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Blackboard’s commitment to Open Educational Standards


As Senior Product Manager for Blackboard Learn, Dom Gore provides thought leadership and direction for Learn Ultra, Blackboard’s newest, fully responsive teaching and learning platform. Because of his deep experience in the world of Education Technology, Dom manages Blackboard’s integration strategy within Learn Ultra. He works closely with our clients and partners to gain a fundamental and deep understanding of the end user experience

At the heart of educational technology is a belief that open standards provide a mechanism to allow diversity and flexibility in respect to integrations, offer a means to support rich user experiences and continued innovation for the future. This was recently highlighted with the launch of the Standards First initiative from IMS Global Learning, which Blackboard is proud to be one of the first to support as it aligns clearly with our own values and practices.

We are no stranger to open educational standards and actively contribute to various technical working groups within areas such as the IMS Learning Tools Interoperability and IMS Caliper Analytics frameworks. A standards-first approach is at the foundation of our integration frameworks and our own architectures. We have long promoted standards as the basis for third-party developers and partners to customize and extend our EdTech platform.

Now more than ever, supporting deep and seamless integrations with the wider education community, while improving learning outcomes, is critical. This is a vital and central component of our vision and practices. Our deep commitment to standards such as LTI Advantage in Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Ally have proven the usability and adoption benefits of this approach.

As we focus on our mission of advancing learning, we have a strong commitment to driving innovation through new educational standards. An example of this is our work to help develop the latest IMS LTI Proctoring Services specification. Blackboard is the first LMS provider to achieve certification of this standard. The LTI Proctoring Services Standard will support a more secure workflow for our proctoring partners to deeply integrate their academic integrity solutions and enable institutions to build their own student validation workflows within our LMS.

Another strong example is our recent data privacy certification under the IMS TrustEd Apps scheme. The IMS TrustEd Apps Seal certifies that an application fulfils requirements for data privacy and security and assures responsible usage of the information gathered by the application.

As we look to the future, Blackboard remains committed to being a leader in open standards, working closely with the education community to further enhance existing specifications and contribute to the development of new standards.