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Blackboard rolls out mobile app for its mass notification service

Friday, December 14, 2012

Blackboard has launched another mobile app, this one enabling Blackboard Connect message recipients to get alerts and personalize their messaging settings directly from their mobile devices.

The company’s MyConnect application is now available for free from Apple iTunes and Google Play app stores. Institutions using Blackboard Connect can make the app available directly from the platform’s user interface.


The new app enables community members to subscribe to MyConnect groups, which are topic-based subscription lists provided by their institutions. Community members can also identify message mode preferences, including voice, email or SMS/text. Recipients can use the app to review all of these messages at their convenience.

The app also allows users to manage notifications from different institutions with whom they are affiliated that use Blackboard Connect. For example, parents can stay informed about their child’s school while also getting up-to-date alerts from their local city or county, or even their workplace.

Blackboard Connect is a mass notification system connecting organizations with their communities. In 2011, Blackboard Connect delivered more than one billion messages. [end] 

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