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Blackboard Developer Community Newsletter - Updates on Blackboard’s Developer Platform and Developer Program



For those who may not have been able to attend one of the recent DevCons or otherwise heard through the grapevine - there are substantial and positive changes happening with the Blackboard Developer Platform and Developer Program!



This is in part why it has been an exciting 6 months for Scott and me. We have traveled to hold DevCons in Liverpool, DC, and Adelaide. In doing so we have been able to meet developers and administrators directly to discuss what we and the company are envisioning as the new developer platform and program, and what we are personally doing to help achieve that vision. Simply we want to deliver to you the best possible developer experience and are working diligently with other Blackboard Staff to make this a reality.



As an example, Scott and I are traveling 18 days during the month of October through Singapore, Seoul, and Beijing. We will be taking this opportunity to evangelize the Developer Platform, conduct DevCons, and meet with Blackboard Staff and most importantly meet with our Customers.



On our return watch for an update on how our fellow developers on the Pacific Rim are using or interested in using the Blackboard dev platform to meet their integration requirements.



Also, over the coming months watch this space for quarterly newsletters and monthly blogs that will inform you of where we are in delivering exciting developer platform and program changes!



Until next time - Happy Coding!


Mark and Scott




Mark O’Neil

Senior Product Manager, Developer Platform




Scott Hurrey

Senior Technical Writer, Developer Experience


And The Winner Is...

Posted by scott.hurrey Sep 29, 2015

Szymon Machajewski!


Of what, you ask? The name the new Blackboard API contest, as documented in this discussion.


Szymon suggested that we keep the naming convention simple and in keeping with marketplace trends, so hence forth, the impending Blackboard Rest APIs will be known as the Blackboard API, and the integrations you will build will be Blackboard Apps.


I will be contacting Szymon to work out his prize, but in the meantime, keep on your thinking caps, folks. Soon it will be time to name the overall integration platform, and we hope to hear from you with your ideas.


Check back here for more information.





Calling all bloggers!

Posted by kelley.macewen Sep 24, 2015

Hi everyone,


My name is Kelley and I’m a Content Designer at Blackboard. I’m on the team working to promote the community site, especially the developer community group. We think one way to promote collaboration and discussion on the site is to post thoughtful content regularly. And to make it feel like a true community site, we want to hear what administrators and technologists are working on at their institutions. These posts can help start discussions and develop new ideas among group members. This is where you come in!


Would any of you be interested in writing blog posts to publish in this group? We don’t have any requirements except that your post is relevant to the group’s shared interests. You can post as often as you want, and write a little or a lot.


This is completely voluntary, of course. But if you are interested, feel free to message me or Scott Hurrey with any questions.


Thanks for your time!



Kelley MacEwen