This year marks an important milestone for Blackboard—it’s our 20th anniversary—which gives us an opportunity to reflect on this incredible journey with you, our clients, and to set our sights on what we can accomplish in the future as partners.
Over the past 20 years, we’ve expanded around the globe and are today in over 90 countries. I’m continually amazed, inspired and proud of the impact our clients are making in delivering the benefits of education to their students.
Together we’re making a real difference in people’s lives. For instance, in Latin American countries our partners are enabling access to quality education for the first time for a rapidly growing middle class. In South Africa, our clients have continued to provide access to education during periods of civil unrest when universities were shut down. Just last month in Australia, we partnered with a local institution to offer our Collaborate tool in the native Djambarrpuyŋu language in order to improve student engagement and retention by providing a more rewarding and inclusive virtual classroom experience. And in North America, Europe and other mature markets, we’re helping institutions meet enrollment and retention goals, and non-traditional students balance the demands of work, raising children and going to class by giving them tools to help overcome challenges to getting an education.
We have gone through a unique journey over the past two decades, and with that built a distinct position in the market. We have a global footprint, a broad and deep portfolio that is unmatched in the market, and a unique potential to broadly impact the education community and learners around the globe. We also have developed a close and long-term relationship with our clients as we have been on this journey together.
What does this mean for you? This breadth enables us to bring the top ideas, technology, best practices and innovation from anywhere in the world into your hands. We also ask that you continue to push us. We have a stronger portfolio because of our clients and we will continue to be successful because of your support.
There are many examples of how our global footprint benefits our client base. But one recent example is the accessibility technology, Ally, that we’ve integrated with Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Open LMS in our latest releases to allow you to provide better access to education for all learners. In this case, we brought together technology expertise from the U.K. and Belgium with our accessibility experts in D.C. and our product development teams in Indianapolis – resulting in Blackboard making this important innovation available to clients around the globe.
As we think about the path forward, it continues by delivering an unmatched portfolio of solutions to help you solve the most pressing and complex challenges you are facing in meeting the needs of your learners. And the journey will continue as we leverage our deep insights and analytics to drive innovative new solutions that will meet your evolving needs in the future.
In the weeks to come as part of our ongoing anniversary celebration, we’ll be featuring interviews here on our blog with some of our clients who are doing amazing things around the globe. And we’ll also be showcasing some of our talented team members who are passionate about education and are bringing our vision to life.
I look forward to our journey ahead together.