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Washington, D.C.-based edtech company Blackboard is extending its partnering with the United States Army to provide its adaptive teaching and learning resources in support of the Army’s readiness goal and next generation of leaders. The partnership extends for five years and is valued at $32 million.
We are proud to announce that the U.S. Army selected our #edtech platform to provide an adaptive and agile learning environment for over 350,000 service members. Learn more about how we support the Army readiness goal: https://t.co/fMm69u3xBo
— Blackboard (@Blackboard) April 23, 2019
The U.S. Army will use components of Blackboard’s edtech platform like Blackboard Learn, Blackboard Collaborate and its mobile solutions, a press release states, for more than 350,000 of its service members. With Blackboard Collaborate, the Army will focus with the edtech company on building accreditation and assessment solutions available on mobile, and Blackboard Learn will be used to provide a system to create, store, manage and deliver training content, the press release states.
“We are proud that the U.S. Army has expanded its partnership with us to deliver an adaptive and agile learning environment for service members,” Mark Gruzin, president of Global Markets at Blackboard said in a statement. “Blackboard is proud and humbled to provide mission enablement to hundreds of thousands of service members.”
Blackboard has previously worked with the Department of the Army Civilians, National Guard and Reservists, but this partnership extension will support the Army’s Lifelong Learning Program (LLP), which is a program providing participants with offline and online learning tactics. Through this partnership, Blackboard will support 45 programs across two Army locations, the Management Staff College at Fort Leavenworth and the Sergeant Major’s Academy at Fort Bliss. Blackboard’s edtech platform will be available on-premise at these two locations and in the company’s cloud.
This announcement comes after the edtech company announced plans to relocate its global headquarters to Northern Virginia, after striking a deal to remain in the District less than four years ago with the help of Mayor Muriel Bowser, Technical.ly DC previously reported.
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