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Norwegian University of Science and Technology Selects Blackboard Learn as its New E-Learning System
Blackboard's Flagship Solution Comes Out on Top after Competitive Tender

LONDON, March 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Following a competitive evaluation of the industry's leading e-learning systems, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) has selected Blackboard Learn™ as its new teaching and learning platform. Throughout the review process, Blackboard was the vendor that best met the institution's needs and requirements for openness, flexibility and usability.  Additionally, Blackboard Learn was found to be a highly customizable solution able to support different teaching methodologies across the faculties.

With over 39,000 students and 60 international master's programmes, NTNU is the largest public research university in Norway and recently merged with university colleges in Gjøvik, Ålesund and Sør-Trøndelag. Thanks to Blackboard, the university will be able to implement best practices, giving educators the chance to use the e-learning system in a way that suits their teaching styles, and providing learners with the best tools to achieve educational success. Moreover, according to NTNU, with the implementation of Blackboard's platform the overall cost for the post-combination University will be approximately 75 percent lower per year than before.i

"The goal of our review was to find the best solution to meet our present and future requirements and Blackboard obtained the highest score among all tenderers," said Knut Veium, head of section at NTNU and responsible for the student related systems. "We also involved students and staff in our evaluation to be sure that the needs of final users were answered and their feedback of Blackboard was absolutely positive."

Through Blackboard, NTNU will also gain access to a wide community of higher education institutions and educational leaders around the world, helping them increase opportunities for international partnerships.

"We are pleased to have been selected by the biggest institution in Norway and we are looking forward to working with NTNU to deliver the best teaching and learning experience to their teachers and students," said Matthew Small, senior vice president and managing director, international at Blackboard. "With our powerful and easy to use solutions, NTNU will transform its pedagogical approach empowering students to attain their academic goals."

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