TOOLS: Teaming Up for Mobile Learning

Sprint and Blackboard Inc. are partnering to turn the “everywhere” mobile device into an anytime learning option. The two companies will offer Blackboard Mobile Learn — a new application from Blackboard that will let students learn when and where they want — to users of Sprint devices at no additional cost to institutions.

The application will recreate and enrich the course experience of With Blackboard Learn, millions of students will be able to tap into mobile learning opportunities by checking grades and assignments, adding comments to discussion boards, e-mailing instructors and classmates, and posting comments to blogs — all from their mobile devices.

Blackboard Mobile Learn is available through an annual license, branded under the school’s name, and can be downloaded by students and faculty at mobile application stores.

Schools that are interested in experimenting with mobile learning on their campus for no additional charge can enable wi-fi access to Blackboard Mobile Learn on devices such as the iPhone and iPod touch and select smartphones, including those from Sprint. The no-cost options are intended to help institutions get started quickly without extra investments.

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