Press Releases

Teaching and Learning Conference to Draw e-Learning Leaders from Across Europe, Middle East and Africa
Blackboard Partners with Plantijn Hogeschool to Host Event in Antwerp

AMSTERDAM – April 20, 2012 – Blackboard Inc. today announced details of the Teaching and Learning Conference 2012, one of the largest annual gatherings of leaders from IT and education in the region. The event will draw attendees from 89 institutions and 17 countries to Antwerp, Belgium from April 23-25 to share ideas and best practices in e-learning. Plantijn Hogeschool, a leading university college, will host the event.

The conference programme includes over 50 client-led sessions on topics including social and student-centered learning, leveraging technology to improve student achievement, mobile initiatives in education, and using data to support the educational mission. The event’s opening keynote will be delivered by Cor Molenaar, a leading CRM and e-commerce strategist and professor at the Rotterdam School of Management.

“In a field where it’s impossible for one person to be an expert in everything, sometimes it’s who you know that’s important,” said Gorden Adel, Learning Technologist at the University of Northampton. “There is a huge range of expertise in the Blackboard community, and it’s all in one place at the conference – the opportunity to catch up with colleagues and make new connections is invaluable.”

The conference will also include a special focus on how real-time collaboration tools can improve student engagement and learning outcomes, including presentations from institutions that have successfully leveraged Blackboard Collaborate, the leading Web conferencing, enterprise instant messaging and voice authoring platform built for education.

Blackboard executives will also provide product and company updates in keynote sessions from Ray Henderson, Chief Technology Officer and President of Academic Platforms, and Kayvon Beykpour, General Manager of Blackboard Mobile.

More information on the Teaching and Learning Conference 2012 is available at

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard Inc. is a global leader in enterprise technology and innovative solutions that improve the experience of millions of students and learners around the world every day. Blackboard's solutions allow thousands of higher education, K-12, professional, corporate, and government organizations to extend teaching and learning online, facilitate campus commerce and security, and communicate more effectively with their communities. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company’s views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company’s views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.  

Subscribe to receive the latest Blackboard news