Leeds University’s contract with Blackboard Learning System

August 3, 2015

The University of Leeds has selected Blackboard's e-learning solution that will be accessible to the university's 33,000 students and 7,300 staff across nine faculties. Leeds, the UK’s second largest university, selected the Blackboard Learning System, the Blackboard Community System and the Blackboard Content System after testing them for one year. Following the trial, the university has signed a multi-year contract with Blackboard, which is a provider of enterprise software applications for the education industry.

Blackboard’s product offerings provide powerful capabilities that enable institutions to develop collaborative communities, on- and off-campus, manage learning content and assess learning outcomes. As institutions embrace new program types and new ways of delivering their academic programs, the ability to provide additional functionality for delivering content, building communities and assessing learning outcomes is imperative.

The Blackboard Community System enables campuses to create online communities for students and faculty. These communities enhance information flow, improve student engagement and retention through increased interactions and foster connections between students.

The Blackboard Content System enables increased collaboration and efficiency in teaching and learning, by providing access to educational content, anytime, anywhere. This application makes it easier to identify relevant learning resources, share key documents with others and showcase accomplishments.

Millions of people use Blackboard every day at academic institutions around the globe, including colleges, universities, schools and other education providers, as well as textbook publishers and student-focused merchants that serve education providers and their students.

In almost a century of teaching, the university has played a leading part in the development of modern higher education in the UK. As well as continually strengthening core academic disciplines, the university has also developed distinctive areas of specialist expertise in rarer subjects such as Colour Chemistry and Fire Science.

By making the use of the latest technologies and with its teaching supported by such a strong and diverse research base, the university is able to offer a wide choice of interdisciplinary degrees including unusual subject combinations such as music and electronic engineering and Japanese with linguistics.

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