Project_ng_graphic I’m David Andrews, the launch lead for the first release of Blackboard’s Project NG, and I’d like to introduce you to a new series of blog posts by Blackboard team members about our series of Next Generation releases.

My job is to make sure everybody — from the global community of Blackboard users to the broader e-Learning community to Blackboard itself — is ready for the first release of Project NG.  I’ve been working in the software space for awhile now, and have been at Blackboard for about a year and a half.  Over that period I’ve been involved in a lot of cool stuff, but Project NG stands out for me as the most exciting work.

There are many great aspects to Project NG, including:

  • A combination of the best of Blackboard and WebCT features and functionality
  • A new, powerfully simple user experience
  • A new level of flexibility and openness

We’re committed to getting information about these releases to our clients as early and quickly as possible, and this series of blog posts is part of that effort.

Beginning today and continuing through the first release of Project NG, several Blackboard colleagues and I (including Stephanie Cupp, George Kroner, John Fontaine and John Dennett — product experts intimately familiar with Project NG) will give you a behind-the-scenes look into the initiative, the thinking behind its developments and an insider’s perspective to what it all means for users.

For example, we’ll blog about our philosophy behind, and approach to, user experience.  We’ll discuss openness and the thinking behind the new Learning Environment Connector that connects Blackboard software and Sakai, which John Fontaine and Jan Day discussed in earlier posts.

These entries will be marked at the outset of each by a Project NG graphic, posted directly to the Blackboard Next Generation Blog and cross-posted when relevant to other community blogs collected here at Blackboard Blogs.

If you ever have a question or comment about one of our posts, please tell us.  I encourage you to send your questions, feedback and comments to us at

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