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Blackboard Overview

Washington, DC
1001 to 5000 employees
1997
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
We're shaping the future of education with big ideas that challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning. Every day we're inspiring people to find new ways to learn, connect and drive change in the way education is delivered ... Read more

Mission: We understand that the way people learn is dynamic, and that the education landscape is continuously evolving. Our mission is to partner with the global education community to enable student and institutional success, by leveraging innovative technologies and ... Read more

Company Updates

  • The latest Blackboard Learn SaaS release is now available. It includes tools to help drive student engagement, save instructors time, and much more. Learn about it here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQKaW

    Release Notes for Learn SaaS | Blackboard Help

    Blackboard is committed to protecting the privacy of all users. Due to changing regulations globally concerning use of data and privacy, including the European Union General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR), this release includes updates that impact user experience. Administrators should evaluate the impact this may have for their users.

  • Blackboard is a finalist for several SIIA CODiE awards! We're honored to be recognized in multiple categories. Full list here: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ6ZY

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Blackboard – Why Work For Us?


With nearly 20,000 organizational customers and millions of student users, Blackboard is the world's leading education technology company. Blackboard is shaping the future of education with big ideas that challenge conventional thinking and advance new models of learning. Every day we’re inspiring people to find new ways to learn, connect and drive change in the way education is delivered and experienced. Using technology as a conduit, we bring people closer to the knowledge they seek and to ways they can change their own education and the world for the better.

Culture and Values

Here at Blackboard we treat each other with mutual understanding and respect. Our values are what shapes the relationships and bonds at the company.

Integrity

We are committed to doing the right thing. We build trusted relationships through our honest and transparent communications with our colleagues and clients.

Excellence

We challenge ourselves to raise the bar by driving a high-performance culture focused on excellence. We are results-oriented and rigorously measure our progress. 

Innovation

We seek innovative ways to deliver market-driving solutions. We take risks, learn from failure and embrace creativity. 

Accountability

We hold ourselves and each other accountable for keeping commitments. We are decisive in our actions and take personal responsibility for outcomes.

Work at Bb

Want to truly impact the way the world is learning? Work at Blackboard. Every day brings new challenges and new ideas. And you’ll never get bored in the fast-paced fields of education and technology.

At the heart of our business we’re committed to creating a better education experience. We live this mission every day. When we’re not evolving the industry, we’re volunteering in local classrooms, interacting with educators and investing in education.

Join our team of thinkers, doers and visionaries. Share ideas and be heard, build relationships and be part of environment where energy and innovation are contagious.

Never stop learning. Work at Blackboard.

Blackboard is an equal opportunity-affirmative action employer.

Charitable Giving

I wanted to pause on this #GivingTuesday and reflect on the wonderful work being done by the Blackboard Charitable Giving Program. The program recognizes nonprofit organizations whose outstanding work is helping provide a world with increased opportunity for all through better access to education and technology.

I’d also like to recognize the generosity of our employees who are focused on doing the right thing to positively impact education outcomes – both in the work that they do every day and in activities like our Charitable Giving Program.

Denise Haselhorst
HR Senior Vice President, Blackboard

Check out our 2017 Award Recipients below:

 

Digital Harbor Foundation

Digital Harbor’s vision is to create productive, economically sustainable youth through both its direct-service youth programming and educator capacity-building. To achieve this vision, it focuses on increasing access to high-growth technology education, dual-enrollment, and employment opportunities; encouraging development of career-readiness skills; building the capacity of other educators to offer high impact technology programming through in-person and online offerings; and increasing direct impact through its Rec2Tech model to create new Tech Centers in Maryland and around the country.

For Love of Children

The organization’s mission is to provide free educational services beyond the classroom to help low-income students succeed from first grade through college and career. It brings together students, families, volunteers and community partners in proven programs that teach, empower and transform. Since its founding in 1916, the organization has served more than 10,000 youth.

Hopecam, Inc.

Hopecam’s mission is simple – to use technology to overcome the social and academic isolation of children homebound and hospitalized because of their cancer diagnosis. When Hopecam founder Len Forkas’ son Matt was diagnosed with Leukemia 17 years ago, one of the first side effects was that Matt could not go to school. Forkas put a computer and a webcam in his son’s third grade classroom and another in his bedroom. Seeing the remarkable change in Matt’s demeanor persuaded Forkas to found Hopecam in 2003 so that other children could stay connected while being treated for cancer.

International Minority Hub

Created in 2014, International Minority Hub seeks to empower a successful integration for refugee communities, serving as a one-stop shop for families. Recognizing that lack of knowledge and access to opportunities limits success, it provides over 15,000 connections to employment, education, health and basic needs services. The organization acts as advocates and teachers to and for refugees. Over 1500 people have been served in just the Manchester/ Concord areas in only 3 years!

John W. Knight Curiosity Lab

The John W. Knight Curiosity Lab is an initiative to spark and support curiosity, creativity and entrepreneurship for youth of all ages, from toddlers to high school. Founded by Erin Knight, and inspired by the limitless curiosity and innovative spirit of her late husband and engineer, John Knight, it works to create cutting-edge, responsive learning environments and experiential, 21st century educational opportunities for learners of all ages. Its mission is to provide learners with access to the tools, materials and permissions necessary to make and break things, to tinker and explore, to play with ideas, to question and reimagine everything and to feel empowered to act and pursue their emerging curiosities.

STEM for Her

STEM for Her is a non-profit foundation that promotes education to empower girls to change the world through science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related careers. By providing financial support to programs that foster interest in STEM, the foundation works to create awareness, excitement and opportunities for girls and young women throughout the DC Metro region. Founded in 2003 by Women in Technology, it works with organizations throughout the region to provide STEM-related programs to girls ages 12-25.

We are proud to help each of these organizations achieve their mission. To learn more about the Blackboard Charitable Giving Program, please click here.

Blackboard Reviews

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    Pros

    Great sector, good leadership, innovative

    Cons

    Too much change and issues with employee morale

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up and execute on strategy

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Blackboard Photos

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Blackboard Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Blackboard (Austin, TX) in March 2018.

    Interview

    An HR associate contacted me for an initial phone screening. We talked for about 25 minutes, then he told me he would let me know if I made it to the next steps no later than Friday of that week. He asked me to follow up if I didn't hear back. I followed up on Monday and received an out of office notification that he would be out until Thursday of that week. unbeknownst to me. After not hearing from him, I emailed him again. He responded and told me that the company was looking for someone with more strategic experience, although I don't recall discussing strategy and the job posting required 1-3 years of experience, which I have.

    Interview Questions

    • Questions were standard. I expected the more difficult questions to come at the 2nd stage of interviewing.   Answer Question
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Blackboard Awards & Accolades

  • Best Compliance LMS and Best Academic LMS, Talented Learning LMS Awards, 2017
  • Best Advance in Mobile Learning Technology and Best Advance in Technology for Virtual-Classroom or Conferencing Technology, Brandon Hall Group Excellence Awards in Technology, 2017
  • New Product: Blackboard Classroom, Tech & Learning Awards of Excellence, 2017
  • First place: Learning Management Systems & E-Learning Platforms, Campus Technology 2017 Readers' Choice Awards, 2017
  • Best Places to Work in Indiana, Best Places to Work in Indiana, 2017
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