Hello – I am Sheryn Anthes, a member of the Blackboard product marketing organization. I am eager to share some of the new resources our team is working on this year to help our clients better prepare and plan for change.

Ever wonder what new capabilities Blackboard is considering for future development?  For the first time, Blackboard clients have the opportunity to explore where we might head with Blackboard Learn.  By having this insight, we hope that it will help you understand our vision regarding online learning strategies, even as you explore your own ideas and plans for the future.

The Project NG Playground*, launched earlier this year, provides a look at ideas of possible functionality. You can explore the possible features from a student, educator and instructional designer perspective. You also have the opportunity to rate and provide feedback on some of the possible capabilities. Now, we obviously can’t provide any assurance that any of these possible capabilities will actually be fully developed for a future release but we plan to use this feedback to help shape the direction of our development efforts.

So far, almost 1,000 clients have signed up for the NG Playground. They are actively recommending new capabilities, suggesting how existing functionality can be improved and expanding on each other’s ideas. This is a powerful community where collaboration happens.  Come join the conversation!

We also highly encourage you to invite other members of your institution, such as faculty and teachers, to try out the NG Playground. Feedback from all users of the client community will be instrumental in influencing future development under Project NG.  Create accounts for your “power users” as well as some of your more, shall we say, “resistant” users on campus and enlist them in shaping the future of online learning at your institution.

Blackboard is working to provide more transparency for our clients and the Project NG Playground is just one of the many exciting new initiatives happening in 2010! As a member of the product marketing team, I am excited to be a part of this transformation.

Join the conversation happening at the Project NG Playground today!

The Project NG playground is available to all existing clients and can be found on Behind the Blackboard. If you do not have a login for Behind the Blackboard, please contact your local Blackboard Administrator.

* We may make statements regarding our product development and service offering initiatives, including the content of future product upgrades, updates or functionality in development.  While such statements represent our current intentions, they may be modified, delayed or abandoned without prior notice and there is no assurance that such offering, upgrades, updates or functionality will become available unless and until they have been made generally available to our customers.

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