- Blackboard kicked off its annual user conference, BbWorld 2014, with two major announcements: New teaching and learning solutions that combine its products for added value, and the launch of a software-as-a-service (SaaS) version of its learning environment.
- The base version of the new learning solutions include the Blackboard online environment, collaboration tools, mobiles apps, and access to adoption services, but is customizable dependent on needs beyond that.
- With the SaaS environment, Blackboard says it now has the most flexible and comprehensive deployment options available from any company thus far.
With these announcements, Blackboard recognizes the differences between various institutions and is indicating a desire to provide them something other than a "one size fits all" solution. While the overall trend right now does seem to be providing all-in-one solutions (at the K-12 level, as well), it's also wise to acknowledge that the ability to customize a platform to meet an institution's needs is critical for many administrators, as well.