This week at EDUCAUSE, we’ve been talking quite a bit about our focus on the learner, and therefore a major focus on providing these learners’ institutions everything they need to best serve their needs. A major piece of that story, and also a major part of our strategy here at Blackboard, is a deep commitment to open source, and to the Moodle community.
Today, we’re thrilled to announce the integration of the Microsoft Office 365 plugins with Blackboard Open LMS.
General consumers today have high expectations on the web. They want simplicity, elegance, and engagement. And learners are no different – they expect their learning experience to be delightful, with tools that they are used to and that help them achieve their goals.
And while there has been integration of the Office 365 plugins on other Moodle platforms, Blackboard’s adoption will be the largest to date. The Office 365 plugins for Moodle include authentication with Azure Active Directory, calendaring with Exchange Online, file-storage with One Drive for Business, assignment submission and feedback with OneNote, and interactive course content with Office Video, Mix and Sway. Office 365 Groups, Office Graph, Yammer and Skype for Business integrations are also on the roadmap and will be available in future releases.
Stay tuned for more exciting information about Blackboard Open LMS in the coming weeks. Blackboard Open LMS customers who are also using Office 365 should feel welcome to contact their Blackboard representative to learn more about the integration.