Blackboard Makes Danish Debut

The University of Southern Denmark (SDU) is to deploy Blackboard Mobile Learn, making it the first Scandinavian institution to partner with Blackboard to enable students to access course content on their mobile devices, writes Eva McGarr.

The Blackboard app brings students and teachers together by extending access to interactive teaching and learning to mobile devices. This allows users to comment on class discussions, view grades and documents, and access course information and materials.

“Using mobile applications for students to not only contact one another but carry out day-to-day academic experiences, such as accessing and printing course materials is becoming increasingly common,” says Ambrosia Hansen, head of department for competence development at the University of Southern Denmark. “Blackboard Mobile Learn is essential for our institution to deliver a first class learning and teaching experience. We aim to provide students with an innovative and technologically savvy learning environment that not only meets their needs but which facilitates successful learning. A recent study by Ericsson indicates that 80 per cent of people who go online worldwide will be connected via a mobile device in 2015.”

Blackboard Mobile Learn is currently available for Android, BlackBerry and iOS. After being enabled by their institution, students and faculty can download the apps for free from the relevant app store.