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Blackboard Announces New Competency-Based Education Digital Readiness Tool to Help Institutions Develop, Implement Successful Programs
New online self-assessment tool helps universities develop a competency-based education roadmap

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc., the world's leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, today announced the launch of the Competency-Based Education (CBE) Digital Readiness Tool. The new online self-assessment is designed to help institutions develop and implement successful CBE programs.

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The Digital Readiness Tool enables institutions to define their CBE program for viability and scalability; align their policies, practices and authority to deliver CBE; establish a curricular framework with faculty; create a powerful learning environment; and provide high quality touchpoints for faculty. The assessment was developed by Blackboard's leading team of CBE experts.

"Institutions are discovering that one of the most difficult pieces of CBE program development is not curriculum and assessment development, rather it's all of the changes in institutional programs unrelated to the curriculum," said Van Davis, Associate Vice President of Higher Education Research and Policy at Blackboard. "These are the elements that our new self-assessment tool helps uncover. Once an institution has a handle on where they are in the path, it's a much easier road forward."

Competency-based education models are designed to allow learners to progress as they demonstrate mastery of academic content, regardless of time, place, or pace of learning. These shifts can lead to lower cost to learners, less time to degree, and increased workplace opportunity.   As institutions plan for a new CBE program, the Digital Readiness Tool helps them understand the whole picture of CBE and the resources needed to meet their goals.  

This is the latest step taken by Blackboard to help institutions better understand CBE and implement successful programs. In July, the company announced creation of the CBE Resource Hub, a collection of leading research on CBE curated and managed by the company's leading voices on CBE.

For more information and to access the CBE Digital Readiness Tool, please visit:

About Blackboard Inc.

Blackboard 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. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

D'Anthony White, Blackboard Inc. 
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