As the person who helps manage our upgrade resources and change management programs, I am pleased to say that in the past year, we experienced the largest migration of clients moving from older platforms to the latest version of Blackboard’s learning management system. Over 2,000 institutions are now using or in the process of moving to Blackboard Learn™, Release 9.1. They are enjoying the benefits of improved workflow efficiencies for instructors and administrators as well as digital content integrations.

There are a few recent decisions that I want to take a moment to highlight. Both the State University of New York (SUNY) and Idaho State Board of Education recently selected Blackboard as a technology partner for online learning. This represents a trend in more decisions being made at the state-wide or system-wide levels.

Idaho has been a leader in providing online learning opportunities for K-12 and higher education. The Idaho State Board of Education recently selected Blackboard to provide a common learning platform for its higher education institutions.  Blackboard’s mobile solutions and Web conferencing services are expected to increase user adoption and provide greater efficiencies in faculty training. The Idaho State Board has also made Blackboard available as an option for K-12 and higher education to help provide students with continuity of technology and services as students move from high school to college.

SUNY was looking to increase efficiencies and learning opportunities for their students by leveraging a common learning platform.  Currently, many of their 64 institutions are using Blackboard’s ANGEL platform and will be moving to Blackboard’s latest release over the next two years.  Several other SUNY institutions have been long time Blackboard users, or CE Vista users who have migrated to Blackboard.  SUNY’s decision was based in large part on Blackboard’s focus on migrating the features and high quality support services that are important for the ANGEL community to Release 9.1.

For clients who have made the decision to move to Release 9.1 or the latest service pack, we have created cohort programs to help support them throughout the change management and upgrade process.  We want to make sure they are truly successful throughout the process and provide support every step of the way. The cohort programs are a series of webinars that connect our clients with their peers as well as Blackboard experts. The next round of Release 9.1 or SP8 Cohort programs will be kicking off in late February.  To learn more about the program or to register, please visit www.blackboard.com/cohort.

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