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Pearson Integrates MyLab/Mastering Within Blackboard LMS

As part of an ongoing collaborative effort Pearson has integrated its MyLab/Mastering learning solution within the Blackboard learning management system (LMS).

The integrated system, the collaborators said, includes a single sign-on gradebook, improved workflows, and Web services to enable instructors to find and access MyLab/Mastering. This includes personalized study paths, customizable content, responsive learning tools, and real-time evaluation and diagnostics in Blackboard Learn, the two companies said. As a result of the integrated system, faculty will have the ability to transfer grade information to the Blackboard Learn gradebook and create direct links from MyLab/Mastering programs, as well as to customize their courses by choosing resoources and rearranging items in the content area and course navigation bars.

According to the two companies, nearly 2,000 institutions have adopted Blackboard's flagship learning management platform Blackboard Learn, Release 9.1 to take advantage of its stability and "greater workflow efficiencies" that use open APIs and standards-based interoperability for a wide range of integrations of resources and tools. Pearson's MyLab/Mastering has, the company said, "supported many successful faculty and programs in the redesign of college courses to effectively use technology to improve achievement and manage costs."

Students use MyLab/Mastering--which will place more than 850 solutions into the integration--to get a personalized learning experience that includes online tutorials, homework, and quizzes and tests that are automatically graded for immediate feedback.

Pearson Chief Learning Officer Jerome Grant hailed the collaboration for its ability to create "a more convenient way for instructors and students to benefit from the powerful teaching and learning support these programs offer" as the two companies continue to work together to ease the process for teachers and students seeking, using and sharing digital materials and tools.

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Jim Barthold is a freelance technology reporter. He can be reached at jimbarthold@comcast.net.

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