Wiley and Blackboard Launch Combined Digital Learning Integration
Instructor and Student Tested Solution Integrates Rich Digital Content & Tools in Online CoursesJune 14, 2012
HOBOKEN, NJ and WASHINGTON, DC– A new integration for using digital learning content from John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (NYSE: JWa, JWb) with the leading learning management system (LMS) from Blackboard Inc. is now available to students and faculty worldwide, the companies announced today.
The solution gives students and faculty access to the rich collection of learning content and tools from Wiley’s research-based, online teaching and learning environment, WileyPLUS, directly within the Blackboard Learn™ platform. Thousands of students and instructors across multiple disciplines participated in a full semester limited field trial and provided feedback to shape this best-in-class integration, ensuring thehighest quality experience for system administrators, faculty and students.
“Being able to use the Wiley content I want together with Blackboard Learn is extremely powerful and easy,” said Valerie C. Simmons, Instructor at the College of Business at The University of Southern Mississippi. “Rather than adding a link, I can now insert the Wiley content I want in my course and students can use it without having to go from one system to another – and the grades are automatically synched so it’s easier to track content usage.”
With the single sign-on, students can interact with digital content directly within their courses moving from Wiley content and assignments to LMS toolslike journals or discussions in a seamless workflow. The integration of Wiley’s eTextbook, media resources, and interactive assignments in Blackboard Learn allows instructors to better sequence their course using the activities and resources found in both WileyPLUS and Blackboard Learn. Students who participated in the field trial agreed that the integrated solution made then more likely to complete assignments, helped them learn and improved their grade.
“Last semester I didn't use WileyPLUS or Blackboard Learn, and I'm doing better this semester in both of my accounting classes,”said Margaret Cusmina from Montgomery County Community College. “Doingthe problems and interacting though WileyPLUS and the Blackboard Learn discussion board has helped me better understand the material and do better in the class overall.”