December 21, 2015
Blackboard has had a pretty eventful year. As one of the companies that put DC edtech, or edtech in general, on the map, they’ve gone through several transformations over the last year. However, this latest change has them coming full circle.
The company recently moved into a brand new office space in the same building where they first began. They now occupy over, 71,000 square-feet in office space throughout three floors of the Clarion Partners building. The building is also home to Social Radar, a company founded by former Blackboard founder and CEO Michael Chasen.
Thew new space contains a more open-plan layout to encourage collaboration, massive floor-to-ceiling windows that let in lots of natural light, and well as a kitchen where employees can feel comfortable relaxing and hanging out.
This sparkling new office space would appear to be the perfect way to cap off what has been a couple years of revitalization for the company (The new office even features a welcome sign that says “The New Blackboard”). In the past two years they’ve acquired a dozen competitors. They’ve also realigning their focus to keep things more centralized, yet extend their reach to more international customers.
Despite these changes, the company’s overall mission has remained the same: to re-imagine education by creating new ways to better serve learners and the institutions that serve them. Over the summer Blackboard released a New Learning Experience that focuses on the learner and promotes better engagement.
“There is a major disconnect between what today’s learners want, and what the educational system is giving them – and it’s about time that we all take a close look at how to change that,” said Jay Bhatt, President and CEO of Blackboard, in a statement. “In order for learners of all types and ages to be truly successful, we need to be brutally honest about what’s working and what’s not. We need to re-imagine how learning can happen, and we’ve taken a major step toward realizing that vision today.”
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