Fishtree and Blackboard Partner to Deliver Personalized Learning Solution to K-12 and Higher Education Institutions

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New integration within Blackboard Learn helps improve access and quality of education for students

It is this ease of customization that will deliver better teaching and learning experiences, ultimately helping our students reach their academic goals.

Fishtree, the world’s first Learning Relationship Management (LRM) platform, today announced a partnership enabling users to leverage its state-of-the-art personalized learning solution directly within Blackboard’s flagship learning management system, Blackboard Learn. The partnership gives educators the ability to create and scale personalized digital courseware in the classroom or online.

According to The Campus Computing Project, 94 percent of participants believe digital instructional resources and adaptive learning solutions can deliver better student outcomes. Access to Fishtree empowers Blackboard Learn users to enrich the quality of teaching and learning—while increasing accessibility and affordability for students—in a way that is flexible, straightforward, and less time-consuming for instructors.

“We are thrilled to welcome Fishtree into Blackboard’s dynamic community of partners,” said Kathleen Vieira, VP of Partner Enablement for Blackboard. “We have always been committed to giving our customers flexibility in the way they customize and extend their teaching and learning solutions. The partnership with Fishtree enables institutions to integrate a cutting-edge personalized learning solution with our powerful learning management system -- providing users an opportunity to build and deliver quality digital content in a whole new way.”

Fishtree drives an adaptive, personalized learning experience based on the learning profile of every student. Combined with Blackboard Learn, it provides a robust and dynamic productivity and learning platform to K-12 and higher education schools and programs. Teachers using the platform can launch digital courseware and transition to student-centered instruction models with ease, such as blended and personalized learning and competency-based education, resulting in more engaged students and better learning outcomes.

The integration offers:

  • Flexible and effortless customization of digital courseware via access to licensed, Open Education Resources (OERs), and user-generated content.
  • The ability to adapt and personalize content to student needs, aligning them to any learning standards, competencies or outcomes.
  • 55 Technology-Enhanced Test Items (TEIs) to build assessments quickly—instructors can also use licensed assessments or upload their own.
  • Simple and intuitive interface with a low learning curve, requiring minimal training for faculty and other staff.
  • Automatic and comprehensive real-time analytics that evaluate student engagement, success, and content efficacy, demonstrating return on education as well as investment.

"The integration of Fishtree within Blackboard is absolutely crucial for us," said Dr. Christopher Lilly, chair of the Department of Technology at Concordia University Chicago. "Not only will it help us expand our program offerings but it will also help faculty dramatically reduce the time and tediousness often required to customize curriculum. It is this ease of customization that will deliver better teaching and learning experiences, ultimately helping our students reach their academic goals."

Fishtree’s rich learning application meets the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) specifications established by the IMS Global Learning Consortium. As such, chief technology officers and other technology leaders in education will experience a seamless integration with their current learning management system, student information system, and other legacy systems. User accounts are generated automatically, enabling faculty, students, and administrators to easily access Fishtree through a Single Sign on (SSO) process.

"With more schools and institutions launching digital courseware, our model will help Blackboard users deliver quality learning opportunities to their students,” said Fishtree CEO Terry Nealon. “We recognize the need for instructors and instructional designers to easily build flexible and engaging courses that are measured by what content is working and what is not. This partnership is simply the easiest way to scale personalized learning today, enabling users to attend to the needs of every student while driving better learning outcomes at low-cost to students." 

Learn more about the Fishtree integration for Blackboard Learn and get started here.

About Fishtree
Fishtree makes learning personal, empowering students to learn in a way that is best suited for their distinct needs and aspirations. Fishtree’s next generation personalized learning platform helps educators create and deliver flexible, personalized digital courseware at scale: driving down costs, improving quality and access, increasing productivity, and achieving better learning outcomes.

For further information on Fishtree, visit http://www.fishtree.com/ or tweet @fishtree_edu.

About Blackboard
Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. We challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning in order to reimagine education and make it more accessible, engaging and relevant to the modern day learner and the institutions that serve them. In partnership with our customers and partners in higher education and K-12 as well as corporations and government agencies around the world, our mission is to help every learner achieve their full potential by inspiring a passion for lifelong learning. For more information about Blackboard, follow us on Twitter @Blackboard.

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