Did you know that SP8 was shaped by nearly 600 institutions through their participation in Blackboard Community Programs? The amount of client participation with this release was so impressive, we put together our first ever report on how clients directly impacted the development process of SP8. Full of statistics, client insight and information about the various programs, it provides a clear view of how clients impact Bb Learn every step of the way. Read it today – SP8: Client Impact on Functionality & Design.
Not sure how this report can help you? No problem. Based on initial feedback from clients in the Blackboard Idea Exchange, we have complied the top four ways you can leverage this report at your campus or organization:
1.) Increase confidence in upgrading to SP8 – even if you were not one of the 600 clients involved in providing direct feedback on the product, I am completely confident there is an institution just like yours that was. Through our programs individuals with similar perspectives and challenges have worked with our designers and developers ultimately impacting the way new features were built.
2.) Generate excitement, awareness and confidence among faculty. Peter DiFalco from CSU Chico participated in SP8 community programs and is featured in the report. He will be distributing it to faculty so they “will be more confident to try new features knowing that the staff who support them advocated on their behalf for higher quality, efficiency, and reliability.”
3.) Inform your users about the various Blackboard community programs that are available. They too can impact a future release. We solicit participation from system administrators, educators, instructional designers and students – it is a great way to encourage adoption.
4.) Show it to high level Academic and IT leadership at your institution to demonstrate how Blackboard is openly working with hundreds of organizations like yours on the development and refinement of Blackboard Learn.
If you weren’t one of the 600 clients that shaped SP8 learn more about the ways you can impact a future release at blackboard.com/empower. Start by signing up for the Blackboard Idea Exchange today. We have programs that range in commitment level and touch every phase of the software development life cycle – there is a program for everyone!