March 2018 Partnership Newsletter

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March 2018 News for Partners
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Blackboard Partnerships Newsletter

March 2018


BbWorld 2018

It’s time to start planning your BbWorld experience

At BbWorld, our sponsors and partners play a critical role in helping our customers enjoy a richer, more engaging educational experience. Companies at BbWorld have the chance to showcase innovative products and services.


BbWorld offers sponsors personalized experiences: From spaces designed to foster face-to-face meetings, to lead-gen and branding opportunities, we’ll work with you on a plan that helps you achieve your sponsorship goals. Click here to download the official BbWorld prospectus to learn about the robust sponsorship opportunities at BbWorld. Signature and Premier partners, speak with your Partner Manager about BbWorld today.

Join the 2018 Partnership Roadmap Webinars

We invite you to join our partner and product management leaders as they provide an update on the vision and roadmap for Blackboard Learn (including the Original experience / 9.1, SaaS deployment and the Ultra experience). Twice a year, we will hold roadmap webinars to ensure you are always up-to-date on the latest information about APIs, integrations and migrations. Be sure to invite members of your LMS integrations team to join these sessions, as appropriate.

Register Now

About the webinars

API and Blackboard Learn Roadmap for Blackboard Partners
Attend to hear our Product Management, Business Development, and Developer User Experience teams speak to the REST API and Blackboard Learn Ultra roadmaps and how you are enabled to deliver valuable tools to our education community.
  • Wednesday, May 2nd from 10:00–11:00 am EDT
Learn Integrations and You
Attend this must-see presentation to learn how you can integrate with Blackboard Learn platforms for cross platform sustainability using our new APIs and supported specifications.
  • Wednesday, May 9th from 10:00–11:00 am EDT
Register Now
Blackboard Learn – SaaS Update
As we move into 2018, we are thinking about and developing our teaching and learning products toward the greater good of a holistic, next generation digital learning environment through the lens of three critical, unifying product themes: academic effectiveness, learner engagement, and education insight. In the February Learn SaaS 3300.8.0 release, now available in SaaS production environments, we focused on academic effectiveness and learner engagement. We have also aligned our feature list below into groups based on the value and benefit they provide to the clients.

View all the details in the release notes here.
Mobile apps – Blackboard app & Blackboard Instructor app
Blackboard app coursesWe’ve also released key new features to the Blackboard and Blackboard Instructor apps including offline capabilities (both apps), and improvements to push notifications (Blackboard app).

Find all the details for the Blackboard app here and for Blackboard Instructor here. To ensure users have the best mobile experience possible, make sure institutions are on the correct Mobile B2 for their Learn version.
Blackboard and SAFARI Montage have partnered together to enrich the K-12 classroom by seamlessly connecting their leading learning object repository (LOR), loved by many K-12 institutions, with Blackboard Learn via Partner Cloud. The new integration will enable K-12 teachers to easily leverage the curated and created learning objects and resources available via the SAFARI Montage LOR within the Blackboard Learn LMS. To learn more about the Blackboard and SAFARI Montage partnership, click here.
New Blackboard and VitalSource Collaboration Supports Inclusive Access Model
On January 30, 2018, we announced a new collaboration with VitalSource to provide Inclusive Access of course materials to both Blackboard Learn and Moodlerooms through a Partner Cloud integration.

This unique integration will enable institutions to provide students with access to affordable course materials within our world class learning environments on day one of class, helping eliminate a fundamental barrier to student success.

The press release and blog post below provide additional information on this alliance.
Member Partners – Action Required before April 14
If you are a Member Level (formerly Blackboard Developer Network) partner with a Learn developer License, your credentials will expire on April 14, 2018. A renewal notice will be sent to you in late March and if you haven’t already, please follow the steps in the email to renew. If you have any questions, please contact
Have you visited the Blackboard Partnership pages lately?
Our web team along with your Partnerships team members have been hard at work to unify the design and simplify the navigation on these pages. About 3 weeks ago the new look and feel went live. Take a peek here

Signature and Premier Partners visit your individual partner pages to see how they mirror the new design.
In Developer news the following resources may be helpful:
Each newsletter we will highlight a member of the Blackboard Partnership team to give you an insight on who we are and what we do. The first team member chosen to be highlighted is Mark Kauffman.
Mark Kauffman
Mark Kauffman
Title: Partner Software Engineer
Time at Blackboard: Over 3 years


How do you help clients/partners?

  1. Education through articles, examples and blog posts on
  2. Assist with Ultra & REST API integration development.
  3. Assist with Building Block(TM) Java APIs.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

Writing & publishing code that demonstrates Blackboard Learn REST APIs for partners and clients.


Favorite hobby: Jogging
Favorite vacation location: Rome, Italy


Best Knock, Knock joke:

"Knock Knock."
"Who's there?"
"A broken pencil."
"A broken pencil who?"
"Never mind. It’s pointless."



If you will be attending any of these conferences, stop by our booth. Signature and Premier Partners, ask your Partner Manager about opportunities to collaborate at future events.

2018 HLC Annual Conference
April 6-9, 2018 | Chicago, IL
HLC Annual Conference is taking place in Chicago, the conference offers learning, professional development and networking opportunities for member institutions. Blackboard will be at booth #316.


OLC Innovate
April 18-20, 2018 | Nashville, TN
OLC Innovate 2018 will challenge teaching and learning paradigms, reimagine the learning experience, and ideate on how disruptions in education today will shape the innovative classroom of tomorrow. Blackboard will be at booth #800.

USDLA United States Distance Learning Conference
April 29- May 2, 2018 | Indianapolis, IN
The United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA) 2018 National Conference is the premier event for professionals in the distance learning industry. It promises to deliver an action-packed agenda that will bring together distance learning practitioners from across the country.


If you have questions or would like to submit content to the next Partnership Newsletter, please contact:


Necco McKinley, Sr. Manager Partnerships Marketing