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Blackboard Learn Adds Professional Profiles for Students

Blackboard Learn has added professional profiles for students in an effort to help connect them with job and internship opportunities.

The Enhanced Cloud Profile allows students to share information such as skills, competencies, degree plans and academic achievements with potential employers, instructors or fellow students. Privacy tools allow students to control "every aspect of their data," according to a news release.

"The profile can highlight the same things your resume would, but it tells a more compelling story," said Davante Lewis, University of Louisiana System student board member and student at McNeese State University, in a prepared statement. "It's a way you can market yourself beyond the typical 'what did you graduate in' and 'what jobs did you have.' This student profile is designed to show what students are capable of. It makes a huge difference in positioning yourself for a successful career."

Students can also link to their MyEdu account.

"The traditional resume is on its way out and online tools that work for mid-career professionals don't effectively show a college student's skills and accomplishments or truly distinguish their talents," said Jay Bhatt, CEO of Blackboard, in a prepared statement. "It just makes sense to leverage the environment students are in every day to house their educational information, to also showcase their skills and connect them to job opportunities."

The company has also announced a redesign of Portfolios. "While the Enhanced Cloud Profile allows for a high-level view of the educational identity of a student, Portfolios allows for a more in-depth look at specific project work and course assignments. Together, the features enhance the ability for students to illustrate their competencies and achievements through Blackboard Learn."

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Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at jbolkan@gmail.com.

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