At Blackboard, we recognize the significance of innovation in the developer community and the contributions this community has made to education technology. Since 2003, we’ve worked together to build the most robust ecosystem of partners to maximize efficiency in teaching and learning. This ecosystem includes over 3,000 integrations created by our community of over 3,500 registered developers. Now we are taking these efforts one step further to encourage even more innovation in solving the challenges facing education today – we’re announcing the launch of the Open Innovation Initiative.

The Open Innovation Initiative provides a new way for developers utilizing REST or the IMS Global Learning Tools Interoperability® (LTI®) standard to create integrations and customizations for Blackboard’s solutions without incurring upfront costs. Removing this barrier will make it easier than ever before for developers to deploy innovative solutions to address today’s top education problems. The launch of this initiative will provide developers a no-cost developer license for Blackboard Learn and access to Learn SaaS instances. Additionally, developers will receive access to documentation and development tools for creating, testing and demoing REST and LTI integrations with Blackboard solutions, and their integration will be listed on our Extensions Catalog. This free service will have limits on production usage, but anyone will be able to get started without having to engage in a formal Blackboard partnership.

We will continue to offer the opportunity to partner with Blackboard in a more strategic and robust way via our Blackboard Member Partnership program. Members of this program will be able to leverage additional benefits including access to Java APIs (B2), increased partner-level and product support, B2 enabled development environments, and greater exposure with contracted usage and adoption limits.

To participate in the Open Innovation Initiative simply visit developer.blackboard.com and accept the REST Developer Agreement which is presented on login or new account creation. To learn more about how you can extend and enhance the learning experience with Blackboard and to follow the progress of the Open Innovation Initiative, visit our curated Extensions Catalog today.

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