Blackboard’s NookStudy Building Block now available for download

The long promised Blackboard/NookStudy is now available for download. Students and instructors will now be able use NookStudy to exchange assignments, notes, and other study materials.Since it requires Blackboard, I won't be able to test it.  But I've passed the news along to a couple of ed-tech bloggers I know, and if any express an opinion I'll repost it here.I'm a little disappointed, though. I was hoping for collaboration features that wouldn't be quite so closely tied in to Blackboard. Okay, that's a little unrealistic, but there are other platforms out there.From the press release:Blackboard Inc. (Nasdaq: BBBB) and Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the world's largest bookseller and leading operator of college bookstores, today announced the general availability of an integration that lets college students access and use interactive e-textbooks and other digital content from Barnes & Noble's vast catalog directly within Blackboard Learn™, the leading Web based teaching and learning platform.

With the integration, students can access and purchase content from Barnes & Noble's vast catalog of over 1 million titles, including e-books, e-textbooks, relevant study aids, test prep guides, periodicals, and hundreds of thousands of trade and professional titles, directly within the online course environment.

This integration easily connects faculty and students to NOOKstudy, the free ereader and study application from Barnes & Noble, enabling them to navigate through digital content and assignments to make their studying efforts more efficient and effective. It streamlines the ability of faculty to assign e-textbooks and digital course content that students can access and purchase.  In addition, faculty can assign specific readings within assigned materials pointing to the exact location where they are available in the NOOKstudy environment. Students can go straight from Blackboard Learn to the assignment and begin reading and studying.

"The developers definitely took everything that we said to heart, and I've even seen little pieces that I've suggested go into it," Alex Filosa, a student at Fordham University. "The note taking, the highlighting, it's very personalized. It's like me; I might have different colors for different things. I think NOOKstudy is going to be a great time saver."

With NOOKstudy students have access to multiple pieces of online course material which they can highlight, tag, take notes and customize, helping them save time, stay organized and study smarter.

"This integration is part of our overall effort to make it easier for educators and students to find and share content," said Matt Small, Blackboard's Chief Business Officer. "The partnership helps remove limitations on the number of titles you can make available and how you can access them."

"Integrating NOOKstudy and digital content into the Blackboard Learn experience is a huge step forward in enabling easy access to digital content for students," said Tracey Weber, Executive Vice President, Textbooks and Digital Education at Barnes & Noble.com. "This will add another layer of efficiency and effectiveness to the NOOKstudy experience for students and faculty."

The NOOKstudy Blackboard Building Block™ is free to all higher education institutions in North America running Blackboard Learn Release 9 or Release 9.1. Support for Release 8 is expected to be available by the end of October.

For more information about Blackboard Learn, please visit http://blackboard.com/Teaching-Learning/Learn-Platform.aspx. For more information about NOOKstudy by Barnes & Noble, please visit http://www.NOOKstudy.com.

About Nate Hoffelder (11598 Articles)
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader:"I've been into reading ebooks since forever, but I only got my first ereader in July 2007. Everything quickly spiraled out of control from there. Before I started this blog in January 2010 I covered ebooks, ebook readers, and digital publishing for about 2 years as a part of MobileRead Forums. It's a great community, and being a member is a joy. But I thought I could make something out of how I covered the news for MobileRead, so I started this blog."

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