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Blackboard and Kaltura Expand Partnership Across Blackboard's Learning Platforms

Kaltura's Rich-Media Capabilities Available to Moodlerooms Users and More Blackboard Learn Customers

DENVER, Nov. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blackboard Inc. and Kaltura, the leading open source video platform, announced today an expanded partnership across Blackboard's learning platforms. Institutions using Moodlerooms's Moodle-based platform, joule, can now access Kaltura's advanced video tools directly in their learning management system. 

Also new, Blackboard and Kaltura plan to offer the Blackboard Building Blockmore broadly to Blackboard Learn customers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, expanding the availability of Kaltura's video tools and capabilities in Blackboard's flagship learning management system.

Through the partnership, students, instructors and administrators can add videos to courses, submit video assignments, view lecture videos, see a playlist of campus events, access videos from the library and build a personal media library inside their Blackboard or Moodle course. 

Since the companies first partnered in 2011, more than 200 educational institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia have signed up to use the Building Block.

"We're excited to bring Kaltura's rich-media capabilities into both Blackboard learning platforms and more markets globally," said Ted Hopper, Vice President, Business Development at Blackboard. "This expansion exemplifies our combined and continued commitment to open source technologies – and to adding capabilities for our customers to create engaging content that is shareable and accessible."

"Our Blackboard Learn and Moodle video solutions have become the market-standard in the US," said Ron Yekutiel, Chairman and CEO at Kaltura. "They are now growing at a staggering pace abroad as well. We are excited to expand our partnership with Blackboard to further enable next generation education around the globe."

To learn more about the Blackboard-Kaltura partnership visit, http://www.blackboard.com/Partnerships/Featured-Partners/Kaltura.aspx

Watch this video to see how Blackboard and Kaltura are improving learning results: http://site.kaltura.com/BlackboardVideo.html

About Blackboard Inc. 
Blackboard Inc. 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. Founded in 1997, Blackboard is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with offices in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia.

About Kaltura
Kaltura provides the world's first Open Source Online Video Platform, transforming the way people work, learn, and entertain using online video. The Kaltura platform engages hundreds of millions of viewers by providing media companies advanced video management, publishing, and monetization tools that increase their reach and monetization and simplify their video operations. Kaltura improves productivity and interaction among millions of employees by providing enterprises powerful online video tools for boosting internal knowledge sharing, training, and collaboration, and for more effective marketing. Kaltura offers next generation learning for millions of students and teachers by providing educational institutions disruptive online video solutions for improved teaching, learning, and increased engagement across campuses and beyond.  Kaltura was recently recognized in Forbes as 'one of the six fastest growing tech companies', in VentureBeat as a 'Next Billion Dollar Enterprise Tech Company', in Business-Insider as 'one of top 5 startups revolutionizing education' and 'one of 5 greatest open-source technologies for 2012', and in Mashable as 'one of top 5 social enterprise technologies for business'.

Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Blackboard represent the Company's views as of the date of this press release. Actual results may differ materially as a result of various important factors. The Company anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause the Company's views to change. However, while the Company may elect to update these statements at some point in the future, the Company specifically disclaims any obligation to do so.

SOURCE Blackboard Inc.; Kaltura

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