Blackboard™ is a Big Deal

Blackboard is big time. Blackboard Learn™ leads the higher education learning management world. Blackboard Learn serves more than 20 million learners.

And starting in 2011 (or thereabouts), Blackboard is going to be rocking the SCORM Engine in Blackboard Learn.

We are nothing short of thrilled to announce that Blackboard has signed a long term agreement with Rustici Software to deliver all SCORM and AICC based material in Blackboard Learn, their flagship product.

Ultimately, we’ll let Blackboard tell their story of why they opted to go with the SCORM Engine, but this is what we know.

  • Blackboard had a prior SCORM delivery setup based on an open source SCORM implementation, and they found it to be inadequate in supporting their customers.
  • Blackboard considered building their own SCORM implementation, but realized they could do it better and more cost effectively by working with us.
  • Blackboard considered other commercial SCORM technology… briefly.

Blackboard’s adoption of our rock solid SCORM technology will make things better for Blackboard learners and those people who provide content to Blackboard. This is a huge step for us as well toward one of our long term goals:

Rustici Software would like to provide the technology that makes every SCORM transaction go.

Consider this an invitation to all of the big LMS providers. Each LMS provider that adopts the SCORM Engine reduces the pain associated with eLearning for the industry as a whole. Blackboard’s adoption of the SCORM Engine is a big step toward our goal.

For more on Blackboard’s commitment to SCORM and open standards in general, check out today’s blog posts by Ray Henderson and John Fontaine.


  • WOW! That’s fantastic news and recognition for your SCORM Engine. Congrats to Mike and the whole Rustici crew!

  • Andrew Downes

    Any idea when this work will be completed? What do you think the chances of this being completed, released and stable in time for September 2011 are?

    Along another line of questioning, do you have experience of making the current incarnation of Blackboard 9.1 play nicely with Captivate CS5 generated SCORM packages, and where can I find out how much this costs?

  • Andrew. Sorry, we really can’t get in a guessing game as to Blackboard’s release and publication schedule. I would say more likely in September than April, of course, but their schedule is their own.

    In BB9.1 and Captivate CS5 you have two products over which we had no influence, so I can’t offer a lot of help or commentary there either… Sorry.

  • FP

    Did you find out the answer? I have the same question about Captivate.

  • The SCORM Engine has now been released into the BB 9.1 service pack line. I think SP 6 was the first release to include the SCORM Engine.

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