Capability Set - Detail 1

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Capability Set - Detail
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Common Community Problems
 Too Much Information
– Institutions have to SPAM their faculty and students
– Too many online sources of information – most with unique
passwords
 Too Little Communication
– Services offered only in-person during normal business hours
– Distance and commuter students disconnected from the community
– Under-utilized mentors, advisors, and students communities
 Learning without Personalization
– Online learning communities lack unique look and feel
– Disciplines are unique but online learning is the same
 Commerce Mayhem
– Many departments have no online purchasing of required academic
products and services
– Departments have dozens of distinct insecure, complex and costly
solutions
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Bb Community System
Capability Set by : Category
CONNECTIONS
PERSONALIZATION
E-COMMERCE
ADMINISTRATION
Community Building Tools
Portal Web Services
Channels / Modules
Role-based Info Delivery
Multi-Institution Mgmt
Wireless / PDA
e-Commerce
e-Marketplace
Enterprise Scalability
Multi-Language Support
System Integration
Standards
Building Blocks
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Bb Community System
Capability Set by : Benefit
ANYTIME ANYWHERE
ACCESS
INSTRUCTOR
EFFICIENCY
Portal Web Services
Multi-Institution Mgmt
Wireless / PDA
e-Commerce
e-Marketplace
Enterprise Scalability
Multi-Language Support
Standards
Building Blocks
System Integration
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ACCESS TO HIGH STUDENT CENTERED
QUALITY CONTENT
LEARNING
Channels / Modules
Role-based Info Delivery
Community Building Tools
Connections
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Community Building Tools
Enable users and groups on
campus to collaborate and
communicate more effectively.
Organization sites enable
campus organizations (for
example, clubs or interest
groups, student or faculty
government associations,
fraternities/sororities, etc.) to
distribute content, communicate
and collaborate through an
online environment similar to the
course sites with which they are
already familiar. Also allows for
website content creation,
development and management
to be assigned to individual
users or groups.
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Portal Web Services
A rich set of standards-based
web-services that can act as a
stand alone portal or act as a
feed to multiple institutional
portals on and off campus.
Allows for a central point of
access for academic and
administrative activities.
Through these services every
portal on campus can have
immediate and secure access to
school information, online
classes, exam results, student
portfolios, virtual hard drives and
more.
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Channels / Modules
A Module is a container for
content or interactive tools.
Channels use the RSS content
syndication format to deliver
regularly-updated headlines and
content to users. Modules and
Channels are similar to the
content boxes (e.g., Finance,
Shop, Jobs) seen in portals
such as Yahoo. Individual users
can customize their personal
portal pages by selecting those
modules and channels most
relevant to them. Availability of
modules is role-based, allowing
the institution to target content
or application delivery to specific
constituencies. The Blackboard
software ships with over 100
modules and channels, which
can be customized by
institutions.
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Personalization
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Role-based Information Delivery
Availability of Portal tabs,
modules, channels, tools, and
courses and organizations can
be based on institution roles
allowing for targeted delivery of
content and information. For
example, the institution could
create a tab that would be
visible only to users with the
Faculty role, and within that tab,
a “School of Business Faculty
News” module which would only
be available to users who are
Faculty members in the School
of Business.
An undergraduate student,
a Biology undergraduate student,
a faculty member,
or faculty on another campus.
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Multi-Institution Branding and Management
Facilitates separation of multiple
institutions, departments, or groups
on one Blackboard server. For
example, separate schools can be
given their own domain and the
ability to manage and brand their
domain with the appropriate lookand-feel, including different colors,
logos, tabs, modules, and channels.
Delegated Administration allows
System Administrators to assign
domain-specific administrative tasks
to individuals within that domain,
allowing each to independently
manage their own content and
configuration. System Administrator
can also assign to individual users
or groups the management of
portions of the system including
courses, user management, tabs,
modules, brands, and content
collections.
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Wireless / PDA
Blackboard Unplugged, an
optional component available
through Blackboard Global
Services, provides the ability for
Blackboard users to access
course and portal information
through a wireless-enabled PDA
or other device, such as a
mobile phone. Users can
access announcements,
calendar items, tasks, grades,
content and other information or
synchronize that information for
offline viewing.
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e-Commerce
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e-Commerce
Built in e-Commerce
functionality that allows for an
institution to charge for items via
a student’s campus one-card or
credit card. Items can include
books, merchandise, a course,
organization membership, or
other items. Institutions can
also charge for course
enrollment and group and
organization membership fees.
When connected to an
institutions Blackboard
Transaction System students
can view their account balance,
transaction history, and deposit
funds.
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e-Marketplace
A built in e-Marketplace feature
provides an online storefront
capability and allows
administrators to create multiple
online stores. For example, the
campus Chemistry Department
could have one online store that
sells equipment and supplies
needed for labs and Campus
Parking could have another
store that sold parking passes.
This feature enables the
creation of a unified online
campus shopping environment –
a virtual mall.
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Administration
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Enterprise Scalability
Based on robust, industry
standard web servers,
application servers, and
databases, the Blackboard
system has a proven ability to
scale to hundreds of thousands
of active users. Out-of-the-box
load balancing supports easy
configuration of additional
application servers to allow the
implementation to grow with
adoption. Likewise, multiple
database fail-over support
assures a reliable, highavailability enterprise
environment.
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Multi-Language Support
Enables institutions to run
multiple languages on the same
system. To support cross-border
education as well as foreign
language courses, instructors
can set the language of the
course independently from the
language setting of the overall
system. In addition to supporting
most European languages,
Blackboard supports multi-byte
character sets such as
Japanese and Chinese.
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System Integration
Blackboard’s data and system
integration capabilities, enabled
through the Building Blocks
architecture, allow institutions to
integrate student information
systems, campus
authentications systems (LDAP,
Kerberos, Active Directory, etc.),
and other campus back-office
systems with the Blackboard
Academic Suite.
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Standards
Compliance and interoperability
with industry standards is a
fundamental capability of
Blackboard’s software products.
Blackboard is a strong advocate
for open industry standards in
the areas of system
interoperability through (IMS,
SIF, OKI, etc.); content
specifications (IMS, SCORM,
NLN, etc.), privacy (FERPA),
accessibility (Section 508), and
metadata (IMS, Dublin Core,
etc.).
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Building Blocks (Open APIs)
Blackboard's open architecture
initiative, Building Blocks,
provides a public, free software
development kit (SDK) that
documents application
programming interfaces (APIs).
Clients and independent
software vendors use the
Building Blocks technology to
create new functionality on top
of the Blackboard platform or
integrate external systems with
Blackboard products.
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