore educational content developed to the SCORM 1.2 specification as well as automatically store learning results directly in the Blackboard grade book. It also includes support for UK FE sector NLN content as well as architecturally ready for the SCORM 2004 specification. The Blackboard Content Player Building Block is being made available for download from Blackboard Inc.’s Building Blocks catalog at

The Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) is equally important in the corporate, higher education, and further education worlds. The SCORM 1.2 specification combines the content and distribution interoperability of IMS Project with the deployment, tracking and launching capabilities of AICC and other standards organizations to provide specifications for the delivery and management of knowledge components.

“As the leading provider of enterprise e-Education technology, we recognize the value of industry standards and its importance to our client’s success, and are excited to announce a SCORM 1.2 compliant player,” said Christopher Etesse, Blackboard’s Senior Director of Technology. “Our collaboration with the IMS and the ADL continues this week in Zurich, Switzerland at the IMS Annual Meeting and the 1st International ADL SCORM Plug-fest,”

National Learning Network Content for Blackboard

Through the use of the Content Player Building Block, Blackboard clients can now make better use of National Learning Network (NLN, content materials, providing more robust course environments and enhanced tracking capabilities. NLN is a national partnership programme in the United Kingdom designed to increase the uptake of Information and Learning Technology across post-16 education in England. A primary objective for the NLN is to develop ‘NLN Online’ and other resources to meet the need for greater, high-quality content, as well as making existing content available to educators and learners in a simple manner.

About Blackboard Inc.
Blackboard Inc. was founded with a vision to transform the Internet into a powerful environment for the education experience. Blackboard is a leading provider of e-Education solutions serving the global needs of primary and secondary schools, higher education, corporations and government agencies. Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices and staff in North America, Europe and Asia. 


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