Overview

Blackboard offers a broad portfolio of products and services specifically designed to meet the growing demands of diverse populations across the Educational market. Our platforms provide connected and personalized experiences that enable our Clients to achieve their vision and meet their strategic goals. With a long history of providing the most reliable communications solutions in the market, we are committed to providing and continuously improving tools that enable a connection with your communities across multiple different virtual channels. We know that stronger connected educational communities equate to higher student achievement, including career readiness, emotional well-being, and college preparedness.

Blackboard is committed to providing the tools you need to communicate with and engage families, students, staff, and their communities. Why? Because we know that stronger educational communities equate to higher student achievement.

Our promise to you: We will continually develop, refine, and integrate our products and services to ensure our Community Engagement Solution evolves as the needs of your district and communities evolve.

Please see our Products page for a guide to some of the products and services we offer under this contract. Additional information can be obtained by contacting a member of our Team.

Products/Services


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Blackboard Web Community Manager Essential: Website and content management system software with reliable web hosting.

Blackboard Ally for Web Community Manager – Accessibility: Blackboard Ally helps you modify, monitor, and report on your website content to make it more accessible for your entire community.

Dashboard Activity Stream w/Student Data: Personalized section of the CMS which gives parents access to school and student information in one location.

Premium Video App: Video publishing and viewing in Web Community Manager. Includes 40 GB of dedicated video file storage per site.

Pre-Design and Custom Made Responsive Templates: Option of choice of template from subset template library or made to order custom design.

Consulting, Site Launch and Content Migration: Blackboard Site, Client Site and Online options available.

K12 Training Services: Blackboard Site, Client Site and Online options available.

Blackboard Mobile Communications App basic & integrated: Custom, branded mobile app. Available integrated with access to student information, news, calendars, social media, notifications, and other vital school information.

Blackboard Mass Notifications- Emergency Notifications: Reliable mass notification system for sending messages via voice, text, email, push notification, website announcement, website alert, and social media.

Blackboard Teacher Communications: Teacher-to-parent communication tool.

Blackboard Social Media Manager: Tool for managing all district and school social media accounts.

Blackboard Classroom: Blackboard Classroom is a simple and powerful digital learning environment that enables personalized learning anytime and anywhere.

Blackboard Collaborate: Blackboard Collaborate™ is a simple, convenient and reliable online collaborative learning solution. This fully redesigned solution delivers a level of engagement that makes learners feel like they’re together in the same room via collaboration and conference tools.

Blackboard Professional Development: Flexible professional development means more teachers get more training.

Blackboard Moodlerooms: Moodlerooms, an open source learning platform, supports personalized learning. Learners can learn and educators can teach in ways that work best for them, thus creating a more engaged, customized learning experience.


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Predict: Blackboard Predict leverages rich data sets and advanced analytics to identify students at risk to increase the efficiency and scale of intervention. Simple, easy-to interpret visualizations let instructors and advisors know when it’s time to intervene.

Marketing Services:Blackboard Marketing Solutions are rooted in years of Higher Ed experience and proven strategies for improving lead conversions and enrollment rates. Our team of industry experts will work with you to customize an analytical approach.

Help Desk Services: The IT Help Desk by Blackboard partners with higher education institutions across the country to support universal technology applications and provide 24/7/365 multi-modal responsiveness, scalability, knowledge-based capabilities, and highly trained resources to internal IT departments.

Cashnet: Cashnet offers your students services to help improve the campus payment transaction experience.

Blackboard Ally: Blackboard Ally is a revolutionary product that integrates seamlessly into the Learning Management System and focuses on making digital course content more accessible.

Connect: Blackboard Connect enables you to send university notifications via the widest range of communication channels—phone, email, SMS, social media and more. Enhance campus safety with a robust, reliable emergency notification system. Deliver targeted and relevant custom notifications.

Analytics for Learn: Instructional design has a significant impact on student success. A well-designed learning environment can increase student engagement, decrease unnecessary cognitive load, and encourage self-reflection, but it can be difficult to know what works best, in which context, and for whom.

Blackboard Collaborate: Blackboard Collaborate™ is a simple, convenient and reliable online collaborative learning solution. This fully redesigned solution delivers a level of engagement that makes learners feel like they’re together in the same room via collaboration and conference tools.

Training Services: On-site or online training, and best-in-class technical services equip your team with the knowledge they need to succeed.

Consulting Services: Get strategic support and concrete solutions for managing change and driving transformation.

Learning Core: Make learning more effective in and beyond the traditional walls, and give your students the online learning experience they expect.

Learning Essentials: Create a collaborative online learning environment that offers personalized, flexible learning options.


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Campus Card & A Unified Credential: From ID badging to debit and privilege transactions, our PCI & PA-DSS compliant software and hardware allows your cardholders to pay for on- and off-campus goods and services. Dining, bookstore, vending, copy & print management, laundry and off-campus merchants are just some of the capabilities of our system. Contactless, biometric and mobile technology increases security and speeds up transactions.

Security Management: Including enterprise door access control, student safety mobile app, urgent notification and IP video surveillance, we offer these solutions fully integrated into our campus credentialing. Combined, these capabilities far exceed those of disparate systems. One-touch lockdowns from anywhere and full ID management across all capabilities are some of the advantages when using an enterprise solution.

Attendance & Events: Attendance is highly correlated with student success. By measuring class attendance as well as participation in campus events, you reinforce positives behaviors that ultimately lead to student success. Further, tracking attendance enables you to identify students at-risk and then engage in proactive remediation.

Financial Services & Our Payment Platform: A key to fundamental access to education is the ability for a student or supporting parent to manage their education finances. Our full suite of financial capabilities ensures that both students and parents have the necessary tools to not only manage their finances, but to support and increase the probability of matriculation and continued persistence.

Campus Store Management: Our Campus Store solutions enable institutions to serve their students and deliver content in the manner they wish to consume (print, digital or print on demand) and wherever they wish to consume. Equally important, our technology builds trust and confidence between the institution and the student by presenting all purchase or rental options with perfect visibility into pricing alternatives from multiple content providers. The student purchases knowing they have received best value.

Concessions: Events are a large part of any campus experience. With our Concessions solution, students and alumni find convenient ticketing, event access, promotions and payment options. For alumni, Institutional Advancement is critical. Creating an exceptional experience when alumni attend events goes a long way in achieving breadth and depth of “wallet-share.” Campus venues must equal the service experience of professional venues these alumni visit. They expect the same service options without the friction. This requires the latest technology and service strategies, from mobile ticketing to in-seat-ordering to cueing for pick-up or delivery.

Contract Info

Awarded Vendor:
Blackboard

Contract Awarded:
Digital Media Management & Mass Notification

Contract Number:
01-30

Lead Agency: 
Region 14 ESC

Contract Term:
5 year term, May 13, 2014 to May 31, 2019
*Option to renew for zero (0) additional one (1) year periods.

Due Diligence

Request for Proposal:
RFP for Digital Media Management & Mass Notification

Awarded Vendor Response:
Blackboard's Response to RFP

Evaluation:
Bid Tab & Request for RFP List

Award Letter:
Region 14 Award Letter


Renewal Letter:
5th Year Renewal Letter

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Vendor Contact

General Enquiries & K12
Michelle Sweigart
Manager, Channel Sales K-12
Phone: 814-272-7274
Michelle.sweigart@blackboard.com


NAHE
S. Scott Arnett
Senior Account Executive
North America Higher Education
Phone: 214.250.8462
Scott.Arnett@blackboard.com
TRANSACT
Doug Parrish
Director Sales & RVP
Phone: 317-306-6808
doug.parrish@blackboard.com