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Blackboard Honors University Customers for Innovations

Blackboard Inc. last week held its annual conference for users of its electronic commerce platform, the Blackboard Commerce Suite. During the program, two of its academic customers were recognized with  Greenhouse "exemplary service" awards: Duke University and the University of Alabama.

Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs at Duke, presented a keynote address at the conference, at which he discussed increasing consumer demands in higher education. Students have come to expect elaborate residence halls loaded with student amenities,  Moneta said, including wellness centers with climbing walls and wave pools, as well as  campus dining and retail centers that resemble shopping malls.

Duke and Alabama join a list of other schools that have been given Blackboard's 2007 Greenhouse honors this Spring, including Seton Hall University, William Rainey Harper College, and the University of North Florida.

Seaton Hall was given the Greenhouse communities of practice award for using the Blackboard Content System to develop a Standards Portfolio, enabling users to create and access assessment materials and e-Portfolios.

William Rainey Harper College received the firm's e-commerce development  award for a course that introduces "foundation concepts" in electronic commerce and teaches students how to create their own e-commerce stores.

Blackboard also honored the University of  North Florida for its Community Nursing Service--Learning Homebase, a community-based service learning curriculum. The program uses Blackboard to integrate the university's upper division nursing students into one of six non-term service-learning "courses" called home bases.

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Paul McCloskey is contributing editor of Syllabus.

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