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Blackboard Announces Expanded Program for BbWorld 2012
Sal Khan and Freeman Hrabowski to Deliver Keynotes

WASHINGTON, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. today announced an expanded program for BbWorld® 2012, the company's education technology conference scheduled for July 10-12 in New Orleans, La. Along with 175 client-led sessions on best practices and knowledge sharing, this year's program also features new sessions on a range of emerging themes in education technology, including social learning, digital content, analytics and mobility. 

Over 2,500 administrators, academic leaders, instructors and technical experts will attend BbWorld to gain greater insight into teaching and learning with technology and network with peers. Keynote sessions will be delivered by Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Sal Khan, founder and executive director of Khan Academy

BbWorld will also include dedicated session tracks designed specifically for audiences including faculty, chief technology officers and executives. Two additional events will take place alongside BbWorld: the Connections Summit, a two-day event focused on online collaboration, and DevCon, the annual meeting of institutional and third party developers working to extend learning platforms. 

"If you are interested in the present and future of online learning, BbWorld is the place to be," said Paul Lefavi, director of eLearning technology at Indian River State College. "BbWorld is a wonderful opportunity to meet colleagues and discuss best practices."

Blackboard staff, technical experts and partners will lead a number of sessions on how institutions and users can get the most out of their technology initiatives. Michael L. Chasen, Blackboard president and chief executive officer, and Ray Henderson, chief technology officer and president of academic platforms, will also deliver a keynote highlighting company and product updates.

"We've really expanded our vision for supporting teaching and learning with a wide range of technology and services, and this year's BbWorld program reflects that broader view," said Chasen. "We're looking forward to great exchange of ideas and approaches with input from a diverse set of participants who are shaping the direction of education technology."

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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.

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