SAN JOSE, Calif., April 7, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Connected classroom innovator, YuJa has announced that lecture capture and live course webcasting will be available to students and instructors using Blackboard Learn™. The integration is made available via a Blackboard Building Blocks which are designed to expand the abilities of the Blackboard software.

YuJa offer institutions a comprehensive suite of tools including lecture capture, live “course-casting”, video podcasting, multimedia discussion forums and video chats. Kevin Tryon, YuJa’s Channel and Partnership Manager, adds that “Integrating YuJa directly into Blackboard will make it simple for instructors and universities to offer affordable lecture capture to their students.”

Educators around the country are already using Blackboard’s market leading teaching and learning solutions to organize online learning for their students, and students are familiar with Blackboard Learn for managing classroom assignments, tests and more. With access to the resources of YuJa, educators can seamlessly integrate both the brick-and-mortar and online learning environments, to improve student learning and satisfaction. According to YuJa co-founder, Nathan Arora, “This partnership provides the thousands of colleges and universities across the country already using Blackboard’s solutions with access to the lecture capture and integrated classroom resources of YuJa.”

The Blackboard Learn and YuJa integration offers the following to both instructors and students:

  • Access to on-demand lecture capture services, streaming in real-time or captured on the cloud for future viewing and reviewing.
  • Multimedia discussion forums to encourage student and faculty interaction outside of the classroom.
  • Mobile integration for smartphones and tablets allows students to watch live streaming lectures or lecture captures on their own schedule.
  • Enables flipped classroom structures, with classroom time available for discussion and activities.

With the collaboration of Blackboard and YuJa, instructors can implement the newest learning technologies for their students, which create an exciting online social learning opportunity, and can increase student satisfaction and retention.

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