For quite some time people have wondered when/if  Blackboard was going to be available on BlackBerry Devices and that wait is now over. Blackboard will make its debut at the University of Washington this week.

bbbbmobilePress Release Excerpts:
Blackboard Inc.announces the launch of a native application for BlackBerry(R) mobile devices, debuting at the University of Washington this week, as part of the new Blackboard Mobile(TM) platform which is being leveraged by a growing number of campuses and K-12 schools to deliver a rich set of campus life services and content to mobile devices.bbbb

The BlackBerry application enables many more users to enjoy an enhanced experience while navigating course catalogs and campus maps, e-mailing professors and classmates and receiving real time updates on course schedules, campus events, news and sports with Mobile Central (formerly MobilEdu(TM)), Blackboard Mobile’s flagship suite of applications.

With Mobile Central, users have access to course catalogs, directories and maps, they can identify exact campus locations with GPS and they can check campus news, schedules, and real-time scores for athletic teams. In addition, open APIs for Blackboard Mobile enable institutions to extend the platform’s offerings to fully customize and personalize the school’s BlackBerry and mobile Web interfaces.

“This new platform allows us to easily reach our students, faculty and staff around the clock and deliver information whenever and wherever they want it, which increasingly is on mobile devices like the BlackBerry and iPhone,” said David Morton, Director of Mobile Communication Strategies at the University of Washington (UW). “As a modern, global university, UW committed to embracing mobile communications and is pleased to be the launch institution for the BlackBerry initiative.”

Full Press Release HERE!

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