Blackboard Acquires Terriblyclever to Support Mobile Education
Blackboard Adds iPhone & Mobile Web Platform to Product Suite
Blackboard Inc., a global leader in education technology, Washington, DC – July 14, 2009 –
today announced a major step in its efforts to support students' mobile lifestyle with the TMacquisition of Terriblyclever Design, LLC, makers of MobilEdu, the category defining suite of TMiPhone and mobile Web applications for education.
MobilEdu allows education institutions to deliver a rich set of campus life services and content to mobile devices, uniquely branded for each institution, to better connect current students, parents, faculty, prospective students and alumni to the campus experience in a way that wasn't possible before.
With an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or other device with a mobile Web browser, MobilEdu users can navigate course catalogs and campus maps, e-mail professors and classmates and get real-time updates on their course schedules, campus events, news and sports teams.
"Today's students want to do everything with their mobile devices, including managing their social, school and work lives," said Michael L. Chasen, President and CEO of Blackboard. "Mobile is just beginning to emerge and no one is doing more to define the space in education than Terriblyclever. We're pleased to join forces to help institutions get serious about meeting the expectations of students and other campus constituents who live and learn in a mobile, digital world."
San Francisco-based Terriblyclever was started by a group of students who worked with Stanford University to build iStanford, a set of iPhone applications to support campus life. Terriblyclever has also developed iPhone and mobile Web campus applications for Duke University, Medical College of Georgia, Texas A&M University and several other higher education and K-12 institutions.
"We're proud of the technology we've developed, and excited about the prospect of bringing it to a wider community of institutions," said Kayvon Beykpour, co-founder of Terriblyclever who joins Blackboard as Vice President and leads the Company's focus on mobile technologies for education. "We started MobilEdu because we wanted to empower students and faculty by allowing them to engage with their university in a powerful and mobile way. Joining forces with Blackboard was the best way to work towards that vision, and we couldn't be more excited."
Now part of the Blackboard family of solutions, MobilEdu is an independent platform that can be accessed by users who download their institution's iPhone application from the Apple iPhone AppStore to their iPhone or other mobile device. Once up and running, an institution can enable MobilEdu users to:
; Navigate a school's entire course catalog and utilize one-touch navigation to directories
and maps to find out more about course professors and locations.
; Identify exact campus location using GPS, search for buildings by name or address and
see photos of the building.
; Check news, schedules, and real-time scores for athletic teams and browse and receive
alerts on general news articles for the institution.
; Access iTunes U, YouTube, or custom video content including course lectures.
; Find students and staff in the school directory, access calendars for special events and
campus happenings and browse and share images from a school's photo archives.
In addition, with their open API institutions can extend the MobileEdu platform to fully customize and personalize the school's iPhone and mobile Web interfaces.
For more information about the MobilEdu platform, please visit
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.
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