Blackboard adds iPhone and mobile web platform to suite

Blackboard, a global education technology provider, has announced a major step forward in its efforts to support students’ mobile lifestyle with the acquisition of Terriblyclever Design, makers of MobilEdu, the category defining suite of iPhone and mobile web applications for education.

MobilEdu allows education institutions to deliver a rich set of campus life services and content to mobile devices, uniquely branded for each institution, to better connect current students, parents, faculty, prospective students and alumni to the campus experience in a way that wasn’t possible before.

With an Apple iPhone, iPod Touch or other device with a mobile web browser, MobilEdu users can navigate course catalogs and campus maps, email professors and classmates and get real time updates on their course schedules, campus events, news and sports teams.

“Today’s students want to do everything with their mobile devices, including managing their social, school and work lives,” said Michael L. Chasen, president and CEO at Blackboard. “Mobile is just beginning to emerge and no one is doing more to define the space in education than Terriblyclever. We’re pleased to join forces to help institutions get serious about meeting the expectations of students and other campus constituents who live and learn in a mobile, digital world.”

San Francisco-based Terriblyclever was started by a group of students who worked with Stanford University to build iStanford, a set of iPhone applications to support campus life. Terriblyclever has also developed iPhone and mobile Web campus applications for Duke University, Medical College of Georgia, Texas A&M University and several other higher education and K-12 institutions.

Now part of the Blackboard family of solutions, MobilEdu is an independent platform that can be accessed by users who download their institution’s iPhone application from the Apple iPhone AppStore to their iPhone or other mobile device.

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