Blackboard Launches Content Management, E-Portfolio System

Blackboard Inc. ( has launched an education-specific learning content management and online portfolio system, Blackboard Content System (, which will benefit students, faculty and campus IT administrators by lowering the costs and increasing the simplicity of managing learning content, digital assets and e-portfolios in an enterprise learning environment. As the use of enterprisewide course management systems has grown, instructors and administrators have seen explosive growth in the number, sophistication and size of learning content assets. To tap the full pedagogical value of these materials, while managing costs, content systems provide critical application functionality such as the storing and tracking of learning objects for institutionwide re-use; the managing of student and faculty scholarships in electronic portfolios; and the integration of informal content assets with existing library system catalogs. The Blackboard Content System incorporates application capabilities in four key areas: learning content management, e-portfolio management, virtual hard drive management and library digital asset management.

This article originally appeared in the 11/01/2003 issue of THE Journal.