Blackboard’s Middle East clients continue to move to learn SaaS


Staff Report

Blackboard, a leading education technology company for teaching, learning and student engagement, has announced that many of its clients across the Middle East continue to transition to the Software as a Service (SaaS) deployment of Blackboard Learn, the company’s flagship learning management system (LMS). The transitions come as Blackboard continues to increase investment and strengthen its commitment in the Middle East region, delivering a superior teaching and learning experience.

Robert Speed

Some of the institutions that have completed their transition to Learn SaaS this year include Batterjee Medical College, Effat University, King Abdullah University of Science and Technology in Saudi Arabia; United Arab Emirates University, Sorbonne University Abu Dhabi SUAD, University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates; and Maltepe University and Izmir Ekonomi University in Turkey.

Some of the institutions that are slated to complete their transition to Learn SaaS in early 2020 include Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University in Saudi Arabia; American University of Dubai and American University of Sharjah in the UAE and Lebanese American University in Lebanon.

The benefits of moving to a cloud-based delivery model include continuous delivery of new features, zero-downtime updates and quicker delivery of fixes. Once institutions are on SaaS, they can enable Learn Ultra, Blackboard’s next-generation LMS, which offers educators and students a clean, modern interface and intuitive workflows. Learn Ultra also provides immediate access to critical information and personalized insights directly within everyday workflows. This flexibility allows institutions to further adapt the LMS to their specific needs.

“We are thrilled that even more of our clients in the Middle East will now be able to reap the benefits of our innovation and investments in our cloud-based LMS,” said Robert Speed, Vice President for the Middle East and Africa at Blackboard. “We look forward to continuing to support our clients as they unlock the many possibilities of Blackboard’s enhanced approach to teaching and learning.” –