Blackboard Buys Student-Centric Web Platform MyEdu
Blackboard Inc., most popular for its learning-management system used in colleges, said it would acquire MyEdu, a web platform designed to help students showcase skills to potential employers. My Edu, based in Austin, Tex., employs about 20 people and boasts profile functions like a résumé, with pertinent academic and work experience organized in colorful, easily viewable tiles. The platform falls inline with the movement toward competency-based education, said Jay Bhatt, Blackboard’s chief executive . User profiles allow students to share entire projects with would-be employers, showing relevant skills rather than just listing a major.
[Bhatt] described the acquisition as “small” compared with others that Blackboard has made in the past several years, but “extremely strategic.”
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