We are thrilled to announce that Service Pack 6, for the latest release of Blackboard Learn, 9.1, is here!  This release not only furthers increased efficiency that government and military seek, but also provides a more positive, open experience for both educators and system administrators.  Benefits include:

  • Reduced integration costs
  • Improved user experience
  • Greater flexibility of content via Sharable Content Object Reference Model (SCORM) engine
  • New instructor tools like timed assessments and needs grading
  • Administrative hierarchy

With this latest release, a new SCORM content player is integrated into the LMS and will allow instructors to easily import their existing SCORM-compliant content into their course environment without having to recreate it. The SCORM engine was developed and will continue to be supported by Rustici Software, a leading producer of SCORM compliance products. We interviewed Mike Rustici and you can watch his take on the collaboration of Rustici SCORM and Blackboard. Watch here!

Gregory Frederick of the Joint Forces Staff College tested the new release and shared his experience with us.   As the Blackboard Administrator for his team, he’s very active with both course development and SCORM programming.  “I thought it was fantastic that they did this,” he said of the new release, noting less steps to access SCORM and more accurate information. “Everything worked.”

Some of the benefits Frederick enjoyed most were the new time and cost efficiencies of SCORM, making it much easier to share things across the DoD, as well as the better reporting functionality.  “It tracks each section and whether learners have completed it, which is critical so we know that people have reviewed important information.”  Frederick is also excited to explore a lot of advanced features that are built into the release.

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  • Jim Turner

    Sounds very exciting, we use a lot of SCORM objects from different suppliers and have found it difficult to integrate and get the depth data from the object.
    My question is about the on going development of wimba create as a scorm object creation tool. I’m not hearing much about this product, will it be integrated into the road map?

  • Andrea Meier

    Hi Jim,

    Thanks for your comment. At the moment, we don’t have any news on Wimba Create, which lets users create and export in a few content types including SCORM. But, as we have news about Wimba Create, we will be sure to share that with our users.